August 22nd, 2012
03:14 PM ET

Clearing the air in China

I have a simple, though unscientific, method of checking the air quality here in Hong Kong. If I can't see across the harbor to Kowloon from my window, I opt against running outside.

In mainland China, air pollution is a particularly contentious issue. The government is resistant to independent monitoring of its environment.

But kites could help residents of Beijing breathe easier.

Photo courtesy FLOAT Beijing

The project is called FLOAT Beijing. It puts the tools to map and monitor air quality directly in the hands of people who live in the city.

And it looks pretty cool at the same time. The kites are equipped with sensors that change colors depending on the level of pollution, creating what the group calls a "constellation of air quality indicating lights in the night sky."

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  1. FlyingKites

    Kites are actually an ancient invention of China 2800 years ago.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:08 am | Reply
  2. ViewFair2012

    Are the kites made in China?

    August 23, 2012 at 6:20 am | Reply
    • Emomix

      ok I love you box kites, Nathan. Are they marketable? IE: Collapse baalsm wood frame for shipping? I know a friend that would love one of you kites. Do they fly Or are they art mobiles??y March 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

      October 11, 2012 at 6:24 am | Reply

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