The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
In Beijing today, the Air Quality Index is squarely in the “very unhealthy” zone, according to the U.S. Embassy’s readings. That’s not at all unusual.
The unrelenting smog means that companies are increasingly considering the city a hardship post. Coca-Cola is one of the latest to start giving expat employees in Beijing a bonus for “environmental hardship” — an extra 15 percent.
Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti checks in with NPR Beijing correspondent Anthony Kuhn.