Lax attitude towards pollution

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 December, 1999, 12:00am

I had such a nice walk up Victoria Peak recently, until I turned on to Hornsey Road. Sure enough, across from Glenealy Junior School, there were the few taxis with motors running and drivers asleep inside - a common find. But there, parked half-on and half-off the sidewalk, was a government vehicle - marked 'CED-GEO' (licence number supplied to the South China Morning Post ) with, you guessed it, the motor running, windows up and the driver inside reading a newspaper! Anyone need further evidence that the Government isn't serious about dealing with our air pollution problem? RHONDDA MAY Mid-Levels Could someone please explain to me how the ingenious 'hand-filter' system employed by so many locals in Hong Kong works? I've been attempting this handy air-filtering technique myself.

However, I find that air seems to creep through the cracks between my fingers so that I breath the same exhaust-fume choked mixture as if I had not bothered at all.

I would really appreciate some assistance here, as I feel that if I can perfect my technique, I would be able to stop worrying about the atrocious air pollution problem when I'm walking around town.