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  1. Air-quality standards may be tightened

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai william.clem@scmp.com Mainland authorities are considering tightening air-quality standards to include fine particulate matter in the pollution index for the first ... microns in standard reports on air quality, Xinhua reported yesterday. Fine particulate, known as PM2.5, is one of the principal factors in visible smog and is known to cause lung damage. It may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/980891/air-quality-standards-may-be-tightened
  2. HK ranks last on key measure of air quality

    Posted Oct 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the latest report on regional air quality. Jointly presented by the environmental protection authorities of Guangdong and Hong Kong, the report showed the region's air quality got slightly worse ... as summer approached. It was mainly due to the relatively clean maritime air stream that prevailed in the Pearl River Delta region during summer. The Hong Kong Environment Bureau says there have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/983212/hk-ranks-last-key-measure-air-quality
  3. Air quality task force meets once in 8 years

    Posted Apr 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... An official task force set up 13 years ago to improve indoor air quality has met only eight times, and none of their projects has received public recognition, the Audit Commission said ... Tong, which is intended to give the public advice on how to improve indoor air quality. About 100 groups have visited the centre - 90 per cent of whom came from the mainland or overseas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965012/air-quality-task-force-meets-once-8-years
  4. Revision of air quality objectives long overdue

    Posted Jan 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to investigate a complaint by Friends of the Earth that the administration is dragging its feet on revising the city's air quality objectives. Soon after the new bureau was created, the government's Council for Sustainable Development launched a public consultation on pollution. There was a sense of urgency because the World Health Organisation had issued new air quality guidelines ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/735083/revision-air-quality-objectives-long-overdue
  5. Watchdog upholds air quality complaint

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy The Ombudsman has upheld a landmark complaint from an environmental group which accused the Hong Kong government of dragging its heels over setting new air quality standards. After a five-month investigation, the watchdog- which has become increasingly vocal in its criticism of officialdom- said the government should set out a timetable for new air quality objectives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/967189/watchdog-upholds-air-quality-complaint
  6. Solution to combat air pollution

    Posted Apr 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... understand the ambient air quality of your home. 'The consumer must know what pollutants are in their home before making a purchase,' she says. 'The filter must pass international standards and you must know there has been an improvement in air quality- the only way to do this is to measure the efficiency with a particle scanner.' Lam says one customer, a doctor, bought ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/964456/solution-combat-air-pollution
  7. Air quality objectives 'will make things worse'

    Posted Feb 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang The government's proposed air quality objectives would actually make some pollution worse, University of Hong Kong researchers say. Using a new mathematical model ... admissions a year due to poor air quality. But if it adopted the government standards, the figures would rise to five million and 92,700, respectively, researchers said. They found that if the city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738854/air-quality-objectives-will-make-things-worse
  8. Dark future if officials stick to their head-in-the-sand air quality policies

    Posted Feb 20th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If public transport were used more often, air quality would significantly improve. Public transport also has the added bonus of making people healthier because it means walking to the stop ... Imagine a city where fresh air is non-existent, and people must wear gas masks outside. Imagine a city without direct sunlight due to the constant cover of smog, and where plants struggle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/738657/dark-future-if-officials-stick-their-head-sand-air-quality-policies
  9. Officials shy away from fight for better air quality

    Posted Jan 11th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... if no consensus is finally reached. Yet, after three years of consultancy and HK$6 million in expense, the government's review of the air quality objectives, drawn up in 1987, has seemingly stalled, ... cannot give our legislators a definite timeline for the release of the new air quality standards, providing only an unconvincing response that there is no consensus in the community. There have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/735365/officials-shy-away-fight-better-air-quality
  10. Greens put HK air 'shame' on the map

    Posted Nov 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... standard has yet to be formally introduced even though the public consultation on updating the 24-year-old air quality objectives ended two years ago. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen pledged ... guidelines, was a 'very challenging' one. She said new air quality objectives would be introduced in this government's term. 36 micrograms of fine particles per cubic metre have been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/985861/greens-put-hk-air-shame-map

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