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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLLUTION

    MTR yet to switch to new Air Quality Health Index for pollution warnings

    Posted Jan 12th 2014, 05:01am by Ada Lee

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com MTR yet to switch to new air-quality index The switch to the government's new measure of air pollution appears to be proving a challenge for the MTR. Although the new Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) officially came into force at the end of last year, the Sunday Morning Post found the train company was still using the old Air Pollution Index (API) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1403394/mtr-yet-switch-new-air-quality-health-index-pollution-warnings
  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Students barred from new HKU hostel over air quality fears

    Posted Sep 06th 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... quality fears shut hostel The University of Hong Kong may have underestimated the scale of the indoor air quality problem in its much-delayed new hostel and could face soaring bills to accommodate ... and budgeted HK$1 million for alternative accommodation. But an expert on indoor air quality said yesterday it could take up to six months and students' health could suffer if they moved ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1030279/students-barred-new-hku-hostel-over-air-quality-fears
  3. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Study shows how China’s air quality affects its global competitiveness

    Posted Jan 11th 2014, 04:16am by Li Jing

    ... management capacity and the balance between economic growth and conservation. The data was compiled using 16 indicators, including air quality. Switzerland, Germany and Norway topped the list. Brazil was the highest-ranked developing country, in fifth place, while the United States was 26th. The study evaluated air quality based on levels of four pollutants, including smog-induced fine particles known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1402682/study-shows-how-chinas-air-quality-affects-its-global-competitiveness
  4. Comment - Letters

    More pedestrianised areas can boost air quality and safety

    Posted Jan 12th 2014, 03:43am by LETTERS

    ... More pedestrianised areas can boost air quality and safety Upon the unveiling of the ambitious Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong in March last year, undersecretary for environment Christine Loh Kung-wai said that the government was in the process of exploring the possibility of expanding pedestrianisation as one of the tougher measures to cut down on nitrogen dioxide levels, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1403286/more-pedestrianised-areas-can-boost-air-quality-and-safety
  5. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong's new air quality health index shows changes at four out of nine monitoring stations

    Posted Dec 24th 2013, 05:15am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com But more moderate gradings of pollutants does not mean new system is less stringent Three down, one up in revised air index Air quality recordings released ... But environmentalists said this did not mean that the new index, the air quality health index (AQHI), was less stringent than the old one- the air pollution index (API). "In fact, it reflects the health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1389389/hong-kongs-new-air-quality-health-index-shows-changes-four-out-nine
  6. 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
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Chinese Academy of Sciences loses recruit over air quality fears

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com Prospect's refusal of CAS position shows how pollution can hurt effort to lure overseas talent Science academy loses recruit over air quality fears A leading ... after the capital was shrouded in smog for much of the National Day "golden week" holiday last week. The city's air quality depends heavily on weather conditions, with colder ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1328921/chinese-academy-sciences-loses-recruit-over-air-quality-fears
  8. Air quality in Central reaches worst this year

    Posted Dec 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai As a chill wind from the north descended on the city yesterday, roadside air quality in Central plunged to its worst this year, posing a threat to public health. The air ... of 155 and 135 over the past two days. Under the city's 22-year-old air quality guidelines- which critics say are outdated- an air pollution index reading of 51 to 100 is classified as high ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/732761/air-quality-central-reaches-worst-year
  9. Air quality index may grade risks to health

    Posted Mar 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the results of a review of air quality objectives enacted 23 years ago. The recommended system is modelled on the Canadian Air Quality Health Index, which has a scale of 1 to 10 and shows four ... selected air pollutants- sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, respirable suspended particles and carbon monoxide. Whenever that maximum reading exceeds the level of the air quality objectives, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/709446/air-quality-index-may-grade-risks-health
  10. 'Beginner' air quality standards criticised

    Posted Oct 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... outdated air quality objectives. The chief executive outlined the plan in the policy address, marking the first time the administration has offered clear ideas on how it is going to revise ... the air quality in the long run, we will adopt targets in stages, giving due regard to the World Health Organisation's guidelines,' Mr Tsang said. Released in 2006, the WHO guidelines, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/656367/beginner-air-quality-standards-criticised

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