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  1. Pall of pollution shows which way wind blows

    Posted Jul 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... our pollution levels remain unacceptable. Pacific breezes pushed away the pall over Hong Kong for a few days last week. If conditions had been still, air quality readings would have been poor. ... We were basking just days ago under the bluest of skies and breathing in the cleanest air of recent memory. Hong Kong was picture perfect; every resident would have been proud to show ...

  2. Choke hold

    Posted Jun 30th 2008, 12:00am by Hazel Parry

    ... Hong Kong's increasingly polluted air could be to blame for more allergies and respiratory ills than we realise, writes Hazel Parry It may start with a few sneezes and a runny nose, ... of abating two weeks later, you consult your doctor. The problem: Hong Kong's bad air. You're suffering an allergic reaction to pollution. The smog that regularly cloaks our skyline ...

  3. Residential car-park plans fly in the face of air pollution pledges

    Posted Dec 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that block ventilation and are a major cause of air pollution and conflict between pedestrians and vehicles. In most mature cities, inner-city residential accommodation does not include parking facilities, yet here in Hong Kong, where previously few blocks included car parking, people who would never have dreamed of purchasing a car now find themselves with an empty garage to fill. Perhaps ...

  4. Activists, citing 'real' air monitor, seek tighter limits on pollution

    Posted Sep 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yau Chui-yan Green groups and medical academics in Hong Kong say it is time for the government to adopt World Health Organisation air-quality guidelines, with Greenpeace releasing ... Kong, said that was not an excuse for Hong Kong to avoid doing so. 'Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta are among the most heavily polluted areas in the world,' he said. ...

  5. HK's air pollution a key theme

    Posted Oct 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Air Pollution Index for being outdated and for failing to measure the seriousness of the problem. Recent research by the University of Hong Kong has found that the air contains twice as much soot and other pollutants as London and three times as much as New York. Chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has pledged to 'fix' Hong Kong's unacceptable air quality, which ...

  6. Web index tracks real-time health, economic impact of air pollution

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai An index believed to be the first anywhere to offer continuous, real-time measurement of the economic and health impacts of air pollution was launched yesterday in Hong Kong ... the index showed that this year, more than 1,100 people in Hong Kong had died prematurely and economic losses of more than HK$2.2 billion had been incurred because of air pollution. In an earlier ...

  7. Amended air pollution law will lead to drastic emissions cuts

    Posted May 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for power plants in the region to meet the emission limits, thereby help improve the air quality of Hong Kong and the region. To ensure no adverse impact on the local air quality in the vicinity ... is the largest emission source in Hong Kong. Emissions must be reduced greatly if we are to improve air quality. The proposed legislative amendments aim to do just that. Pang Sik-wing, principal ...

  8. Bold steps needed in air pollution battle

    Posted Oct 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... more stringent standards. This has not yet been done in Hong Kong. As a result, the panel has been discussing ways to combat pollution without any clear targets to aim for. As we report today, ... It is two years since the World Health Organisation toughened its air-quality guidelines for a minimum level of health protection against pollution. The government responded by launching ...

  9. Air pollution hits record high

    Posted Mar 04th 2008, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... spokesman said Hong Kong was being affected by a continental air stream with relatively high background air pollution. The Observatory said the weak winds had been a major factor pushing up ... Celine Sun Air pollution hit a record high for the year yesterday, with officials blaming light winds trapping vehicle emissions and high regional air pollution. The air pollution index ...

  10. Deprived areas pose greater risk of death from air pollution

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Residents in deprived areas of Hong Kong stand a higher risk of dying from the effects of air pollution, a study has found. The report, published in this month's ... professor in the University of Hong Kong's department of community medicine. Professor Wong said these people might be more vulnerable because they were more exposed to pollution and because ...




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