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  1. 'Warn public on health risks of air pollution'

    Posted Aug 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Air pollution experts have again called for a new alert system to warn the public about health risks created by extreme pollution like the grey pall over Hong Kong yesterday. They issued the appeal as the city choked for a second consecutive day in what green activists called 'life-threatening' levels of air pollution. Roadside ...

  2. Act now on air pollution too

    Posted Aug 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of this newspaper, while one on the health-threatening level of air pollution that day did. He has delayed the address to give the government more time to build a partnership with the new Legislative Council ... extreme pollution events are familiar, but they never fail to shock. This time, experts repeated calls for a new alert system to warn the public about the health risks. Roadside readings ...

  3. Putting a spin on pollution

    Posted Mar 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... or the environment, in an apparent bid to placate simmering anger over widespread ecological degradation and key pollution-cut targets that were missed last year. But his soothing words, offered ... as showcasing the government's determination to curb pollution and heed public concerns, environmentalists said they also served as a grim reminder that China's pollution woes had gone from ...

  4. Mainland's new air pollution values adopted

    Posted Mar 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing jiangtao.shi@scmp.com The mainland government has formally adopted new pollution standards encompassing smog-related pollutants such as fine particles after ... public discontent over official pollution readings that showed positive air-quality figures, even on smoggy days, Xinhua said, citing a statement released after a State Council meeting yesterday. ...

  5. Beijing set to release figures on pollution

    Posted Jan 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com The municipal environmental authorities in Beijing will release air pollution readings for PM2.5 - fine particles with a diameter less than 2.5 microns ... of fine particle pollution,' Ma said. US government standards describe PM2.5 readings above 300 as 'hazardous for the entire population'. The US embassy's readings in Beijing ...

  6. Modern incinerators are used in cities where pollution levels have dropped

    Posted Feb 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in Hong Kong would not be the largest in the world. Plants in Singapore and Amsterdam are 50 per cent bigger. As for pollution concerns, we all cause air pollution by breathing. The plant's ... similar to the one proposed for Hong Kong are operating in major cities such as London, Paris, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. These cities have seen recent improvements in air pollution levels. ...

  7. Pollution data released after outcry over smog

    Posted Jan 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing and Priscilla Jiao Authorities in smog-plagued Beijing yesterday began releasing hourly readings of three major air pollutants, in an apparent bid to appease residents angry about the government's prolonged secrecy over the city's deteriorating air quality. The move coincided with a pledge by Mayor Guo Jinlong to tackle smog-causing pollutants ...

  8. Truth about pollution still shrouded by secrecy

    Posted Jan 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to key environmental information, from the government's clean-up spending to pollution data to related diseases and protests. Transparency still remains elusive, with many of the government's pledges going unfulfilled- such as on openness and providing clean air and water- despite an extremely eventful 2011 that was marked by worsening ecological degradation, rampant pollution ...

  9. What Sherlock Holmes can teach HK about pollution

    Posted Jan 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... 4,000 deaths, mostly from respiratory infections. Hong Kong today suffers from a similarly lethal pollution problem. According to a new study by the University of Hong Kong's (HKU) School of Public Health, our sky-high levels of air pollution now cause an average of 3,200 deaths each year, all easily avoidable. To put that figure into perspective, it is more than 10 times the number ...

  10. Power plants fined for fake pollution data

    Posted Nov 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Eight big power plants have been penalised for violating pollution standards, and six of them have also been fined for fudging emissions data, amid warnings that China's annual targets on cutting pollution and energy waste are slipping out of reach. The latest setback in meeting the country's mandatory targets on reducing ...




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