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  1. New government must do more to clean up the city's polluted air

    Posted May 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Air quality is still at dangerous levels most of the time in Hong Kong and may only improve during summer. Most pollution is locally generated. I am worried about the PM2.5 level (fine ... are quite close to the emissions, including primary gaseous pollutants, that can form ultrafine particulate which can be subsequently aggregated to fine particulate. The current average annual PM2.5 ...

  2. Pollution set to stay

    Posted Jan 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kong, we cannot set a goal that is unachievable.' The new objectives, which lay down atmospheric concentrations for seven pollutants, are more stringent than existing ones. Among them, ... with the loosest of the WHO targets. These are harmful as they can penetrate deep into people's lungs. Other measures include more car-free zones, phasing out heavily polluting vehicles and promoting ...

  3. Air pollution hits record high

    Posted Jan 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Air pollution levels in Hong Kong were the worst ever last year, says the Environmental Protection Department. Readings at roadside monitoring stations in Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok showed that pollution levels were above the 100 mark more than 20 per cent of the time. That was 10 times worse than in 2005, when high readings were recorded only 2 per cent ...

  4. More focus needed to cut air pollution

    Posted Jan 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mainland China's rapid industrial development has led to many problems of air pollution in its cities. Residents have long wanted the government to tackle the problem- and provide more accurate information about pollution. In 2004 Beijing was ranked as the 13th most polluted city in the world. Pollution from factories and motor vehicles burning fossil fuels has ...

  5. Pollution brings capital to a crawl

    Posted Jan 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... disrupting air and road traffic. Pollution readings from both the local environmental watchdog and the US embassy exceeded the upper limit of 'hazardous' for most of the morning, prompting ... of the country's five-point air pollution index scale. Pollution readings from the US embassy, which updates the data hourly on Twitter, surged past 400 micrograms per cubic metre soon after midnight ...

  6. Lack of political will responsible for the polluted air we breathe in HK

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... It was a further masterpiece in the Environment Bureau's long series of deceptions on air quality management. The full array of short-term and annual pollutant concentrations show that the population ... Air pollution is a major cause of serious morbidity and mortality and will continue to be for decades, especially for children, the deprived and those with other health problems, even ...

  7. New pollution figures on way... in five years

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao jiangtao.shi@scmp.com The mainland's top environmental watchdog has finally unveiled a timetable for long-awaited reform of outdated air pollution standards amid mounting ... the public, yearning for the truth about pollution, will have to wait years for answers. Environmentalists have said that the repeated delays in expanding the pollution-monitoring perimeters ...

  8. Engineers develop new method to check air pollution

    Posted Sep 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jennifer Cheng jennifer.cheng@scmp.com Chinese University engineers have developed technology previously used by the US military to detect explosives to check for toxic air pollutants. Professor Douglas Yung Pun-to, of the department of electronic engineering, and his team are using sensor chips as small as a fingernail to capture different types of toxic air pollutants ...

  9. Sun sparks pollution

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Experts are looking into the possibility that the unusually high air pollution so far this year is a result of dry and bright weather. The air pollution index, which measures air quality and the level of pollutants, was at the 'very high' level for about a third of the January-March period. This means the level of pollutants- on a scale from 0 (no ...

  10. Airport plan could breach new pollution limit by 50pc

    Posted Aug 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Anita Lam The cumulative affect of air pollution from new infrastructure proposed for Tung Chung- including a HK$136.2 billion third runway- could be up to 50 per cent higher than a legal ... in the region into account. The runway alone would raise the level of nitrogen dioxide- a pollutant that can damage the respiratory system- above the newly proposed threshold of 200 micrograms per cubic ...




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