Eric Bohm didn't like it when drivers left their vehicles' engines running in idle. Often he kindly asked them to switch their engines off. But now drivers can breathe easy.
The 68-year-old chief executive of WWF Hong Kong is leaving the city after eight years with the green group. 'My wife has asthma and the air quality here is not good. She had pneumonia twice last year, triggered by bad air and irritation,' he said.
Bohm, a Canadian, has been in Hong Kong since 1981. He will move to Britain with Diane, his wife of 44 years. Yet Bohm says he will miss many things here: the food, the people and his ice hockey team.
What he won't miss is air pollution, which he says has become terrible. He hopes the incoming administration will be able to improve matters. The Canadian says government officials have often lacked vision and courage when it came to green issues.