Air Pollution Index

Health alert as pollution tops chart

Kowloon is covered by haze which hung around for most of yesterday. Pollution levels are expected to remain high today. Photo: Felix Wong

Severe pollution hit the city yesterday, with the roadside readings in Central peaking at 210 on the Air Pollution Index (API) - the worst level since last August when the reading topped 212.

Monday, 27 April, 2015, 3:29pm

Causeway Bay API soars above WHO safety guidelines

A man with masks on a street in Causeway Bay to avoid air pollution. Photo: Dickson Lee

Environment officials came under pressure to cut vehicle emissions after dangerous pollution levels were recorded in one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts yesterday.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:11am

Clear evidence obscures truth of Beijing's pollution data

If Beijing really wants to combat pollution, it will have to create an independent agency with the power to monitor air quality across the country. Photo: Reuters

With Beijing only now recovering after spending much of January blanketed under life-threatening levels of toxic smog, reports that officials may soon be graded according to their performance at improving air quality will no doubt be greeted as welcome news in the capital.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am 3 comments

Move to build more air quality testing stations

A roadside air quality monitoring station in Central. Photo: Ricky Chung

Undersecretary for Environment Christine Loh told the Legislative Council on Tuesday that the government would consider building more air quality monitoring stations in the city.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Letters to the Editor, December 3, 2012

Protesters at a "Protect Lung Mei" rally. Photo: Sam Tsang

Air quality objectives are outdated

The government should implement new air quality standards as soon as possible.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Hong Kong fails to meet air quality targets

Hong Kong's famous skyline is obscured by haze. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong has never met the air quality targets it adopted 25 years ago, according to an Audit Commission report released on Wednesday that reviewed the government’s efforts to improve air quality.

14 Nov 2012 - 6:29pm 3 comments

'Warn public on health risks of air pollution'

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.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Lai See

Heat warning well and good, but what about the killer air?

15 Aug 2012 - 10:51pm

Typhoon causes pollution to peak

Typhoon Saola helped push Hong Kong's air pollution index to the highest level ever recorded outside of extreme circumstances yesterday, with Central and Yuen Long suffering the worst readings.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

App shows you how bad the air really is

A father who feared pollution was damaging the health of his two young children and mistrusted the official statistics has built a free iPhone application to monitor air quality.

Tech-savvy entrepreneur Andrew Leyden arrived in Hong Kong two years ago and like many, wondered how bad the pollution actually was.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

C.Y. Leung suffers some minor damage with one week to go

As the 'contest' for chief executive enters its final week, Leung Chun-ying appears to be encountering some minor headwinds.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Challenge leaves us all out of breath

The immensity of the challenge facing environmental officials responsible for cleaning the city's air has been exposed by a study which has matched their latest targets with last year's air quality figures.

The worst discrepancy is for nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant generated mainly by vehicles.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Pollution set to stay

Hong Kong's dated clean-air targets will be toughened - for the first time in 25 years - starting in 2014, but green groups say they will still fall short of World Health Organisation standards.

The Executive Council on Tuesday endorsed 22 new air quality objectives first put out for public consultation in 2009.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

City Digest

Warning on bad air for next few days

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


HK conductor wins top international competition

29 May 2011 - 12:00am