Air quality

'Severe' air pollution hits parts of Hong Kong

Poor air quality in Hong Kong is expected to last until Tuesday. Photo: David Wong

Roadside air pollution soared to dangerous levels in Hong Kong on Monday as the territory was affected by a continental air stream with high content of pollutants. At noon, air pollution indices taken at roadside monitoring stations hit a “severe” level of 204 in Mong Kok and Central, and reached 144 in Causeway Bay.

Monday, 27 April, 2015, 3:29pm

Air quality in Beijing second worst out of 31 mainland cities

A couple embrace in smoggy Tianjin, which has slipped nine places in an annual air quality report. Photo: AFP

Air quality seriously deteriorated in some major metropolises on the mainland last year, but there were surprising improvements in a few cities, said an environmental report released in Beijing yesterday. Beijing's air was the second-most polluted last year among 31 municipal and provincial capital cities ranked by Friends of Nature, a major non-governmental organisation, in its annual Green Book of Environment.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:42am 5 comments

Cleaner air for Hong Kong still a distant prospect

Students cover up to avoid traffic fumes. Photo: Nora Tam

Officially, Hong Kong will not get a long-awaited set of new air-quality targets until next year. But the government has already unveiled a plan to meet them by 2020. That it will take seven years to make a real difference to the city's unhealthy roadside pollution reflects inaction in the past. Critics have said the plan mainly rehashes old ideas.

9 Apr 2013 - 3:36am

Air quality 'not that bad' near Tuen Mun site

Air quality 'not that bad' near Tuen Mun site

Air quality readings at a proposed reclamation site in Tuen Mun indicate it is "not that bad" for housing despite being surrounded by polluting industries, the government says.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:57am

WHO will help set Hong Kong’s air quality goals

Wong Kam-sing. Photo: Sam Tsang

World Health Organisation experts will help set Hong Kong's air quality objectives, according to a schedule to be released by the Environment Bureau today, a source close to the government says.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:41am

Proposing barbecue ban to ease smog is at least an admission of problem

Draft proposals for improving air quality are critised for enforcing environmentally correct behaviour by ordinary citizens, as opposed to state-owned and private industrial enterprises. Photo: Reuters

Draft proposals for improving air quality submitted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection for public feedback are timely, given the smog that has blighted large parts of the mainland recently. But timing has not been matched by execution, with the feedback from internet users pouring scorn on a plan to enforce environmentally correct behaviour by ordinary citizens, as opposed to state-owned and private industrial enterprises. 

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am

Beijing air quality plummets after Lantern Festival fireworks

The air quality in Beijing deteriorated on Sunday after fireworks were set off for Lantern Festival. Photo: EPA

Heavy smog blanketed most areas in Beijing and air pollution readings surged after enthusiastic residents set off fireworks to celebrate the annual Lantern Festival, Xinhua reported on Monday.

25 Feb 2013 - 12:23pm

Letters to the Editor, February 13, 2013

Sham Shui Po's air a cause for concern. Photo: Martin Chan

The numbers of parallel traders at the border have been causing problems for businessmen, Hong Kong people living in Shenzhen, and tourists, yet the authorities have not been able to solve the problem.

13 Feb 2013 - 3:37am 3 comments

Beijing's crazy, quick fixes for toxic air: canned air, bicycle-powered air filters

Photo: Reuters

With air pollution at an all time high in the Chinese capital, Beijing's residents are coming up with novel ways to try to deal with the suffocating smog. 


18 Feb 2013 - 10:36pm

Dr Doom opens up on Money for Nothing

Stephen Roach

Marc Faber, the Swiss investor known as Dr Doom, was the star turn of RTHK's Money For Nothing finance programme yesterday morning. This was a special show in that it was a winning item from an auction for Operation Santa Claus, which raises money for charity.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am 1 comment

Clean air should be a basic right

Beijing skyline during severe pollution. Photo: AFP

Hazardous smog - that has for days blanketed north, central and east China - makes plain the scale of the environmental challenge Xi Jinping's incoming government faces. Air quality readings have been pushed off the charts by the foul-smelling, metallic-tasting pall that has cut visibility to a few hundred metres and less.

22 Jan 2013 - 2:33pm 1 comment

Vehicle owners can't shirk their responsibility in polluter-pays society

People cover their noses on a street in Mong Kok as the air pollution index of the roadside air monitoring station reached 175. Photo: Nora Tam

With the chief executive's policy address approaching, discussions abound that the government may take a "carrot and stick" approach to combat Hong Kong's notorious roadside pollution - by limiting the number of old commercial diesel vehicles allowed on our roads and subsidising the cost of replacement vehicles.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:41am 3 comments

Quality of local schools in doubt, Amcham says

The recently reappointed chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong yesterday criticised the quality of the city's education system, urging officials to adopt long-term planning in order to maintain its competitiveness.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Transparency clears the sky

A map showing PM2.5 intensity in China's 74 major cities is displayed at the website of China National Environmental Monitoring Center. Photo: Xinhua

Transparency is indispensable to good governance. In China opaque smog is often a symbolic reminder of lack of transparency on matters that are the legitimate concern of ordinary folk. Hazardous air pollution has been a case in point.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am

Government must do more to improve air quality

Just how bad is our air quality?

Just how bad is our air quality? The answer can be found when you sniff it or take a look at the skyline. Those who need more evidence can turn to the damning report by the Audit Commission on the government's efforts to clean up the air. The existing air quality objectives have, according to the watchdog, never been fully achieved since their introduction in 1987.

15 Nov 2012 - 7:12am 1 comment