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  • Sep 18, 2014
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Air quality

'Severe' air pollution hits parts of Hong Kong

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.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Air quality in Beijing second worst out of 31 mainland cities

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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