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Air Quality Index

The sheer wilful stupidity of official inaction on pollution

This week's Audit Commission report on the effectiveness of the Hong Kong government's pollution policy makes depressing reading.

Friday, 16 November, 2012, 2:47am 12 comments

Lai See

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

15 Aug 2012 - 10:51pm


The many pros of regular exercise

Nowadays many Hong Kong teenagers bury themselves in their studies or sit in front of their computers all day long. They do little exercise or play sports. Yet sufficient exercise is very important and brings many benefits.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

It's alarming when people can't see the smog for the pollution

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Website aims for less hazy presentation of smog data

Confusion over the government's online pollution statistics and news that roadside pollution hit its worst-ever level last year have inspired a rival website delivering the city's latest air-quality figures.

The site by web developer Steve Holmes lets users generate custom air-pollution graphs by time interval, pollutant and monitoring station.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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

Delta leads nation on dirty-air data

The Pearl River Delta is a step ahead in releasing up-to-the-hour information on microscopic pollutants across the region, including Hong Kong, as it seeks to clear the air on a pressing environmental threat.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Truth about pollution still shrouded by secrecy

The Year of the Dragon has been greeted with a stubborn shroud of white haze that refuses to lift from the capital.

It resembles the haze of secrecy still blocking access to key environmental information, from the government's clean-up spending to pollution data to related diseases and protests.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing releases data on fine particles

Beijing environmental authorities yesterday began releasing hourly air pollution readings for PM2.5 - health-threatening fine particles with a diameter less than 2.5 microns - fulfilling a promise of publicising them before the Lunar New Year, under intense public pressure.

22 Jan 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