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
Hong Kong's proposed air quality standards are not tough enough to protect public health, while existing measures to curb harmful emissions are ineffective, inadequate or stalled by red tape, the Audit Commission says.15 Nov 2012 - 7:10am 1 comment
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
The highest recorded API readings
Central, May 29, 2011
Causeway Bay, February 5, 2011
Causeway Bay, February 2, 2011
Mong Kok, April 22, 2012
Mong Kok, November 3, 200315 Aug 2012 - 10:56pm
Air pollution on Hong Kong Island and across the New Territories rose yesterday because of a combination of dirty air from a northeast winter monsoon and low winds that failed to blow the toxins away.19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am
WASH YOUR HANDS before dinner. Treat your gums right. Beware of fraud. Don't be greedy. Choose your friends wisely. And don't gamble your life away.
It may sound like nagging from an old-fashioned parent, but these are the messages of some of the 206 government promotions regularly aired on television.5 Aug 2005 - 12:00am
Poor air quality continued to plague Hong Kong last month as the roadside Air Pollution Index (API) stayed high for all of March.14 Apr 2002 - 12:00am
The air pollution index (API) ranges from 0 to 500 and is divided into five bands: 0-25, 26-50, 51-100, 101-200 and 201-500. The bands correspond to low, medium, high, very high and severe pollution.
When pollution is high or severe, not only people with heart or respiratory illnesses will experience aggravation of their conditions but healthy people may notice discomfort.3 Jul 2000 - 12:00am
I wish to thank the writer of the letter, 'Shoulder responsibility for children in crowds' (South China Morning Post, April 11), for his attention regarding Government Announcements in the Public Interest (APIs).
Obviously, the API is not intended to suggest the manner in which people should carry their children. Nor does it seek to highlight the right of police.25 Apr 2000 - 12:00am
An Announcement of Public Interest (API) produced by the Fight Crime Committee and broadcast recently on local television has triggered complaints from many parents for creating adverse effects on the younger generation.16 Mar 1999 - 12:00am
Congratulations to the South China Morning Post on starting to publish the Air Pollution Index (API) projections as part of its weather on page 2. Why doesn't RTHK follow suit and report the projected pollution levels with its weather, rather than euphemistically saying Hong Kong will be 'hazy'?17 Nov 1998 - 12:00am
NAME: The API.
WHICH STANDS FOR: The Announcement of Public Interest.
WHICH IS: A misnomer, because there is nothing interesting about being told how to register a small company you do not own, install a gas water heater you already have, or overtake on an expressway when you don't run a car.26 Jun 1994 - 12:00am
I REFER to Ms Nina Van Toulon's letter headlined, ''Think before getting a dog'' published in the South China Morning Post on June 25.10 Jul 1993 - 12:00am