'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

Auditor slams Hong Kong's efforts to tackle pollution

Victoria Harbour sits under a pea-soup sky in August this year. Photo: Sam Tsang

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.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:30pm 1 comment

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

You must be choking!

The highest recorded API readings


Central, yesterday


Central, May 29, 2011


Causeway Bay, February 5, 2011


Causeway Bay, February 2, 2011


Mong Kok, April 22, 2012


Mong Kok, November 3, 2003

15 Aug 2012 - 10:56pm

Dirty monsoon raises pollution

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

Ad nauseum

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

Smog levels stay high for entire month

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

Pollution index divided into bands

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

Clear on preventing panic

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

Public interest film sends wrong message

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

More on air index, please

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

Icons of our time


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

Not suitable for prime-time

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