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State oil and pollution politics blamed for bad air in China

Severe pollution and haze has left Beijing choking for nearly a month. Photo: Simon Song/SCMP

Bureaucratic fighting between the environment ministry on the one hand and China National Petroleum Corp and Sinopec on the other has thwarted stricter emission standards for diesel trucks and buses – a main cause of air pollution blanketing dozens of China’s cities.

Sunday, 3 February, 2013, 2:32pm 1 comment

Drivers cannot afford cleaner trucks

Truck drivers could do with a subsidy. Photo: SCMP

Despite massive reductions in the emission of major air pollutants by power plants, roadside pollution has worsened as vehicles and ships crank out more nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide than they ever have before.

One of the main culprits is the huge numbers of old, diesel-powered trucks that are still being used in our city.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:03am 2 comments

Emissions control area for ships in Pearl River Delta proposed

Emissions control area for ships in Pearl River Delta proposed

The government is determined to set up an emissions control area for ships in the Pearl River Delta, environment undersecretary Christine Loh Kung-wai said yesterday.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:05am 1 comment

Transport Department not helping fight against pollution

All planners should be thinking in terms of providing clean and efficient public transport in Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

At a time when roadside pollution has been increasing ("Emission cuts on target but air quality gets worse", October 11) and the deputy director of environmental protection has stated that "we are stepping up measures in these aspects", is it not ironic that the Transport Department is planning a new underpass and elevated road link at the Western Harbour Tunnel which will encourage even more c

16 Oct 2012 - 3:56am 2 comments