Roadside pollution

Hong Kong's first electric coach is faster, lighter

The coach can travel 250 to 300 kilometres on a three-hour charge and reach a speed of 80km/h. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Power company CLP, which introduced Hong Kong's first electric coach yesterday, says it plans eventually to replace all its staff shuttle buses with the non-polluting vehicles.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 9:05am 1 comment

Funds sought for diesel phase-out

The Environmental Protection Department is seeking more money for its replacement-grant scheme for old polluting diesel vehicles. Photo: David Wong

An unexpected last-minute surge in applications has prompted the Environmental Protection Department to seek more money for its replacement-grant scheme for old polluting diesel vehicles.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Delta air quality improves, but roadside pollution worse in Hong Kong

Pedestrians cover their noses to guard against the poor air quality in the busy streets in Causeway Bay. Photo: SCMP

Air quality in the Pearl River Delta improved last year, according to the latest regional air quality report, but concerns are mounting about the deterioration of roadside air in Hong Kong.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:29pm 4 comments

Urban planners must do more to give us some breathing space

Urban planning can play an important role in reducing roadside air pollution. Photo: Bloomberg

While recent proposals by the Environment Bureau to control vehicles' exhaust fumes have received much attention, it is also worth highlighting the role urban planning can play in reducing roadside air pollution. The "street canyon effect" can be reduced by improving ventilation, cutting vehicle use, reducing pedestrian exposure and mitigating pollutants.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 1 comment

In Hong Kong, political will is the key to clean air

Hong Kong skyline on the third day of what the government has described as 'dangerous' levels of air pollution. Photo: EPA

We could do without the air pollution we have suffered this week, but it does serve to remind the administration of the declaration by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying that the quality of the air we breathe is a core livelihood issue. Roadside readings in Central on Monday were so bad that everyone was advised to steer clear of areas with heavy traffic - not just those with breathing or heart problems. The last two days have brought no relief.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 4 comments

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Hong Kong's air pollution recorded 'very high' at all three roadside stations. Photo: Bloomberg

On roadside air pollution levels soaring to dangerous heights on Monday, and the meaning of patriotism as it relates to Hong Kong's future.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Tobacco and roadside pollution more dangerous than bird flu

Best friends forever.

Given the rising concern over bird flu, it is worth recalling that there are other bigger killers in Hong Kong. In the past two weeks in which nine deaths have been recorded, Hong Kong's dirty air has led to 123 avoidable deaths.

8 Jul 2013 - 12:25pm

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People cover their noses on a street in Mong Kok. Photo: Nora Tam

On top officials' seven-year plan to cut Hong Kong's appalling roadside pollution, and mainland tourists giving HK the thumbs down.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Fresh thinking needed to win air pollution battle

Fresh thinking needed to win air pollution battle

When Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing unveiled the government's plan to improve Hong Kong's air recently, he was joined by representatives from three other bureaus - transport and housing; development; and food and health. The attendance of these other officials was unprecedented and signalled the government's intention to respond to calls for the departments to work together to tackle air pollution.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 4 comments

Cleaner air for Hong Kong still a distant prospect

Students cover up to avoid traffic fumes. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Plan to give Hong Kong world-class air quality in 7 years

Storm clouds over Hong Kong Island yesterday. The government says the city’s air quality must improve within three years. Photo: KY Cheng

Top officials yesterday unveiled a seven-year plan to cut Hong Kong's notorious roadside air pollution, while admitting some of the targets might be hard to meet. Billed as an air-quality roadmap to 2020, the plan says that if all measures are fully introduced, roadside pollution will begin to drop in the next two to three years, and see significant improvement in four to five.

29 Mar 2013 - 10:46am 21 comments

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People Power protest outside Liaison Office to the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong to condemn the attacks on Hong Kong Journalists in Beijing. Photo: Felix Wong

On two Hong Kong journalists being beaten by unidentified men while filming an activist trying to visit the wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo in Beijing, and roadside pollution hitting hazardous levels on Friday.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

City Digest, March 11, 2013

Roadside air pollution levels remained very high at all three monitoring stations yesterday. The air pollution index at Causeway Bay peaked at 160, while readings in Mong Kok and Central reached 137 and 130, respectively.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:18am

Vehicle owners can't shirk their responsibility in polluter-pays society

People cover their noses on a street in Mong Kok as the air pollution index of the roadside air monitoring station reached 175. Photo: Nora Tam

With the chief executive's policy address approaching, discussions abound that the government may take a "carrot and stick" approach to combat Hong Kong's notorious roadside pollution - by limiting the number of old commercial diesel vehicles allowed on our roads and subsidising the cost of replacement vehicles.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:41am 3 comments

The sheer wilful stupidity of official inaction on pollution

The single most effective thing the government could do to ensure it can meet its future health care liabilities would be to cut local pollution levels.

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

That is not so much because of the government's repeated failure to meet even its own modest environmental targets, although that's dismal enough.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 12 comments