We encourage you to take the time to read this (believe it or not) abbreviated version of Professor Anthony Hedley’s submission to the Government’s official AQO questionnaire. You can also download the full version here. If you want to read the official Government AQO document and questionnaire, you can find it here.
Professor Anthony Hedley is one of the world’s leading experts on the health imp …
Our analysis of each Government proposal is beneath the relevant copied and pasted portion of John Tsang’s address:
Pilot Green Transport Fund
91. To encourage the transport sector to test out green and low-carbon transport technology, I propose to set up a $300 million Pilot Green Transport Fund for application by the industry, initially by the public transport operators. I hope that this …
How bad is it out there?
The current levels are the highest ever recorded since the EPD began monitoring air quality in 1995. Particulate matter (PM) today has been around 700 micrograms per cubic meter, 14x the levels recommended under the WHO Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs). Even by the HK Government’s very lax, outdated Air Quality Objectives (AQOs), the current levels of PM are 4 times greater …
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“Understanding Air Pollution, Understanding Your Community”
Join us this Sunday in West Kowloon Centre for our kick-off ceremony, the first in a series of community events co-organised with Sham Shui Po District Council. Public health and environmental experts, Dr. Lai Hak-kan and Dr. Lau Ngai-ting, an …
Donald Tsang emphasizes roadside pollution as serious problem
This week, Chief Executive Donald Tsang issued an open letter to Hong Kong. Notably, one of two issues raised was roadside pollution (the other issue was poverty alleviation). It is a clear indication that our warnings about the dangers of Hong Kong’s air pollution problem and especially, vehicle emissions have been taken in, and a sig …
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The Year in Air Pollution
With 2011 only a few hours away, it’s a good time to recap last year’s achievements and next year’s challenges.
In late March, a giant sandstorm from northern China caused levels of particulate matter (PM) to reach record levels in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s API readings hit 500 and even exceeded t …
CAN’s Mid-Year Air Quality Review
Last Friday, CAN released its Mid-Year Air Quality Review on Hong Kong’s air quality. CAN found that, from January to June 2012, all monitoring stations in Hong Kong recorded air pollutant levels exceeding the WHO’s annual air quality guidelines, with only two exceptions. The poor air quality for the first six months of 2012 has resulted in 1, …
Clean Air Network launched a petition-signing campaign at the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier today, asking cruise lines to voluntarily switch to using fuels with sulphur content of 0.1 per cent to 0.5 per cent while at berth in Hong Kong and explaining to citizens and tourists the serious impacts of cruise ships and other marine vessels not doing so.
Members of the public who supported the action stuck a b …
(8th January, 2012, Hong Kong) In its first-ever annual air quality review, Clean Air Network (CAN) revealed that nitrogen dioxide concentration levels in Hong Kong’s urban areas during 2011 were the highest they have ever been since monitoring began in 1996. A rise in levels of particulate matter (PM10), fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone concentration levels, from 2010 to 2011, was also found. These findings clearly indicate a deterioration in roadside air quality in Hong Kong. CAN sees greater use of emission-free vehicles as one solution towards mitigating the problem, and thus, hosted an event today to promote cycling. The event was co-organized with the Sham Shui Po District Council and attracted 150 participants. The cyclists journeyed a total of 10 kilometers between Sham Shui Po and Stonecutters Island and took part in educational activities about air pollution along the way. …
Air quality below WHO standards: Green group
June 14th, 2012
By Ming Yeungmingyeung@chinadailyhk.com
A green group charges that air pollution levels at most of Hong Kong’s 14 monitoring stations exceeded recommended World Health Organization guidelines in the first half of this year.
The Clean Air Network studied government data on pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and respirable suspe …