at least one recent scientific study has shown that the city can, under the right conditions, “form its own smog”.
The study by Hong Kong and Macau air scientists argued that a rapid build-up of particulate matter in the air – a key component of smog – was possible even in the absence of northerly winds that can transport pollutants from afar.
Can you do anything to protect yourself against air pollution? Answer: you can try, but the best way is to have cleaner air; or even move!
Hope this item in today's SCM Post lai see proves correct!
After lambasting Donald Tsang for not combating, and even defending, air pollution - can see how CY Leung administration performs in this regard. Perhaps promising signs to start with; this from SCM Post Lai See:
Clearer air at the end of the tunnel at last
S China Morning Post today:
'Warn public on health risks of air pollution'
Experts press case for a new alert system to replace the current index, which they say fails to spell out the hazards of inhaling toxic chemicals and particles
Air pollution experts have again called for a new alert system to warn the public about health risks created by extreme pollution like the grey pall over Hong Kong yesterday.
Bloomberg article notes Hong Kong sets a few records, but now - after being run by Donald Tsang - also ranks as the most polluted international financial center.. From article:
Professor Tony Hedley is an expert on Hong Kong air pollution and health; recently retired from being Chair Professor of Community Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Here's excerpt of an email he sent regarding Hong Kong government's plans to build a mega-incinerator on artificial island by Shek Kwu Chau:
The choice of building an incinerator on a specially constructed artificial island by Shek Kwu Chau is not justified on any scientific basis, and is environmentally unacceptable.
Press Release from Clean Air Network:
NEW HKU VISIBILITY STUDY CONFIRMS WORST FEARS ABOUT HONG KONG’S DIMINISHING VISIBILITY
A new study unveiled today by HKU’s Department of Community Medicine demonstrates that there is a direct link between visibility and the health impacts of air pollution.
Until now, scientists have had to rely on epidemiological research (illness in communities), clinical observation (sick people needing care), and molecular biology, to determine the health effects of air pollution. Now, however, environmentalists and public health experts have a new way to measure the potential damage from air pollution.
The study, which was conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, shows that, for every loss of 6.5 kilometers of visibility, there is a 1.13 percent increase in all natural causes of death, accounting for about 450 deaths per year.
'Hong Kong will record the worst year for roadside pollution since the city started collecting readings in 1999, according to calculations made by Bloomberg based on government data.