The World Health Organization (WHO) today released its new Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs), setting “a challenge for governments around the world to improve air quality in their cities in order to protect people’s heath”.
Reprint with permission by Ir Iain Seymour-Hart, head of Department of Automotive Engineering, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education.
The government has an opportunity to end decades of pollution, dangerous air and filthy skies, leaving a legacy of healthier, cleaner air. Reducing pollution must become a central part of the government’s policies that are within an on overall sustainable development context.
Christine Loh, CEO of Hong Kong think-tank Civic Exchange, today confirmed that Hong Kong could enjoy cleaner air within 24 months if Chief Executive Donald Tsang
implements a series of just four straightforward, achievable air quality initiatives.
This report shows the different sources and factors of air pollution in Hong Kong.
Air pollution is now regarded as one of the highest priorities in environmental protection in both developed and developing economies world-wide. The main driver of policy decision-making is the need to reduce the avoidable cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality from pollutant exposures.
Hong Kong’s deteriorating visibility costs the community over HK$20 billion per year, according to health experts.