Fighting Air Pollution in Hong Kong
Pollution kills more people each year than all the world’s war and violence combined, according to a study in The Lancet Medical Journal. In Hong Kong, we are facing two air pollution headaches – local street-level pollution caused by diesel vehicles, and a regional smog problem from motor vehicle, marine vessel, industry and power plant emissions here and across the Pearl River Delta region.
High levels of air pollution pose serious health risks, especially since millions of people in Hong Kong live and work near busy roads. If you’ve been outside on a particularly bad day, you’ve experienced the effect it can have on your lungs and brain. Research by the University of Hong Kong found that air pollution causes at least 1,500 premature deaths in Hong Kong every year. Declining air quality raises public health costs and drives away talent and economic development opportunities, hindering the city’s global stature.
Street-level pollution in Hong Kong compared with Singapore and New York: