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Author: Ip Tsz Yan Natalie, BBA (Law) IV; HKU

Date: 7/8/10


Local research in the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong, and Macao on air pollution and health is deficient compared to the size of the problem. In the last 25 years, only 37 papers (12 in local journals and 25 in international journals) were published (on air pollution and health). [1]


The Government should disclose more detail and accurate data to alert the community about the depth of the problem that we are currently facing, for example, by releasing full real-time regional air pollution data via the regional monitoring system between Hong Kong and Guangdong instead of an aggregate regional API. [2]


Conservation of energy, reduction of air pollution and the concept of sustainable development should be integrated into the school curriculum to educate the younger generations. [3]


The Government should work directly with Hong Kong-owned manufacturing establishments in China to tackle the air pollution problems, and to raise awareness among members of business associations in both Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region about responsibility to reduce imports of air pollution. [4]


See Also

  1. Alternative air pollution management strategies (overview)
  2. Alternate fuel and energy source
  3. Control on power generation
  4. Controls on garages, vehicles and drivers
  5. Management of density and traffic flow
  6. Cross-border management on fuels
  7. Control on marine services, logistics industry and port emissions
  8. More accurate assessment of loss and monitoring activities
  9. Government bodies involved with the AQOs should act promptly

Footnotes

  1. ‘A Price Too High: The Health Impacts of Air Pollution in Southern China’, Civic Exchange, HKU Medical Centre, Department of Community and Family Medicine, CUHK, Institute for the Environment, HKUST, June 2008 – last accessed 5/8/10
  2. ‘Boomtown to gloomtown – The implications of inaction’, CLSA – Christine Loh, James Paterson, September 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10
  3. ‘Review of Air Quality Objectives in Hong Kong’, submissions included from Civic Exchange, Department of Community and Family Medicine (CUHK), Department of Community Medicine (HKU), and Institute for the Environment (HKUST), 27 November 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10
  4. ‘Owning up to Responsibility for Manufacturing Contributions to the Pearl River Delta’s Poor Air Quality’, Bill Barron, Simon Ng Ka Wing and Ben Lin Chubin, March 2006 – last accessed 11/8/10

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