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Summary: Antonio Da Roza, Jessica Hefes

Originally reported: South China Morning Post

Date: 6/2/10

Originally: 16/07/09

Cleanest getting dirtier [1]

Analysis by the SCMP of monitoring data shows that air quality in Tai Po, the cleanest in terms of air pollution, is rapidly deteriorating. Tai Po had the fewest hours of unhealthy air (1,188 hours) in the first six months of 2009 – compared with over 1,500 hours of unhealthy air in the same period for Sham Shui Po and Kwun Tong. However, Tai Po was one of three monitoring stations to show an increase in unhealthy air between 2005 and 2009; the increase by 48% in the number of ‘high’ and ‘very high’ readings between 2000 and 2008 was also the third largest in the city. The findings shocked local district councilor Yau Wing-kwong, who suspects the wave of property development and the reclamation of Tolo Harbour are to blame.

Endnote

  1. Area with lowest pollution readings deteriorating rapidly, SCMP, 16/07/09

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