Summary: Antonio Da Roza, Jessica Hefes

Originally reported: Xinhua News Agency

Date: 6/2/10

Originally: 16/01/08

South China air a problem [1]

Air pollution in Guangdong increased markedly in 2007. Hong Kong recorded 75.7 days of haze in 2007, a marked increase from recent years. The Pearl River Delta region is suffering particularly badly from haze, with most cities and counties recording more than 100 hazy days. According to the Guangdong Provincial Meteorological Bureau, industrial discharge and auto exhaust were to blame, and may possibly be linked with the move of factories further inland. Haze lingering over the PRD was mainly caused by low atmospheric pollutants brought by air currents along the coastline from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Dongguan. There is skepticism as to whether or not emission targets for the PRD can be met.


  1. South China Province Reports Worsening Air Quality, Xinhua News Agency, 16/01/08