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Summary: Antonio Da Roza, Jessica Hefes

Originally reported: South China Morning Post

Date: 6/2/10

Originally: 20/11/05

Tamar pollution prediction assumes Central is flat [1]

An HKUST associate professor and air-quality modeling expert Jimmy Fung Chi-hung has stated that the government’s pollution model in respect of its new offices on the Tamar site pretends Central is a flat surface. Buildings twice as high as the width of the road create a deep canyon, in which pollution can be three times higher than if air was flowing freely. Because cars release exhaust fumes so close to the ground, even a three-storey building is high enough to create a deep canyon next to a two- or three-lane road. The Government, however, said that its study was conducted in line with environmental impact assessment procedures.

Endnote

  1. Tamar Pollution Prediction Far Too Low, SCMP, 20/11/05