Conditions aren't expected to significantly improve until later in the week, but sensitive groups like those with chronic conditions or the elderly may still be at risk of respiratory issues. Hong Kong / Health & Environment Smog from China shrouding Hong Kong poses ‘very high’ health risk Monsoon brings choking pollutants from … On Thursday, the Air Quality Health Index was raised to “Very High,” the second-most severe category, in most areas of the city. This week's conditions are a reminder of how far the country still has to go to improve its historically bad air pollution.
This assessment is based on hourly measurements of pollutants like particulate matter and carbon. Founded in 2015, Hong Kong Free Press is a non-profit, English-language newspaper – run by journalists and completely independent. In Hong Kong, a clean air plan was put in place in 2013 to tackle the three biggest contributors to the city's bad air: power plants, marine vessels, and motor vehicles. Studies of particulate matter show exposure causes serious health conditions like heart and lung disease. Street-level pollution from diesel vehicles has been a particularly pervasive health issue for the more than seven million people that live in Hong Kong. In photos, it's hard to make out Hong Kong through the thick, gray haze.

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Under this category, children and elderly people are advised to avoid going outdoors, while others are urged to keep outdoor exposure to a minimum. Views expressed by opinion writers and advertisers are not necessarily shared by HKFP. Clear the Air is a charity organisation committed to improving air quality in Hong Kong. |  Contact Us  |  Newsletter  |  Annual & Transparency Report. The air pollution in Hong Kong on Monday morning was five times worse than in Beijing, according to the World Air Quality Index Project Team. In a report released by Greenpeace earlier this month, the environmental watchdog group found the legislation drove a "dramatic improvement in air quality" in eastern China. The winter months regularly bring worse air quality to Hong Kong and other parts of the region due to wind direction and weather conditions. According to reporting by news agency AFP, residents that venture outside are finding the air difficult to breathe in. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, particulate matter is associated with heart and lung disease.

According to the Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong’s air pollution stems mainly from vehicle, industry and power plant emissions both within the city and in the wider Pearl River Delta region. It can also lead to increases in the levels of particulate matter and ozone levels through chemical reactions. However the risk level for the city dropped on Friday, ranging from low to moderate.

There were 16 days classified as “very hot” (over 33 degrees) in August, the highest number on record. Pollution In Hong Kong Is So Horrible It Has Been Classified a 'Serious' Health Risk | Tech & Science. The winter months regularly bring worse air quality to Hong Kong … However, in some coastal areas, a revamped push for coal in 2016 has threatened to reverse gains made by the plan.