Live: Hong Kong Air Quality Levels

The following maps and graphs, updated every hour, show the levels of pollutants from all 15 monitoring stations around Hong Kong as compared to the World Health Organization's guidelines for each pollutant. This helps illustrate whether the air you're breathing in Hong Kong is safe by WHO standards. WHO standards are much stricter than Hong Kong's own air quality standards.

And please take note of the following health hazards caused by air pollution when levels exceed WHO standards:

  • Irritated lungs, suppressed immune system and increased risk of respiratory infections (such as influenza). People with respiratory problems are most at risk of the effects of nitrogen dioxide.
  • Irritated nasal passage and mucus in the larynx and windpipe. Symptoms include coughing, chest ache and stabbing pains in the eyes and throat.
  • A weak respiratory system can cause severe deterioration of health in those with preexisting illnesses such as bronchitis and heart disease.

Click on any of the 15 air pollution monitoring stations to see a local reading

The latest updates

 

What needs to happen next on air pollution

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 2013-10-22 1 comment

“Golden Week” was anything but golden for Beijingers as the city was once again blanketed by heavy haze. The air quality index climbed above 400 during the October national holiday period, a level more than 10 times higher than the...

How China's air pollution worries led to a curb in coal use

Blog entry by Huang Wei | 2013-10-16 1 comment

The following is an excerpt from our latest e-magazine issue: " A long and winding road to clean air. " As an activist who has been working on the air pollution issue from the Greenpeace Beijing office for over two years, I’ve...

How air pollution concerns stopped a China coal power project

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta and Justin Gray | 2013-08-29

This post was originally published on Greenpeace International, August 14, 2013. In Europe or the US, a huge 2,000-megawatt coal power project next to a megacity of 10 million would top the list of polluting power plant proposals...

8 must-know facts about China's air pollution crisis

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-02-07 2 comments

1.  In 2009 China burned nearly half of the world's coal , and coal accounts for nearly 70% of China's energy mix. 2. Cities in China’s Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region suffered over 100 hazy...

The Esperanza in Hong Kong: Inspiring the public to save the oceans

Blog entry by Greenpeace East Asia | 2012-10-23

Greenpeace's largest and fastest ship, The Esperanza , is in Hong Kong after visiting South Korea and Taiwan. The iconic ship is in town to highlight the plight of our oceans and present a Greenpeace proposal to keep 40% of our oceans...

New air pollution standards pressures local Chinese governments to act

Blog entry by Zhou Rong | 2012-03-06

Last Friday the state council had a press conference , introducing the revised Ambient Air Quality Standard, as part of efforts to strengthen overall  air pollution control. The challenge to clean up the air is huge and urgent.

China's top dog Premier Wen Jiabao agrees to regional control of country's air pollution

Blog entry by Zhou Rong | 2012-03-01

Premier Wen Jiabao has agreed to release a revised Environmental Air Quality Standard in a State Council meeting yesterday, as part of efforts to strengthen overall air pollution control. The release of this new standard sends a...

The three types of masks that protect you from air pollution PM2.5

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-12-06 1 comment

Air pollution in Beijing recently has been absolutely shocking, as the above photo can attest. At too many points in the day levels have been exceeding the testing limits of the US Embassy readings (as seen at their Twitter ). When...

Meet Beijing's 12-year-old air pollution inspector

Feature Story | 2011-11-07 at 17:18

A recent news report on CCTV covered China's PM2.5 air pollution debate, featuring our climate and energy campaigner Zhou Rong, as well as a very cute 12-year-old volunteer air inspector in Beijing.

Cutting through the haze in China's air pollution debate

Feature Story | 2011-11-04 at 15:57

PM2.5 is a measurement of small particulate matter in the air, and until now its omission from official air quality readings has been a major hurdle in solving China's air pollution crisis. After all, how can you solve a crisis when according to...

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