Greenpeace warns: Serious Air Pollution Aggravates Existing Respiratory and Heart Problems

Press release - 2009-06-01
According to Greenpeace's Real Air Pollution Index, the air pollution in Hong Kong was so serious that a number of air pollutants at various air quality monitoring stations have exceeded the World Health Organization (WHO) standards at 11am today. People with heart disease and respiratory problems, such as asthma, are especially vulnerable, Greenpeace advises the public to take preventive measures when necessary.

According to Greenpeace's Real Air Pollution Index, 10 out of 11 general air quality monitoring stations have 2 air pollutants exceeded the World Health Organization guidelines; they are Central West, Eastern, Kwai Chung, Kwun Tong, Shatin, Sham Shui Po, Tai Po, Tsuen Wan, Tung Chung, Yuen Long; whereas 2 out of 3 roadside stations have 3 air pollutants exceeded the WHO standards, namely Causeway Bay, Central.

Please visit http://www.greenpeace.org/china/ch/campaigns/air-pollution/problems/bar-chart for hourly updates of which air pollutants are over WHO standards and by how much.

Background: The Air Pollution Index released by the Environmental Protection Department is measured according to the 'Air Quality Objectives'. However, the Objective is too loose and outdated which fails to protect the health of Hong Kong citizen. Greenpeace urges the government to revise the Objective according to the most stringent air quality levels set by WHO. The "Real Air Pollution Index" is launched at the Greenpeace website since July last year as well. Visit www.airtruth.org where the public can check any of the 14 monitoring stations to get a local reading. It updates hourly of which air pollutants have surpassed WHO's standards and by how much. The "Real Air Pollution Index" can be downloaded or uploaded to blogs and websites to acquire the most up-to-date air quality in Hong Kong.

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