New air targets

New air targets

8 February, 2012
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Hong Kong government proposes stricter air quality measures
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The Hong Kong government has announced that a new set of Air Quality Objectives (AQOs) will be adopted, including a measure for fine suspended particulates (PM2.5) which pose the greatest health risk. The current AQOs were first introduced in 1987 and organizations such as Clean Air Network and Clear the Air have been lobbying for the government to improve the standards and set policies to improve air quality for many years but the government has decided against creating more stringent standards despite the poor air quality in Hong Kong until now and only modestly. These new AQOs are in line with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s interim targets; however, green groups are calling them weak standards as they are nowhere near the standards recommended by the WHO. The new standards will take effect 2014 but with a 36-month transitional period, Hong Kong won’t need to comply with the standards until 2017.

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By: Ecozine Staff
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