Air Pollution: Causes, Problems, and Solutions In Hong Kong

1607 Words Aug 18th, 2004 7 Pages
Hong Kong is one of the busiest cities in the world. It is not only prominent as an Asian commercial center, but also famous for its air pollution, which haunts the lives of thousands of Hong Kong people and wastes billions of dollars of the government and the private sectors every year.

It is an unchanging fact that air pollution in Hong Kong not only results in a waste of massive amounts of money, but also results in deterioration on the overall health standard of the Hong Kong population. No doubt that it is the task of the Government of Hong Kong to work out measures to tackle air pollution. Nevertheless, it is also the duty of the public to help and cooperate with the Government. In this essay, I will focus on two important causes of
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1 What does the Government plan to do?

The government in these recent years has sought out a number of methods and policies to tackle air pollution caused by vehicle emission. Firstly, according to a news release from the Government News & Information System, 2000, it is said that the Government has new action plans to encourage the introduction of environmentally-friendly hybrid vehicles or those powered by natural gas or fuel cells. In addition, these initiatives will be implemented in the next few years, hoping to reduce the emission of particulates in the urban area by 70% and nitrogen oxides by more than 19%. Secondly, in the same news release, it is said that the conversion of LPG taxis is greatly supported by the Government with a grant of $40000 for the taxi drivers to buy LPG taxis. There is also a low pump price of LPG and will save about $35000 of the running cost a year. Thirdly, in 1995, the Government set up the Environmental Protection Department to measure the air pollution in Hong Kong. The air pollution is measured by the Air Pollution Index (API), and is used to report the air quality in different districts so as to warn people with respiratory problems to prevent places that are highly polluted. (Aidia et al, 2000). Fourthly, there are about 40000 medium and heavy diesel vehicles in
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