What is the air and water quality?

Posted on June 4th, 2007 in Air and Water Quality by gaelle

If you want to check the water/air qualities before going to the beach or doing sport you can check this web site:
-Water quality:
http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/water/beach_quality/bwq_current_i.html

-Air quality (government source):
http://www.epd-asg.gov.hk/

-Air quality (Greenpeace source):
http://www.greenpeace.org/china/en/campaigns/stop-climate-change/impacts/air-pollution/air-pollution-index-api

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  1. Anon said,

    on October 3rd, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Hi!

    I’ve been living here in DB just over a year now, and I like this place very much, but I have been suffering from the air pollution coming from the diesel exhaust emit from buses, hire cars and golf carts. I have read in the “About DB Green” thread in this blog the below objectives, and I’m wondering if anyone is actually seeking after this issue at DB Green.

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    We have a number of objectives we would like to explore including:

    Pollution- how we can improve our own causes of pollution
    Looking into the air and water quality in DB
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    As you may know, the critical constituents of diesel exhaust include particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx),
    sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and many more toxic chemicals, many of which are known or suspected to cause cancer.

    It is great for most that the hire cars have been approved to stay in service, but something must be done to reduce the amount of hazardous emissions that pollute DB’s air.

    Perhaps, the possibility of switching to hybrid or electric cars can be considered.

    Or at least, with so many restaurants and homes that use cooking oil in DB, it can surely be considered to switch to bio-diesel which does not emit hazardous pollutants.

    In many other countries, these alternatives are becoming more common. We can set an example first here in DB for the rest of HK.

    I hope I won’t die of asthma before this is realized…

    Looking forward to your reply in the blog. (Please do not reply to my email.)

  2. Kate Wade said,

    on December 23rd, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Hi there,
    Sorry it has taken so long to respond to your blog- hopefully that has been rectified and it shouldn’t take so long again!!

    So far in speaking to HKR and City Management I haven’t felt confident that change in buses or hybrid cars are imminent. I was told that better buses are not available in Hong Kong…? I have spoken to the bus manager about stopping the buses from idling and have had varied success. It is a rule to only turn the buses on before leaving the parking spot and on arrival at the bay also. If this is violated then we can report the bus and time to the manager for action to be taken.

    I believe that an electric golf buggy is under consideration if testing here proves sucessful. 2 stroke engines are incredibly inefficient and are similar to that of a lawn mower and a wave-ski. In fact in a recent newspaper article I read 1 hr of driving a wave-ski is equal to 100,000 km driving a standard car. I imagine that this statistic may not be too far off the inefficiency of our golf cars and is a frightening thought. So many people in Hong Kong think that DB is so green with this form of transport and nothing could be further from the truth.

    I have voiced support of changing to electric golf carts on various meetings/emails. There are logistic issues with electric cars and how to recharge them but those with garages shouldn’t have any issues. Apparently the recharging is not as simple as making a plug outlet available in parking spots around DB. Some kind of converter box is required and takes more space.

    In any case I do believe these issues are all able to be overcome. I am desperate for some manpower to tackle more of these issues. Would you be free to either lead a team to tackle the points you’ve brought up or be part of a team? You sound like you have a great knowledge of the issues!!

  3. andrewng said,

    on September 10th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    http://andrewng9.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/air-conditioning-at-empty-lift-lobbies-in-some-buildings-or-malls-in-hong-kong-are-cooler-than-necessary/

  4. andrewng said,

    on September 10th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    The latest issue of Around DB talked about pollution in China, yet they didn’t realize there is a serious air pollution ongoing in DB. Just multiply the pollution produced by the ratio of population in mainland and DB and you will know how serious the air pollution in DB is. Just as the bible said “How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?”

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