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Sham Shui Po PM2.5 levels hit 117µg/m³ after ship fire

PM2.5 levels at Sham Shui Po rose as high as 117 µg/m³ on Wednesday after a 100-metre long vessel carrying over a million kilograms of metal waste caught fire at 5:26pm (June-2). The animation below clearly shows the progression of the toxic cloud, which moved slowly north until dissipating at around 5am on Thursday. As reported by the SCMP1, law enforcement sources said that the fire's emissions were not toxic, according to tests carried out by firefighters. Regardless of the...

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Embee Air Pollution site featured on DATA.GOV.HK

We are pleased to report that DATA.GOV.HK, the Hong Kong Government public dataset dissemination service, has chosen to feature Embee's Hong Kong air pollution monitoring site in its application showcase. Embee's site utilises multiple live datasets from DATA.GOV.HK to provide up to date air pollution information and advice. Data is retrieved hourly, and is processed by Embee to produce actionable advice for residents and schools. The site would not be possible without the open data provision of the EPD and...

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Embee launches Hong Kong air pollution site for schools and residents

Today we are excited to formally launch our Hong Kong air pollution monitoring site, offering timely advice for residents and schools, based on live air pollution levels and globally accepted standards. The Hong Kong AQHI is insufficient All developed countries publish an air quality index. These indices are designed to provide advice to the general public as well as sensitive groups, enabling them to time their outdoor activities so as to minimise the health impact of poor air quality. Unfortunately...

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The Hong Kong AQHI can hide dangerous levels of air pollution

Air pollution levels in Hong Kong regularly exceed safe levels and by some estimates, cause the death of 6300 people per year in the city. With such dangerous air quality, it is crucial to know when it is safe for outdoor activities, and when we should remain indoors with the windows closed. All developed countries have an air quality index To address this and provide timely health advice, all developed countries provide some form of air quality index. Europe and...

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Worst air quality on Hong Kong island in more than two years

PM2.5 pollution on Hong Hong Kong Island rose to it's highest level in more than two years on Friday, as winds disappeared, allowing locally generated pollution to build up to toxic levels. Hong Kong's lax marine/vehicle regulations - including operation of coal-fired power stations right next to population centers - leads to substantial local pollution generation. Despite this, the city benefits from its geography and for much of the year, offshore winds from the south and east help mask the...

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