The air in Hong Kong is like living in a cloud far worse than in Los Angeles.  Recent reports on the air in Hong Kong include a Reuters press digest yesterday, quoting the South China Morning Post as saying that

Roadside air pollution in Hong Kong’s Central business district hit life-threatening levels on an average of one in every eight days last year, while the number of very high pollution days on streets in Mongkok increased 37-fold over the past five years, analysis showed.

There’s no question the air is terrible there, and it gets back to lack of pollution control in China, which makes products cheap, but, on the other hand, could lead to political instability as I wrote a few months ago.

Back in 2007, National Geographic published an article on the problem entitled, “Chinese Air Pollution Deadliest in World, Report Says,”  pointing out, among other things, that

A World Health Organization (WHO) report estimates that diseases triggered by indoor and outdoor air pollution kill 656,000 Chinese citizens each year, and polluted drinking water kills another 95,600.

Damaging air pollutants include sulfur dioxide, particulate matter—a mixture of extremely small particles and water droplets—ozone, and nitrogen dioxide. China accounts for roughly one-third of the global total for these pollutants …


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