Super fine air pollution particles, dozens of times smaller than a human hair are causing major health issues in Hong Kong. The particles are a result of Hong Kong’s industrial activity and the exhaust of motor vehicles.
The air carries the pollution which then enters the blood stream and makes its way into the organs and is known to cause cardiovascular disease, a major causes of death in Hong Kong.
Current research has shown that every 10 micrograms per cubic meter measured daily has uncovered an increase in coarse airborne pollutant particles which has resulted in a 1% increase in emergency hospital admissions for respiratory disease, or an additional 830 hospital admissions per day.
Deteriorating air quality in Hong Kong is sending more people to hospital, says a new survey.
According to a pair of researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who examined day-to-day pollution levels and hospital visits over a six-year period, a rise in airborne pollutants in Hong Kong was associated with a rise in emergency hospital visits.
Published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the study, led by professor Yu Tak Sun Ignatius and Ph.D candidate Hong Qiu, comes as residents report increasing levels of frustration with the city’s pollution. In 2010, a survey found that one out of four Hong Kongers have considered leaving the city because of its air quality, up from one in five in 2008, according to local think-tank Civic Exchange. A few years ago, the director of the city’s Philharmonic Orchestra had his family do just that, packing them up and moving them to Wisconsin, citing frustration with the city’s lung-choking air.
Source: Wall Street Journal