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Cleaner air urged to boost health

Cleaner air urged to boost health
An academic from the University of Hong Kong says big improvement in the SAR’s air quality would provide an immediate boost to people’s health.

Honorary Professor at the university’s School of Public Health, Anthony Hedley, told legislators that improvements to air quality in recent years had been insufficient.

The Under Secretary for the Environment, Christine Loh, said the government would do everything it could to control air pollution levels.

The government estimates air pollution in the territory leads to economic losses of HK$1.7 billion dollars every year, while the Hedley Environmental Index, run by the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, puts the figure for last year alone at HK$40 billion.

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