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Pollution Is Getting Worse

Trend shows pollution is getting worse

Updated on Jul 20, 2008 – SCMP

The spokeswoman from the Environmental Protection Department quoted in the article (“Thought clean air was the silver lining in rainy June? Think again”, July 20) continues the department’s campaign of misinformation by claiming that air pollutant concentrations last year were similar to 2005 and 2006, and better than 2004.

In fact, pollutants were higher last year than in 2006.

Also, they were higher in 2006 than 2005.

While it is true that all these years had lower levels than 2004, this is only because 2004’s levels were an all-time record.

The trend in air pollution is clear and non-debatable.

Air pollution in Hong Kong is getting worse. The department should admit this basic fact, and use it as the central basis for a commitment to clean up the air.

William Hayward, Wan Chai

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