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Sore Throats Thanks To Air

Updated on Jan 24, 2009 – SCMP

I live in Kowloon East near the sea and on Thursday and Friday the air was filthy.

There was an obvious burning smell like a barbecue.

My children started coughing at night and we all needed to limit our time outdoors to avoid sore throats and general discomfort.

Based on this very crude performance indicator of the air smelling like London in the 1800s, the government’s performance is poor.

Even the “ban” on idling engines is too much for officials to handle properly.

It is very hard to take the Environmental Protection Department seriously.

The economic downturn will finally do more to help air quality than the department can organise itself.

P. Gilbert, Lam Tin

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