15 Jan '12, 6am

China sets pace for smoggy Hong Kong: think-tank

HONG KONG: Beijing's decision to come clean on its dirty air has embarrassed Hong Kong, where smog kills hundreds of people a year, hurts business and drives away talent, a think-tank has said. Mike Kilburn, head of environmental strategy at non-profit group Civic Exchange, said Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang's failure to fix the city's air quality could have far-reaching consequences for its competitiveness. "The Hong Kong government must introduce new air quality objectives immediately, especially now that China has put out its own air quality objective," he told AFP. "Hong Kong is in a highly embarrassing position now that China has introduced new measures." Beijing last week bowed to a vocal online campaign for a change in the way air quality is measured and pledged to start publishing figures showing the smallest, most dangerous pollution particles. The Chines...

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