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Record Smog Driving Hong Kong Residents Away January 13, 2012
Hazy Hong Kong skyline
Environmentalists are calling for immediate introduction of new air quality regulations to deal with the smog.
Hong Kong experienced its worst air pollution on record last year, prompting residents and businesses to flee the Chinese territory for healthier environments in places such as Singapore.

The South China Morning Post reports readings at three roadside monitoring stations showed that Hong Kong’s pollution levels were 10 times worse than they were in 2005, exceeding acute levels more than 20 percent of the time.

Those levels were exceeded more than a quarter of the time in the central business district.

The city’s Environmental Protection Department blames the smog on unfavorable weather conditions, worsening background pollution and the high number of aging vehicles on the street.

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