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    03/2017

    It seems that breathing clean air is no longer something that can be enjoyed in many places.

     

    A new WHO air quality report found that more than 90% of the world's population lives in places where air quality exceeds PM2.5In 2012, an estimated of 6.5 million deaths were associated with air pollution. In China, more than one million people died from dirty air, making it the world's deadliest country for air pollution.

     

    In Hong Kong, based on the research of the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, there were 44 high pollution days last year. Air pollution, an invisible killer, not only poses a threat to our health by inducing stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory disease, but also even causes disruption to the economy. According to Hedley Environmental Index from the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong, air pollution caused 5.3 people to die, 7,806 doctor-visits and HKD$6.64 millions in economic loss on January 8 this year alone!

     

    How are we going to tackle the problem? Since vehicle emissions is one of the major source of air pollution, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to encourage car drivers to use more environmentally friendly vehicles, Hang Lung cooperated with Tesla Motors in 2015 to install destination chargers at six shopping malls on the Mainland. Besides that, our volunteer teams in various cities also organized a number of tree planting activities involving not only colleagues but also their family members and friends too, all joining together to help to purify the air.

     

    What is PM2.5?

    Particulate matter (PM) is the mixture of smoke, dust, fuel ashes and liquid droplets floating in the air. The black smoke we see emitted from the diesel vehicles in our daily life contains a high concentration of these particulates. Particulate matter's size varies. The diameter of the smallest particulate matter is less than 2.5 micrometers which is equivalent to 1/28 of the width of a human hair. If we inhale a high amount, it can be harmful to our health.

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