The air pollution in Hong Kong is bad today

After a few glorious days of clean air:-

we are back to this:-

The top image was photographed at: 7pm on 15 July 2009.
The bottom image was photographed today: 10am on 18 July 2009.

The top image may look good, but looks can be deceiving. Roadside air pollution at street level is filthy everyday. Admittedly comparing the two images is unscientific as both images were taken at different times of day - evening and morning. But that doesn't matter, as the difference is plain to see.

Can anyone see Victoria Peak in today's image? Can anyone spot Lantau island? I don't think so.

According to the Hong Kong Observatory there is a typhoon on it's way to Hong Kong right now, so that's why the air is so still and filthy. It's supposed to hit sometime on Sunday. I have a helicopter photo shoot that is dependent on the weather lined up for sometime in the next week or two, so I'm hoping the typhoon will clean up the air again soon. The client wants beauty shots of the harbour, so I have a financial interest, if not just a health interest, in radical improvements to regional air quality.

For a picture of the true cost of air pollution to Hong Kong visit the Hedley Index.

For more information about what you can do to help out, visit the Clean Air Network.

 

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It's 1pm and it's even worse now:-

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