Bad air taints Hong Kong’s business reputation – James Pomfret

Reuters runs a lengthy feature on how has become a cost consideration in one of the holy cities of global capitalism:

Andy Ridehalgh, a British expatriate who has worked as an English teacher for three years in , has had enough of the city’s air pollution. He’ll move with his wife and newborn son to southern France next year.

“I’m asthmatic and I use a lot more Ventolin when I’m here,” he said, referring to his asthma medication.

“If you think about the effect it’s having on me, think about the effect it’s having on a small baby. It’s not something we want permanently.”

…While the economic costs of bad air have been difficult to quantify, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong found in a recent survey that four out of five business executives knew someone who was thinking of leaving or had left the territory because of the poor air. [Full Text]

A more extensive report on the survey is available from Reuters via Planet Ark here. The Hong Kong Observatory website provides a link to official daily air pollution index at the bottom of its weather report.

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