CAN says pollution worse since Occupy ended


Occupy protesters blocking the streets. Photo: RTHK file
Air pollution rose sharply in Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, immediately after traffic increased there following the end of the Occupy street protests.

The Clean Air Network took readings of a harmful type of emission known as PM 2.5 on Monday and compared them with results from October 1 -- when all three areas were largely free of traffic due to the blockades. CAN found that pollution levels had risen by as much as 83 percent.

The group says the findings back their call for more pedestrian zones to be set up in busy districts.

Its CEO, Sum Kwong, says the Occupy Movement was the perfect example of what this could achieve. She said Des Voeux Road Central is one of the roads that should be designated for pedestrians only.

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