Air pollution in Macau
Factories in the Mainland is a significant cause of air pollution in Macau. The rapid industrialization of Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta region in the 1980s and 90s, Plus the increasing development in Zhuhai are major contributors. The appearance and continue deterioration of this phenomenon may possibly be explained by the rapid increase in the number of factories across the border.
The mortality rate from vehicular pollution can be twice as high near heavily traveled roads, based on a study conducted in Holland at residences 50 meters from a main road and 100 meters from a freeway. Since tens of thousands of people in Macau live and work in close proximity to busy roads, this presents a major health risk to city residents.
Pollution is dramatically harming not only the health of citizens of Macau but also its economy, particularly relating to the ability to attract skilled foreign labour.
Air Quality Index Bulletin
Street-level air quality regularly falls short of the government’s Air Quality Objectives, and even further short of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Air Quality Guidelines, revised in October.
- http://www.smg.gov.mo/www/ccaa/iqa/daily/fe_iqa_index_latest.htm [Macau Air Quality Index Bulletin]
- http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-7788(98)00024-3 [Short-term prediction of SO2 concentration in Macau with artificial neural networks]
- http://www.macaunews.com.mo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=801&Itemid=5 [Macau News article on air pollution levels]