Legal challenge over Hong Kong air pollution

The Hong Kong government may face its first legal battle over worsening air pollution after a green group asked for a review of its air quality laws on Thursday.

"I believe the Hong Kong air is slowly poisoning us," said Gordon Oldham, founder of the Clean Air Foundation, which applied for the judicial review with the city’s High Court.

"The government’s current efforts … to improve air quality fall woefully short of its fundamental obligations to its citizens," Oldham, who runs a law firm, told reporters.

The University of Hong Kong has estimated Hong Kong’s air pollution contributes to 1,600 deaths each year.

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