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Hong Kong's drivers may be told to turn idle engines off
香港駕駛可能會被要求將空轉引擎熄火

A Star Ferry makes a trip through Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong.
一艘天星小輪在香港維多利亞港口航行。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

Hong Kong motorists may face fines for leaving their engines idling under a new law being considered. The law was written to help reduce the city's worsening pollution problem, the government has said.

The announcement came as air quality monitors recorded “very high” pollution over the city for the second day in a row. When the city's air is like this, there is an automatic health warning for people with breathing and heart problems.

Environment Secretary Sarah Liao said officials would consider a new law after they had studied the effectiveness of urging drivers to turn off their engines while stationary.

Air quality has become so much worse in Hong Kong in the past decade that it reduced visibility to less than one kilometer on more than 50 days last year, a record in this southern Chinese territory.

Surveys say pollution is also hitting Hong Kong financially. Companies are finding it hard to attract executives from overseas because of the haze, and the travel industry says tourists are increasingly suffering health problems.

Tour operators say visitors are also complaining as the city's famous harbor, its main tourist attraction, is covered in a thick blanket of pollutants.

On such a day, the high-rise skyline is blocked by gray haze and impossible to see from the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district less than a kilometer away across the harbor.

The government claims the problem is mostly due to the industrialization of southern China's neighboring Pearl River Delta area. Green groups blame Hong Kong's coal-burning power stations and diesel-powered buses.

(AFP)

香港正考慮實施一項新法令,任令引擎空轉的駕駛可能被處罰金。香港政府表示,這項法令是為改善香港日益惡化的空氣污染問題。

在空氣品質監測報告連續兩天公布污染指數「非常高」之後,香港政府宣布這項消息,而每當出現這種空氣品質,會自動對呼吸和心臟疾病的人發出健康警告。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. idle v.i.

空轉 (kong1 zhuan3)

例: I let my car's engine idle while Eric ran inside really quickly.

(當艾瑞克快速往裡頭跑時,我讓汽車引擎空轉。)

2. monitor n.

監督者 (jian1 du1 zhe5)

例: When he left the room, our teacher sent in a teacher from another class to act as a monitor.

(老師離開教室,他請另一位教師進來監督我們。)

3. urge v.t.

勸導 (quan4 dao3)

例: My mother urges me daily to go to medical school.

(母親每天都勸我唸醫學院。)

4. stationary adj.

靜止的 (jing4 zhi3 de5)

例: I hate stationary bikes; I like to be moving when I exercise.

(我討厭固定式腳踏車,運動時我喜歡移動。)


環境局長廖秀冬表示,官員們會先對促使駕駛關掉空轉引擎之效益進行研究後,再考慮實施新法的可能性。

香港的空氣品質過去十年來持續惡化,去年更有超過五十天的能見度少於一公里,破了這塊中國南方領土的紀錄。

調查顯示,空氣污染也衝擊了香港的經濟。香港的烏煙瘴氣讓企業難以吸引海外經理人,旅遊業也表示愈來愈多的遊客受健康問題所擾。

旅遊業者表示,遊客也抱怨香港著名的港口(其主要的旅遊景點)上空籠罩著一層厚厚的污染物。

在這種天候,灰濛濛的煙霧擋住了高聳的天際線,在尖沙咀旅遊區根本看不見隔岸不到一公里的港口。

政府宣稱,此問題主要歸因於鄰近珠江三角洲的工業化,環保團體則怪罪於香港燃煤發電站和柴油引擎公車。

(法新社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

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