On April 25, a Guangdong--Hong Kong initiative to monitor air quality in the Pearl River Delta, spearheaded by Hong Kong NGO Civic Exchange, released their initial findings. As CEF speaker Christine Loh noted in February, the city of Foshan was indeed the most polluted in the region, failing to meet national standards in suspended particulates for 99 days in 2006. This project is a milestone in government environmental transparency in mainland China and may pressure local governments to clean up desperate situations such as Foshan. Notably in 2006, according to the South China Morning Post, Foshan closed or moved 13 of its ceramics producers and shut down two coal-fired power plants.

Click here for the Civic Exchange Background Paper for this report.

Click here for a summary of the February China Environment Forum meeting, "Air Pollution and Environmental Health Threats in Southern China."