Hong Kong will ban high-polluting vehicles and offer subsidies to replace diesel-powered buses and trucks, after 15 years of clean-air measures failed to limit smog responsible for more than 3,000 premature deaths a year.
New demands from Hong Kong’s opposition that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying resign may hinder government efforts to tackle everything from pollution to slowing economic growth to near-record property prices.
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council approved a package that sets the pace for expanding the city’s democracy, overcoming concerns from opponents that the plan won’t move it down the path of universal suffrage.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying may address the city’s housing crunch when he gives his first policy address tomorrow, as he seeks to boost record- low popularity and move on from an opposition impeachment bid.
Hong Kong plans to offer HK$10 billion ($1.3 billion) in subsidies to replace old diesel vehicles and limit their life-span to battle smog that’s responsible for more than 3,000 premature deaths a year.