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  1. Green shoots survive amid economic revolution

    Posted Jan 13th 2009, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... A new TV co-production between the BBC and CCTV celebrates a wild and beautiful mainland, and the nation's increasingly successful conservation efforts, writes Sarah Monks In recent years, the mainland's reputation has been built more on its breakneck economic development than its wild, green natural beauty. But despite all the familiar images of poisoned rivers, ...

  2. Great green strides

    Posted Jan 07th 2009, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... The mainland is making enormous progress in wildlife conservation, writes Sarah Monks It's not a concept normally associated with the mainland, a wild, green China whose conservation efforts could inspire other developing nations. We tend to think of a China whose breakneck economic development has poisoned rivers, polluted air and turned vast tracts of land into a moonscape. ...

  3. Polar pioneer eyes new frontier

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... No stranger to the coldest places on Earth, researcher Rebecca Lee wants Hong Kong to witness them too, writes Sarah Monks Renowned Hong Kong polar researcher and photographer Rebecca Lee Lok-sze knows the exhilaration - and exasperation - of being years ahead of her time. The exhilaration has come in umpteen trips to what she calls 'the three polar regions' - the Arctic, ...

  4. Experts hit the mark with quake research

    Posted Sep 15th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Sarah Monks If Chan Lung-sang were a golfer instead of a professor of earth sciences at the University of Hong Kong, he and his team would have just bagged a hole in one. Last year, in collaboration with French and mainland scientists, they began taking measurements at what turned out to be 'ground zero' for the 8.0-magnitude earthquake which hit Sichuan on May 12. 'The ...

  5. Change of tack

    Posted Jun 19th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Hong Kong shipowners are at forefront of a battle for tighter emissions curbs, an industry insider tells Sarah Monks In an unusual reversal of roles, a global industry - shipping - is pressing international regulators for tighter controls over its toxic emissions. And Hong Kong owners have been in the vanguard, campaigning for earlier use of cleaner fuels by the world's ...

  6. Sky's the limit

    Posted Jan 11th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Legco is set to approve landmark funding to help clean up HK-owned factories across the border, writes Sarah Monks History will be made today if Legco's Finance Committee approves funding for an environmental proposal that would see taxpayers' money spent on pollution control measures outside Hong Kong for the first time. The government's proposed HK$93 million ...

  7. Green Games a long-term goal, says Sarah Liao

    Posted Jun 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Hosting a carbon-neutral Olympics is a long-term aim rather than a practical, immediate objective, although Beijing will do its best to minimise emissions, says Hong Kong's former environment minister, now an adviser to the Beijing Games. Sarah Liao Sau-tung said the initial estimate of carbon emissions for the Beijing Games was about 400,000 tonnes - about ...

  8. Sarah Liao points the finger over traffic chaos

    Posted Jul 06th 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu The Transport Department was largely responsible for traffic jams on May 9 that paralysed three main roads in Kowloon, Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said yesterday. But she did not say what responsibility she and her bureau should bear. It was the first time the minister had specifically named a department since making a public apology ...

  9. Sarah Liao predicts bad air for two more years

    Posted Jan 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai She says things will worsen until power-plant cleanups take effect It will take at least two years before Hong Kong sees any improvement in its air quality and the situation will get even worse in the meantime, the environment chief said yesterday. Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said worsening air quality could not be arrested ...

  10. Sarah Liao deflects flak over sewage plant upgrade

    Posted Apr 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The government will rezone land adjacent to the sewage-treatment plant on Stonecutters Island by 2009 for an upgrade to show the administration's firm commitment to cleaning up the harbour, the environment minister said yesterday. The pledge by Sarah Liao Sau-tung came after a political party accused officials of delaying the provision of land for the upgrade, ...




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