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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... in the city's air quality over the next five years. Yesterday, she pledged to get the very worst-polluting buses and trucks- those that do the most harm to our health- off Hong Kong's streets ... Tom Holland City's anti-pollution campaign will not end problem as long as the mainland continues to burn coal to satisfy its power demand Even Hong Kong's best efforts may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426234/even-hong-kongs-best-efforts-may-not-help-clear-our-air
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Powerful evidence Hong Kong officials just don't care about pollution

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is acceptable. In other words, this chart measures hazardous pollution that we can be sure is homemade. As you can see, nearly seven years after Tsang's pledge to improve air quality, pollution ... Tom Holland Although the mainland could be blamed for the periodic smogs, the city's government has failed in its measures to improve air quality Powerful evidence HK officials just ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1326682/powerful-evidence-hong-kong-officials-just-dont-care-about-pollution
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Clear evidence obscures truth of Beijing's pollution data

    Posted Feb 07th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... a municipality had to boast at least 292 "blue sky days" a year. In 2007 this threshold was raised to 310 days. A blue sky day, incidentally, is one when the average air pollution index, or API, doesn't exceed 100. That contrasts with Hong Kong's standards, which class API readings of between 50 and 100 as "high" pollution. As the residents of Beijing can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1144842/clear-evidence-obscures-truth-beijings-pollution-data
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Who's more damaging, Hong Kong officials or Occupy Central?

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 12:32am by Tom Holland

    ... or Occupy Central? Among the grievances aired at Hong Kong's weekend protest against media censorship were complaints that editors have been leaning on local journalists to stress the supposed ... of Occupy have been warning for months now that the movement will cause economic havoc in Hong Kong. However, on examination their criticisms of Occupy are vacuous. If people are concerned about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1434352/whos-more-damaging-hong-kong-officials-or-occupy-central
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Better pollution policies would mean longer lives for millions

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... was more right than he knew. According to an academic study published this week, air pollution from burning coal has shortened average life expectancies in northern China by five and a half years. ... consumption has more than tripled since the time Zhu moved from Shanghai to Beijing. As a result, the mainland's air pollution has got much, much worse, with Beijing and other northern cities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1279871/better-pollution-policies-would-mean-longer-lives-millions
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Officials have always hated Hong Kong's country parks

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Kong's country parks Hong Kong government officials have long suffered from a malignant combination of agoraphobia and chlorophobia - a terror of open spaces coupled with an irrational fear ... "It's no good, it'll have to go." At least that's the only explanation I can think of for the government's long-standing animosity towards Hong Kong's 24 country parks. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1307205/officials-have-always-hated-hong-kongs-country-parks
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    After nine years, it's time to leave the stage

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:25am by Tom Holland

    ... for executives, for Hong Kong people to live", claimed then-chief executive Donald Tsang in 2006.) Today, pollution levels are worse than ever. And while the government has pledged action, whether ... Chee-hwa was still the chief executive of Hong Kong's government, and the city was struggling to emerge from a six-year-long deflationary slump. Property prices were down by half from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tsang's vision of Hong Kong's future is severely out of focus

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:23am by Tom Holland

    ... Kong's future is severely out of focus In his budget speech yesterday, John Tsang Chun-wah did his best to scare us. If Hong Kong continues on its current trajectory, steadily improving ... and it soon becomes clear that Tsang's gloomy forecast of a looming structural deficit is the product of a deep structural flaw in his own approach to Hong Kong's public finances. When Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1435878/tsangs-vision-hong-kongs-future-severely-out-focus
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Neither Singapore nor Hong Kong is an Iceland waiting to happen

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 12:42am by Tom Holland

    ... that Singapore is heading for a similar smash. But it gets worse. "Everything Forbes said about Singapore, you could just as well say about Hong Kong," says our reader, a financier who has ... the meltdown. Clearly Forbes believes something similarly catastrophic may now be about to happen in Singapore. Yet if Singapore has reason to be concerned, Hong Kong should be really worried. Where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1427348/neither-singapore-nor-hong-kong-iceland-waiting-happen
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's wealth fund is doing a lousy job investing our money

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 02:13am by Tom Holland

    ... is doing a lousy job investing our money You may not know about it, but Hong Kong has a sovereign wealth fund. It's called the Exchange Fund. It manages assets of HK$3 trillion, and its investment performance is abysmal. Yesterday the Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced the Exchange Fund's results for 2013. It managed a return of just 2.7 per cent. When you consider ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1412068/hong-kongs-wealth-fund-doing-lousy-job-investing-our-money

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