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  1. Residents fume after trees lopped to improve view

    Posted Apr 06th 2010, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Dozens of trees in a Ma On Shan residential estate were chopped back to preserve the sea view from low-floor windows, among other reasons. But this was contrary to tree preservation terms in the land lease that required the management company of Villa Rha ...

  2. Energy-saving scheme sees traders forced into green labelling

    Posted Nov 07th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu A new energy-saving scheme begins in Hong Kong appliance stores on Monday, when traders will have to have energy-efficiency labels displayed on three types of products: refrigerators, air conditioners and compact fluorescent lamps. The mandatory labelling ordinance is being launched 13 years after the start of a voluntary scheme covering washing machines, television ...

  3. Northeasterly monsoon pushes roadside pollution very high

    Posted Nov 05th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu The northeasterly monsoon that arrived this week not only brought the city cooler and dry weather, it also pushed roadside pollution in Central to a very high level. Central's roadside pollution level has been above 100, considered very high, since Monday night, but it worsened steadily yesterday and reached as high as 135 at 6pm. It was the fifth day in a week ...

  4. Monastery under fire over work on hillside

    Posted Oct 31st 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu A Buddhist monastery atop a Lantau Island hill has felled trees, removed vegetation and blocked a stream to develop a columbarium, a commercial human ash repository. It has also occupied public land and illegally erected structures. Residents of the area, Keung Shan, are unhappy that development work by Yin Hing Monastery has destroyed trees, scarred a hillside ...

  5. Waste food issue could be a real pig to solve

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu One solution to the city's growing waste food problem might come from an unlikely source: turning it into pork. The suggestion to turn the waste into pig feed came from farmers, businessmen and green campaigners after the government announced in the policy address that a recycling centre would be built in Siu Ho Wan on Lantau Island to tackle increased food waste ...

  6. Confusion over clean-up after squatter blaze

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu Debris from a fire that razed squatter huts in Kau Wah Keng Old Village last week remained uncleared yesterday as government officials visited the scene and debated who was responsible for the clean-up. The development came after squatters were told they would not be allowed to rebuild their dwellings. This meant the 47 families - a total of 130 people - left homeless ...

  7. School wants to fell tree it fears is a risk, but some experts disagree

    Posted Jul 17th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Cheung Chi-fai and Austin Chiu Government officials will meet leaders of Maryknoll Convent School next week in a last-ditch effort to find ways to save a landmark Norfolk Island pine the school says must be cut down to protect public safety. The intervention came after conflicting professional views from tree experts from the private sector, a green group and the government ...

  8. First typhoon of year causes only minor damage

    Posted Jul 20th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu Hong Kong was spared major damage, other than fallen trees and traffic disruption, early yesterday as the first typhoon of the year, Molave, swept past the city. Things started to calm down at about 4.30am after the No9 storm signal was issued at 1.30am, when the storm was 70 kilometres east-northeast of Hong Kong. At one stage, wind speeds in the city reached 148km/h. ...

  9. Lamma Island power station cleans up its act to meet pollution-reduction targets

    Posted Jul 07th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu Hongkong Electric has installed new equipment at its Lamma Island power station, marking the completion of the first phase of a HK$1 billion project aimed at reducing emissions of gases that contribute to smog and acid rain. The first phase of the project included the installation of a flue-gas desulfurisation system, which cuts sulfur dioxide emissions, and a burner ...

  10. Call for ban on disposable lunch boxes

    Posted Mar 30th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu A survey by activist group Greeners Action has found more than a third of local primary schools still serve lunches in disposable containers, resulting in about 130,000 containers dumped every school day. The survey polled 212 schools over the past two months. Greeners Action urged the government to ban the use of such boxes in primary schools and called ...




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