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  1. Guangzhou's rubbish rules show need to go back to recycling basics

    Posted Apr 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the basics of rubbish sorting and adapt to the new requirements. During this time, it singled out only several dozen communities, some state-owned hotels and all vegetable wholesale markets to start the ball rolling. All other communities can follow suit if they want, but will not be bound by the law, the urban management authorities say. But, given the small scale of the experiment, ...

  2. Look after your Pets, or else- new law mulled

    Posted Feb 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hazel Knowles Pet owners could be forced to provide adequate exercise, health care and living conditions for their animals under changes being considered to the animal protection law. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department told the Sunday Morning Post it was looking at introducing a 'duty of care' provision in the law as part of ongoing reviews of animal ...

  3. Piecemeal laws no substitute for comprehensive recycling policy

    Posted Aug 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Your editorial ('HK must not lose sight of plastic bag levy goals', August 8) seems to be based more on sentiment than sense. You say a month after the launch of a new law ... as no surprise that the use of other forms of plastic bag not subject to the law is on the rise, as manufacturers note that a 40 per cent rise in orders for reusable bags has cushioned a 30 per cent drop ...

  4. Democrats face uphill battle to pass tree protection law

    Posted Jul 08th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... is difficult to get passed. According to Article 74 of the Basic Law, lawmakers may only introduce private bills that 'do not relate to public expenditure or political structure or the operation ... Joyce Ng The Democratic Party is planning to introduce a tree protection law by way of a private bill in the next Legco session, after the government recently ruled out such a law ...

  5. Enforcement is key to environment law's bite

    Posted Aug 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The balance between development and environmental protection on the mainland will undergo a shift on Monday, when a law requiring impact assessments for new projects goes into effect. This follows moves by the government over several years to step up protection of forests, riverbeds and the environment in general. While the law is a step forward, its effectiveness will depend ...

  6. Drafting of comprehensive energy law accelerated

    Posted Jun 15th 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... in the power sector, he said. 'Due to the absence of a basic law on energy and the less-developed legal system, the government has to rely heavily on energy policies and such polices are often ... launched an internet-based public opinion poll on the drafting of the nation's first energy law. Public participation in the legislative process had been common in the past year, but inviting ...

  7. Too much power?

    Posted Jun 07th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Two mainland academics have raised concerns over the unchecked power of the NPC Standing Committee. One example given was its interpretation of Hong Kong's Basic Law. Do you share this concern? Write to us. ...

  8. Tang rules out new tree protection laws

    Posted Apr 21st 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Joshua But and Olga Wong Newly-appointed tree tsar Henry Tang Ying-yen said yesterday he did not see any need to introduce any new laws despite calls by experts for a new tree ordinance. ... including establishment of a dedicated tree office and recruitment of local and overseas experts for risk assessment- would be studied. But he said existing laws empowered government departments ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    ‘Hundreds of graves’ lying in Hong Kong's country parks and green belts

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 02:19pm

    ... As for unlicensed graves, planning laws dating to 1983 restrict their building, but Tse said new burial sites had suddenly proliferated after 2007. In theory, villagers must present a death certificate ...

  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Ex-minister blames China's pollution mess on lack of rule of law

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com Above-the-law leaders passed up chance to avoid environmental woes decades ago, choosing frenzied growth instead of protecting resources Top adviser says weak ruleof law fed pollution mess China had a chance to avoid environmental disasters some 40 to 30 years ago, the country's first environmental protection chief has lamented amid worsening air ...




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