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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Hong Kong to burn first part of seized ivory stockpile in May ceremony

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 04:10am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... The government's Endangered Species Advisory Committee voted in January to incinerate almost all the city's 30-tonne ivory stockpile, a year after rejecting the idea. A source close to the government ... is very determined Committee chairman Paul Shin No more than three tonnes could be burned in one batch, the source said. The ivory would have to be cut into pieces before being placed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1492362/hong-kong-burn-first-part-seized-ivory-stockpile-may-ceremony
  2. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Obama's delay of Keystone pipeline decision angers proponents and critics

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:39am by AP

    ... Hagan are," said Brad Dayspring, of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, rattling off vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in November. "Why would people who disapprove ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1489653/obamas-delay-keystone-pipeline-decision-angers-proponents-and-critics
  3. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Lawmakers split over controversial HK$20b waste landfill and incinerator plans

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 03:09pm by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... the subcommittee before they can be put before the Finance Committee. While some Tseung Kwan O residents booed lawmakers who supported the landfill plan, huge rifts among the lawmakers remained unresolved ... of its landfills and now landfill waste was stacked up to a height of 100 metres at the Tseung Kwan O site. The committee has previously approved the HK$7 billion Ta Kwu Ling extension ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1483909/lawmakers-split-over-controversial-hk20-billion-waste-landfill-and
  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    To cut smog, Hebei turns to neighbours

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 02:26pm by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... The central government has designated the urban cluster as a key area for clean-up efforts. But it also wants the three areas to integrate better, and the National Development and Reform Commission ... from the central government, experts have said. For its part, Hebei has pledged to cut steel capacity by 60 million tonnes, reduce coal consumption by 40 million tonnes, and cement consumption ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1485881/cut-smog-hebei-turns-neighbours
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    'Toxic' soil pollution report sparks new fears over safety of mainland's home-grown food

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 03:16am by Associated Press and agencies in Beijing

    ... of the country repeatedly blanketed in thick smog and waterways and land polluted. In response to public pressure, the central government has now released more accurate data on air pollution. The soil ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1486401/area-chinas-polluted-soil-twice-size-spain-survey-reveals
  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Ban shark fin imports, Philippine Airlines urged after 'illegal' shipment found in Sheung Wan

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 07:06pm by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... by the central government on extravagance and corruption, and pressure by environmental groups to stamp out the trade. The letter says the airline “directly contradicts” its commitment to sustainable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1486043/philippine-airlines-urged-halt-shark-fin-cargo-after-65-tonne
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China seeks solution to providing clean drinking water supplies

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 05:06pm by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... be costly and some experts question whether the central government would be prepared to commit sufficient resources to the funding. They also wonder if replacement is the most efficient solution. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1486936/china-seeks-solution-providing-clean-drinking-water-supplies
  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing says one-third of its pollution comes from outside the city

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 12:51pm by Reuters

    ... of China’s 10 most polluted cities in 2013, according to official data. The central government has identified the heavily industrialised Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin region as one of the main fronts in its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483755/beijing-says-one-third-its-pollution-comes-outside-city
  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Tianjin says it won't allow steel or cement plants, to curb pollution

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 09:43pm by Reuters

    ... to fight pollution. The announcement, reported by Xinhua yesterday, echoed statements by neighbouring Hebei province and Beijing, and is in line with last year's central government plan to restrict new manufacturing in key industrial centres. The central government has vowed to reverse the damage done to its environment by decades of untrammelled economic growth, and has identified ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483121/tianjin-says-it-wont-allow-steel-or-cement-plants-curb-pollution
  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China's 'eco-cities' struggle for traction

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 09:37pm by GDN

    ... in a sun-drenched front lobby more befitting a wealthy technology start-up than an educational institution. Xu said tuition of about 400 yuan (HK$500) a month was less than half that in central Tianjin. ... the central Chinese authorities, the municipality has shaped its outlying areas into an endless sprawl of showcase projects. Beyond the eco-city lies an ersatz ancient town, a free market zone ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483122/chinas-eco-cities-struggle-traction

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