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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Sewage plants need upgrade to prevent more serious spills, says expert

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:22am by Ernest Kao

    ... provides only primary treatment- the filtering of suspended solids- with chemicals added for a better effect. The more advanced secondary treatment process involves biologically purifying sewage ...

  2. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Groundwater monitoring system 'three years away'

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:04am by Li Jing

    ... more common, such as organic chemicals from petrochemical industries. "When the standards were drafted some 20 years ago, petrochemical pollutants were not a major concern, so they were ...

  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Tonnes of toxic chemical spill into Hangzhou river after tanker overturns

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:47am by Alice Yan, Li Jing

    ... Alice Yan and Li Jing Tonnes of toxic chemical spills into a river after road tanker overturns About eight tonnes of a toxic chemical spilled into a river near Hangzhou yesterday after a tanker overturned, prompting the authorities to cut off water supplies to people in the area for several hours. The tanker was carrying the chemical tetrachloroethane when the accident happened ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Victoria Harbour 'clean enough' without HK$30b sewage treatment upgrade

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... the current chemical-based treatment system was enough to meet most water quality objectives and stressed the upgrade to biological treatment was not "critical" at this stage. The decision ... according to the latest estimate based on 2012 prices, has almost tripled from the 2004 estimate of HK$11 billion to up to HK$30 billion. At present, the Stonecutters plant adds chemicals ...

  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Mistrust of Maoming officials raises concern of chemical plant protesters

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:11am by Li Jing

    ... our complaints, beat us with electric batons, fire tear gas at us?" one resident asked. Watch: Hundreds protest against chemical plant in China's Maoming city ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Toxic chemicals found in top children's wear

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 03:58am by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Toxic chemicals found in top children's wear Hazardous chemicals have been found in designer children's wear by eight upmarket brands, including ... Sixteen returned positive results for at least one of three hazardous chemicals: nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) and a phthalate plasticiser. The products of five ...


    Children's clothing from luxury brands contain harmful chemicals, concern group says

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 01:13pm

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Ballerina shoes, clothes and other children’s products sold by luxury fashion brands contain hazardous chemicals, according to an environmental group. Greenpeace earlier tested 27 products from eight fashion brands and found a range of chemicals present in products from Louis Vuitton, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana. The products were bought at LCX ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Greens call for study on ozone in Tung Chung

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 04:48am by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... is produced through chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides from emissions and volatile organic compounds under sunlight. Long-term exposure is linked to asthma, bronchitis, heart attacks and even ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Worst smog of the year prompts Hong Kong government health warning

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:03am by Ernest Kao

    ... to pay more attention to PM, while the dangers of ozone pollution, which is actually getting worse, tend to go unnoticed." Ozone is not emitted but produced through chemical reactions ...

  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Panic in Gansu capital after tap water found ‘excessively’ contaminated with benzene

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 04:20pm by Li Jing

    ... drinking water contained excessive levels of a carcinogenic chemical. The Lanzhou government yesterday afternoon asked residents not to drink tap water for 24 hours, Xinhua reported. The water ... industrial chemical, when ingested through food or drinks, can cause vomiting, dizziness, convulsions and even death in large enough doses. If the Yellow River is polluted... downstream cities ...




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