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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Construction firms fear that Hong Kong's new air quality targets will kill projects

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:59am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... concerned about the impact of the new air quality objectives. We need to think about solutions to avoid possible conflicts," Gammon Construction chief executive Thomas Ho On-sing said. Ho, also chairman of the Construction Association, called for more discussion about how to meet the new standards. The concerns are included in a report commissioned by the association. The association ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1419398/construction-firms-fear-hong-kongs-new-air-quality-targets-will-kill
  2. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Lanzhou to build second water supply after benzene scare

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 11:55am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com New facility will use reservoir that draws from Yellow River, city authorities say, with construction to begin soon Lanzhou authorities will add a second water ... of the facilities are overseen by the government The city would start construction soon of a second water source to ensure water security, Wang said. Authorities on Friday announced tests had found ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483703/lanzhou-build-second-water-supply-after-benzene-scare
  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    'Solar chimneys' may help solve China's energy woes

    Posted Apr 19th 2014, 03:26am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... be constructed inside new skyscrapers. The technology involves covering an area of several square kilometres to create a greenhouse around a high chimney. The hot air produced in the greenhouse rises ... that could be used in big Chinese cities. One of their designs integrated the solar tower into a high-rise building. "Many Chinese cities are considering the construction of buildings more than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1487659/solar-chimneys-may-help-solve-chinas-energy-woes
  4. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Planned incinerator could be toxic for detox island

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Ernest Kao

    ... users from seeking help at the facility. "The distance from some of the dormitories to the proposed site [of the incinerator] is less than a few kilometres. The construction of five to six years will be very hard for us," he said. "Many patients suffer from insomnia and often sleep during the day, when construction would be in progress". The facility is currently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466526/planned-incinerator-could-be-toxic-detox-island
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Initial results of 8-year soil pollution study not accurate enough, experts say

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:24am by MANDY ZUO

    ... farmland, forest, grassland, unused land and land for construction. The study found that 83 per cent of the contaminated soil samples contained toxic inorganic pollutants, including cadmium, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1490062/initial-results-8-year-soil-pollution-study-not-accurate-enough-experts
  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Loopholes in protection of two key wildlife sites: Conservancy Association

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 03:16am by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... said. The association also found that the valley's surroundings had suffered various degrees of disturbance and destruction such as vegetation removal and dumping of construction waste. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1486130/loopholes-protection-two-key-wildlife-sites-conservancy-association
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China's 'eco-cities' struggle for traction

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

    ... or shopping malls. Its empty highways traverse a landscape of vacant mid-rises and dusty construction yards. "This place is like a child; it's in a development phase," Wang said. ... disastrous; ghost cities and towns spur fears of an impending real-estate meltdown. The authorities began encouraging the construction of "eco-cities" in the middle of the last decade. Since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483122/chinas-eco-cities-struggle-traction
  8. 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

    ... Kwan O landfill and the construction of a waste incinerator plant in Shek Kwu Chau. The deferral, at the legislature's public works subcommittee, pushes the issue to the next meeting ...

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

    ... the closure targets might not have as great an impact on emissions as policymakers hope. Beijing has promised to bar construction of new industrial plants like steel smelters, cement factories or oil ...

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

    UN climate chief urges ‘bold’ steps to curb carbon emissions

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 07:02pm by Agence France-Presse in Berlin

    ... incentives” to reduce emissions, and constructive negotiations towards the 2015 climate pact. And she urged governments “to step forward this year with generous capital contributions” to help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1480898/un-climate-chief-urges-bold-steps-curb-carbon-emissions

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