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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Swimmers not told for hours about large leak of raw sewage into the sea

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 04:56am by CHEUNG CHI-FAIR, Ernest Kao

    ... investigation was over. An environment department spokesman said it was investigating whether the contractor had followed the response plan. Lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan, chairwoman of the Legislative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581292/contractor-slow-reveal-sewage-leak
  2. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Eco tours show visitors the natural hot spots of Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by JOLIE HO

    ... Jolie Ho jolie.ho@scmp.com Five new excursions turn spotlight on the city's noisy animal inhabitants and offer visitors a chance to learn about ecology, history and culture Eco-tours ... "If you have the right attitude, your physical and mental health will benefit." Michael Wong Ho-man, 29, who is studying for a master's degree in environmental management ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1157266/eco-tours-show-visitors-natural-hot-spots-hong-kong
  3. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Villagers hit another roadblock in Sai Kung village

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 04:35am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... to be a land dispute at Ho Chung New Village. Residents want the Fire Services Department to reconsider taking up its responsibility of enforcing safety rules by removing the debris. They claim ... excavation involving Ho Chung village leaders and a developer. Although most of the road was on private land, residents said that, according to a written undertaking with the Lands Department ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1594140/residents-hit-another-roadblock-sai-kung-village
  4. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    New plan for Tuen Mun landfill extension fails to satisfy councillors

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:22am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... as it was far smaller than the 75 per cent they had asked for. "We have all been saying we can accept only a 50-hectare extension," councillor Ho Hang-mui, of the Democratic Party, told Wong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1594898/new-plan-tuen-mun-landfill-extension-fails-satisfy-councillors
  5. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Developers pledge less wasteful gift hamper packaging … next year

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 04:56am by Ernest Kao, CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... some of [the excess packaging], chances are you're going to use it only once and it is still going to be a waste." Greeners Action executive director Angus Ho Hon-wai said the hampers ... on a 60-cent-per-kilogram landfill-disposal cost. But Ho said such extravagance came at the expense of the environment. "The big companies always talk about CSR (corporate social responsibility) … They should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586856/developers-pledge-less-wasteful-gift-hamper-packaging-next-year
  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Planners blocked from village in mangrove row

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:55am by Ernest Kao

    ... A gate on a path over private land had prevented Planning Department staff from entering a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) at Tai Ho Wan, a department spokesman said. The gate ... is considered the third-most ecologically important site in Hong Kong. Lam Chu, a spokesman for the community of San Heung, which includes Tai Ho village, said standard practice was for outsiders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1585375/planners-blocked-village-mangrove-row
  7. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

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

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

    ... prevented 95,000 cubic metres of raw sewage from being discharged into the sea on Monday, a marine pollution expert says. Professor Ho Kin-chung, dean of the Open University's school of science ... pollutants more efficiently, and improved networking among plants to ensure a backup in case of a system failure. Only about 16 per cent of the city's sewage is treated this way. Ho ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581519/sewage-plants-need-upgrade-prevent-more-serious-spills-says-expert
  8. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Two new marine parks pledged for Lantau amid third runway hearings

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:03am by Ernest Kao

    ... be designated only after the runway's completion in 2023. Lawmaker Steven Ho Chun-yin, of the agriculture and fisheries sector, said the industry would likely oppose the park plan if it hurt ... further," Ho said. The Country and Marine Parks Board will be consulted on the draft maps at a "suitable time" before it is published for public inspection, the department said.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1583167/government-accused-marine-park-pledge-take-pressure-bid-third-runway
  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Contest invites designs for new Kai Tak river

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 06:02am by Ernest Kao

    ... from East Kowloon, is to be turned into a green river corridor as part of the government's Kai Tak Development project. Architect Ivan Ho Man-yiu, an adviser to the department, said there would be no strict parameters on design. "It must be a concept that will make good use of open space," Ho said. "We don't expect design submissions for a shopping centre ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580911/contest-invites-designs-new-kai-tak-river
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Toxic alert as Hong Kong suffers highest number of red tides in 26 years

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 05:24pm by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... could lead to pain in the limbs and reversed temperature sensations. Consuming marine life that had eaten the toxins could cause serious headaches, nausea and loss of balance. Professor Ho ... ball to show when the next outbreak would happen and whether it would be as lethal, he said. "Definitely, this is something we don't know but we can't rule out," Ho said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580362/hong-kong-suffers-most-red-tide-outbreaks-records-began-experts-warn

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