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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    New plan to develop wetlands fails to win over Hong Kong planners

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 03:47am by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Planners against latest wetland plan A developer's amendments to a controversial plan to build housing on wetland in Nam Sang Wai have failed to win over planning officials, who say approving the plan would set a bad precedent. The revised plan for 1,600 flats, put forward by a consortium made up of Nam Sang Wai Development Company ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1426212/new-plan-develop-wetlands-fails-win-over-hong-kong-planners
  2. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Loopholes in protection of two key wildlife sites: Conservancy Association

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

    ... draft development permission area plan." Measures to protect the areas have come under the spotlight after the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department voiced hesitation over its ... The Planning Department said it would draft plans for areas with high conservation value and for areas facing development threats. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has identified ...

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

    China's 'eco-cities' struggle for traction

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

    ... and sometimes ill. Then he heard about the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city. According to its marketing literature, the 246.92 billion yuan (HK$310 billion) development, a joint venture between the governments of China and Singapore, will one day be a "model for sustainable development" only 40 kilometres from Tianjin's city centre and 150 kilometres from Beijing. To Wang, 36, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483122/chinas-eco-cities-struggle-traction
  4. 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

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Open letter signed by more than 100 groups and individuals says airline breaching its commitment to sustainable development by continuing to transport ... development by allowing carriage of shark fins and related products on flights from Manila to Hong Kong. It was written after a WildLifeRisk, a Hong Kong conservation group, and FinsAttached, ...

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

    ... farmland, forests and areas earmarked for development – posted on the environment ministry website. “Some regions suffer serious soil pollution underscored by worrying farm land quality ...

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

    Rare seahorses found living in river estuaries off Lantau and Sai Kung

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 06:21am by Ernest Kao

    ... development An 18-month study by green groups has found seahorses and pipefish living in river estuaries off Lantau Island and Sai Kung. Major breeding grounds include Tung Chung Bay and the waters ... ecological importance for conserving biodiversity. "We hope the government will take this into account when carrying out development near rivers as land reclamation will have a destructive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1480929/green-study-reveals-rare-seahorses-risk-government-development
  7. 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 ...

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

    China seeks solution to providing clean drinking water supplies

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

    ... standards to be on a par with developed neighbours such as South Korea and Japan. New national standards for drinking water quality were issued in July 2012 and are expected to be enforced next ...

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

    Beijing to get powers to shut factories and punish officials in smog battle

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 11:17am by Reuters

    ... to industrial development, scholars with knowledge of the situation said. Long-awaited amendments to the 1989 Environmental Protection Law are expected to be finalised later this year, giving ... can be implemented in practice, but the National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top economic planning agency, prefers principles that are broader and more flexible. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1482779/beijing-get-powers-shut-factories-and-punish-officials-smog-battle
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Hong Kong joins world study on health impact of air pollution

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 10:40am by LO WEI

    ... unit. "We will develop collaborations with global cities that are economically important," Dora told the South China Morning Post. "The project is still being discussed ... the problem. The department has also commissioned Chinese University's school of public health to develop a methodology for quantifying the health and economic impacts of air pollution in Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1475627/hong-kong-joins-world-study-health-impact-air-pollution

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