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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    No such thing as global standard of democracy, former UN president says

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 04:05am by Jeffie Lam and Ng Kang-chung

    ... Jeffie Lam and Ng Kang-chung No such thing as global standard of democracy, ex-UN president says There is no international standard of democracy as different countries function ... with "international standards of universal suffrage" as reflected in the UN's International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Citizens should enjoy equal rights to vote and to stand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1540604/no-such-thing-global-standard-democracy-former-un-president-says
  2. Amended air pollution law will lead to drastic emissions cuts

    Posted May 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ordinance. Quite contrary to what he thinks, the proposed amendment is an important step towards achieving the 2010 emission reduction targets agreed with the Guangdong provincial government. Through the amendments, the Hong Kong government proposes to establish the necessary control mechanism to ensure a timely and transparent implementation of the emission caps for the power sector and to cater ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/636006/amended-air-pollution-law-will-lead-drastic-emissions-cuts
  3. Comment

    China's new climate policy providing valuable lessons worldwide

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:46pm by PROJECT SYNDICATE

    ... and livelihoods, particularly in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Moreover, greenhouse-gas emissions are contributing to climate change, the effects of which, as the Intergovernmental Panel ... that rely on natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable sources. Along with more stringent restrictions on coal consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions, the upcoming 13th five-year plan, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1561192/chinas-new-climate-policy-providing-valuable-lessons-worldwide
  4. News - World - CLIMATE CHANGE

    Barack Obama moves to limit emissions from US power plants

    Posted Jun 21st 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... The New York Times in Washington The policy is designed to help tackle global warming, but is likely to face legal challenges Obama ready to limit emissions from power plants US President Barack Obama is preparing regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said, in a significant move towards addressing global warming. But the policy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1265181/barack-obama-moves-limit-emissions-us-power-plants
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Third runway environmental report must be challenged by lawmakers and residents

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 02:17pm by EDWIN LAU

    ... would be "acceptable" on the government's 2020 targets of the emission reduction plan for the Pearl River Delta region. Given that authorities are already projecting a reduction ... high air pollution levels, an average of 15 days per year. That is five times the standard of a maximum of three days a year for different districts. Tung Chung records the worst results among ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1553977/third-runway-environmental-report-must-be-challenged-lawmakers-and-residents
  6. Comment - Letters

    Incinerator is a necessary part of Hong Kong's waste strategy

    Posted May 13th 2014, 04:15am by LETTERS

    ... to be built near Shek Kwu Chau will be designed to meet the latest European emission standards, which are the highest standards for incinerators in the world. The recent visit to Europe made ... and can achieve a removal efficiency of 99 per cent. With the stringent design and emission standards, and additional measures adopted, the predicted cumulative air quality impact at Shek Kwu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1510877/incinerator-necessary-part-hong-kongs-waste-strategy
  7. News - China - POLLUTION

    With vehicles top source of smog-causing pollutant, study suggests halving Pearl River Delta traffic

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 04:25am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... with nitrogen oxides (NOx) generated from other combustion sources to form ozone. It concluded traffic-related emissions accounted for 50 per cent of the ambient VOC levels in the region, with petrol ... not elaborate on how traffic could be halved. It was funded by Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department. The summary also reported that the share of industrial emissions was about 25 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553623/vehicles-top-source-smog-causing-pollutant-study-suggests-halving-pearl
  8. News - Hong Kong - AVIATION

    Third Hong Kong runway gets backing of 2,500 pilots 'to stop air congestion'

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:20am by Phila Siu

    ... planes to wait for 15 minutes or more to take off. This has resulted in higher fuel usage and carbon emissions, according to the Hong Kong Airline Pilots Association, which represents pilots ... "These practices will increase airtime, thus in turn increasing fuel burn and emission." Debate over whether Chek Lap Kok airport needs a third runway was reignited after the Airport ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556860/third-runway-has-backing-2500-strong-pilots-group
  9. News - World - CLIMATE CHANGE

    Obama set to unveil plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions

    Posted Jun 26th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington With little help from Congress, US president set to unveil plan to tackle emissions Obama to go it alone on climate change US President Barack Obama ... curb greenhouse-gas emissions from new and existing power plants, according to people briefed on the plan by the administration. Other components would include energy efficiency, renewable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1268873/obama-set-unveil-plan-tackle-greenhouse-gas-emissions
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Greens call for study on ozone in Tung Chung

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

    ... In the 14 years ending last year, there were 174 days on which levels of ozone exceeded government standards; Yuen Long, the second-worst area, was over the standard on just 64 days. Ozone 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1531036/greens-call-study-ozone-tung-chung

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