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  1. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    City advisers blast runway environmental report as 'wishful thinking'

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:58pm by Ernest Kao and Cheung Chi-fai

    ... environmental report on its proposed third runway, saying it was full of highly speculative assumptions and "wishful thinking". The concerns came from members of a subcommittee of the Advisory Council on the Environment, in the first of three days of meetings. The Environmental Protection Department is to make a decision on whether to approve the report later this year, based on input ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571451/airport-authority-experts-fairy-tale-predictions-about-marine-park
  2. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Experts slam lack of novel ideas to protect white dolphins from third runway construction

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Government advisers express exasperation at Chek Lap Kok officials' lack of fresh thinking on protecting dolphins if third runway is built ... with "out-of-the-box ideas" to protect the threatened Chinese white dolphin during construction of the proposed third runway. They were speaking on the last of three days' scrutiny ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576255/experts-slam-lack-novel-ideas-protect-white-dolphins-third-runway
  3. News - China - DEVELOPMENT

    Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com An obsession with economic growth and quick returns explains why cities prefer transport white elephants to environmental projects Investment in transport boosts mayors' careers Investment in transport infrastructure improves a mainland mayor's chances of promotion, while spending on environmental improvements lowers them, a research ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1262439/investment-environmental-projects-lowers-mayors-career-prospects-study
  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Third runway decision on hold over dolphin habitat concerns

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... to the environmental protection director, who will then decide whether to issue a work permit for the project. A subcommittee member, who wanted to remain anonymous, said members at the meeting "freely ... said. "This takes time as … environmental impact assessment is a very complex issue." Another member said the subcommittee had a number of doubts on the mitigation measures to protect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577141/government-advisers-hold-back-giving-nod-third-runway
  5. News - China - DEVELOPMENT

    State Council kicks off drafting of next five-year plan

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:36am by STAFF

    ... initiatives that promoted social development, environmental protection and improved people's livelihood, as well as measures to promote fairness and efficiency, media said. The meeting was held ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1585425/state-council-kicks-drafting-next-five-year-plan
  6. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Tung Chung expansion to focus on the east

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 02:57am by FANNY FUNG

    ... the proposal "a "lesser evil", but said questions remained about air quality and protection of the Tung Chung River. The latest blueprint proposes boosting the population of Tung Chung ... to the west of the town centre has been abandoned after environmental groups voiced fears it would affect the ecology of Tung Chung Bay. However, there will still be some low-density development ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1574407/tung-chung-expansion-focus-east
  7. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Green sites earmarked for homes 'full of trees', environmental group says

    Posted May 21st 2014, 04:50am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... land- sites left vacant to mark the boundary between the city and the countryside- as part of a huge drive to build 470,000 public and private flats in the next decade. But environmental ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1516657/green-sites-earmarked-homes-full-trees-environmental-group-says
  8. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    New towns plan: hearing could last 2.5 years

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:03am by Olga Wong

    ... given two channels- the environmental impact assessment and the Town Planning Board- to express discontent about new developments, which seldom address the social impacts," he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1545997/new-towns-plan-hearing-could-last-25-years
  9. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Town planners to start hearing views on village zoning plans

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 05:58pm by Ernest Kao

    ... into surrounding country parks. Green groups will also make a last-ditch effort to vote down the plans, which they believe will only pave the way to environmental destruction. They want the ecologically sensitive enclaves to be folded into parks as the zoning plans fail to properly protect them from unauthorised building. "Town planning rules cannot ensure the private lands [within ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1498341/town-planners-start-hearing-views-village-zoning-plans
  10. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Tai O's stilt houses safe despite new zoning, say planning officials

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 03:14am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Stilt houses safe despite new zoning Town planners have zoned the land on which Tai O's stilt houses stand as residential- despite an ongoing review into whether the buildings should have heritage protection. But planning and lands officials say the picturesque Lantau homes are not in danger of being knocked down to make way ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1546785/tai-os-stilt-houses-safe-despite-new-zoning-say-planning-officials

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