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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Heat island effect turns tenement flats into 'ovens'

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 12:45pm

    ... Ernest Kao Temperatures on rooftops can hit 70 degrees Celsius on some days Low-income dwellers living on the top floors of old tenement buildings have become the forgotten victims ... degrees higher than the 32 degree mean temperature recorded by the Observatory that day. “Low-income households may have to bear heavier electricity bills for air-conditioning … and could easily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1613551/heat-island-effect-turns-old-tenement-flats-ovens
  2. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Brazil refuses to join pact to end deforestation by 2030

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 08:19pm by AP

    ... And the world's three largest palm oil companies- Wilmar, Golden Agri-Resources and Cargill- said on Tuesday they would cooperate to end deforestation and encourage Indonesia's incoming president, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599614/brazil-refuses-join-pact-end-deforestation-2030
  3. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Public warms up to cash-for-trash payment proposal

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:38am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... But Bernard Chan, chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, which carried out the consultation, rejected calls for low-income groups to be exempted from the charge. Waste disposal fees have ... not be able to afford it. But if it is set too low, there is no incentive for people to reduce waste." He said the government would help those on low incomes pay the fee through existing welfare ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1424632/public-warms-cash-trash-payment-proposal
  4. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Debate over best method for waste levy

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:06pm by Ernest Kao, SAMUEL CHAN

    ... on lower incomes. "Punishing people [by making them pay] will only turn people off trying to reduce waste," he said. Liberal Party lawmaker Frankie Yick Chi-ming said that as well ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1381912/green-groups-and-property-management-firms-come-out-support-waste
  5. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Future of Hong Kong’s fishermen in doubt as industry declines

    Posted Dec 03rd 2013, 06:41pm by Agence France-Presse in Hong Kong

    ... and his income has dropped by a third. He says he was inadequately compensated for his loss of earnings. “Hong Kong has been known as a fishing centre since its port was opened for trade, but now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1371987/future-hong-kongs-fishermen-doubt-industry-declines
  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    New country parks boss signs up to protect 'every inch' of parkland

    Posted Oct 05th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong and Stuart Lau

    ... Mun and Clear Water Bay country parks. Their household incomes ranged from HK$10,000 to more than HK$40,000 a month. They were asked if they would be willing to pay an annual fee to enhance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1324797/new-country-parks-boss-signs-protect-every-inch-parkland
  7. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    WWF ends development partnership with Cheung Kong

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... had promised to contribute seed money to create a trust that would generate income to run a wetland reserve built on 95 per cent of the 80-hectare site. But the arrangement has increasingly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1241380/wwf-ends-development-partnership-cheung-kong
  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Chinese drive to create vast vineyards spark concern

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... many of whom are farmers with household incomes of less than 1,000 yuan a year, the official said, declining to be named. There is a wide wealth disparity between most Chinese and Tibetans, and the issue has generated ethnic tensions that put pressure on the local government. Tibetans who work in vineyards could see their income increased tenfold, the official said. But not all Tibetan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1230907/chinese-drive-create-vast-vineyards-spark-concern
  9. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Lure of Chinese money blamed for plunder of Mozambique marine life

    Posted Feb 16th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... "We take them to town where there are Chinese buyers. It's good money." Nhamussua reckons he has sold 20 fins so far, boosting his normal income and his hopes of completing a modest ... for tourists. Fishing for sustenance has long been a staple here, with few alternative sources of income. But it is an open secret that Chinese syndicates are not content as passive buyers. Instead, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1151113/lure-chinese-money-blamed-plunder-mozambique-marine-life
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Green group urges reduction in energy use in city buildings

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... low-income families next year. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1102460/green-group-urges-reduction-energy-use-city-buildings

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