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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Ex-minister blames China's pollution mess on lack of rule of law

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com Above-the-law leaders passed up chance to avoid environmental woes decades ago, choosing frenzied growth instead of protecting resources Top adviser says weak ruleof law fed pollution mess China had a chance to avoid environmental disasters some 40 to 30 years ago, the country's first environmental protection chief has lamented amid worsening air ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Christine Loh offers time frame for cleaner fuel law for ocean vessels

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Cruise ships could see change next year, but power facilities at Kai Tak will take longer Loh offers time frame for cleaner fuel law It will take several years for the government to introduce onshore electricity power facilities at the Kai Tak cruise terminal but a law requiring ocean-going vessels berthing at the city to use cleaner fuel can be in place next year ...

  3. Farmers may get bigger payouts under revised law

    Posted Mar 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com An amendment to the Land Administration Law is expected to give farmers more compensation and opportunities for future development when their land ... the Land Administration Law was a necessary first step, Li said. ...

  4. Grain law may leave farmers in the cold: experts

    Posted Feb 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... mainland authorities released a draft of the country's first grain law for public consultation. The law is designed to guarantee an adequate amount of safe food for the country's ... that the draft law's focus on government intervention rather than a freer market would breed corruption. If the law is adopted, individuals and firms will have to apply for permits from quality ...

  5. Look after your Pets, or else- new law mulled

    Posted Feb 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hazel Knowles Pet owners could be forced to provide adequate exercise, health care and living conditions for their animals under changes being considered to the animal protection law. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department told the Sunday Morning Post it was looking at introducing a 'duty of care' provision in the law as part of ongoing reviews of animal ...

  6. Law has become an idling curiosity

    Posted Dec 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... into force today. But it is much too early to feel we can take a deep breath with confidence. It is unlikely that this law will make much of an impact on roadside pollution. An array of exemptions and a delay in its enforcement to get around our city's hottest season have already weakened public confidence in the law. Some critics have rightly questioned whether the ban will make any ...

  7. CLP warns new carbon law could cloud its results

    Posted Nov 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Denise Tsang Denise.tsang@scmp.com CLP Holdings, the larger of Hong Kong's two electricity utilities, has warned that its full-year results will be hit by new clean energy laws ... for a carbon-trading system that could begin as early as 2015. CLP said the new laws might have a significant impact on its wholly-owned subsidiary, TRUenergy, and analysts anticipated it could result ...

  8. Land laws have to be taken seriously

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... involved in 11 cases that led to violence, riots and deaths. But laws have not always been broken, as there are loopholes. Regulations only cover buildings on state-owned land, while the majority ... of farmland. A mechanism to lodge and hear complaints is in place, but their concerns were ignored. It is little wonder that four days of riots broke out. Laws and regulations are of little use unless ...

  9. Idling law choking on its own inaction

    Posted Jul 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... First, it takes 14 years of tussle to enact a law regulating vehicles parked with engines running. But instead of being an effective tool in combating roadside air pollution, it has been ... the ban in early September, officials told a Legco panel that the understanding had always been that the law would not commence during the hottest days of the year. That lawmakers feel betrayed ...

  10. Environment law that can't ease 'urban canyons'

    Posted Jul 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... on the law, critics say, that they forget how limited it is in solving our deep-seated environmental problems. When the law was introduced in 1998, it was designed as a gatekeeper of big development ... most common form of development- are exempt from the process unless the project has more than 2,000 flats and no sewage network linked to it. The law is powerless to decide how buildings should ...




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