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  1. How long should Hong Kong's architects reach for the sky?

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Violet Law

    ... Violet Law Something most Hongkongers have long taken for granted was the subject of a three-day symposium in New York. That tall- very tall- buildings can be packed into Hong Kong plots was the topic of much interest 13,000km away at the Skyscraper Museum in Manhattan. The museum, along with several other organisations, recently held an international symposium to examine ...

  2. New engine idling law is a start- but only just

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... So, after 14 years of talk and negotiation, Hong Kong finally has a law regulating vehicles parked with engines running. It has been watered down so much by transport interest groups ... than done. The government has tended to favour voluntary measures over laws, preferring not to infuriate tax-paying employers. There is generally nothing wrong with this approach in an open ...

  3. Our laws don't foster respect for environment

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong is renowned for its sturdy rule of law and the strength of its judicial system, and rightly so. It is a source of the territory's competitive advantage that our laws apply equally to all people, rich or poor. But not all our laws work as well as they should- and that's especially true when it comes to environmental protection. While there are fines of up ...

  4. Dirty air law to target machinery

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The government is proposing a new law targeting street-level emissions. But not from cars or buses: the measure will regulate 'mobile machinery' ... is misplaced. Under the proposed law, to be tabled next year, new mobile machinery with a certain power output will have to meet United States, European Union and Japanese emission standards ...

  5. It's time to impose laws to help clear the air

    Posted Jan 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is the government's refusal to adopt legally binding policies. Laws stopping vehicles from parking with engines running while drivers wait to deliver and take on goods and passengers would make a big ... have to get to the root of the problem, not nip at the edges. Laws, not voluntary schemes, are the most effective way of making our air clean and clear. The time for solutions- not blame- has ...

  6. Guangdong officials ponder law to cut traffic in cities

    Posted Aug 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Authorities in Guangdong are considering legislation to restrict the number of vehicles on the province's crowded city streets. The police bureau said a rapid increase in vehicles was causing a swathe of problems, such as air pollution, co ...

  7. Legco finally passes ban on idling engines

    Posted Mar 06th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Environment chief Edward Yau Tang-wah achieved a symbolic victory yesterday with the passage of a much-watered-down law banning idling engines, but lawmakers urged him ... impact on roadside pollution will be negligible. But the minister said the law would change Hongkongers' driving habits. Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, lawmaker and Civic Party leader, said that while ...

  8. Fines for harming scenic beach too low, greens say

    Posted Jan 19th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Peter Li Siu-man, campaign manager of the Conservancy Association. 'It is a deliberate breach of the law and not an accidental trespassing into the country park. What these people moved ...

  9. In good hands

    Posted Mar 24th 2011, 12:00am by Joyee Chan

    ... Joyee Chan Legislative councillors often say the people are their 'boss'. They are responsible for many things, including passing laws, debating issues of public interest, ... A background in political science or law will be helpful. Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Law and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from the University of Hong Kong. She says familiarity ...

  10. Beijing's water plan doesn't go far enough, critics say

    Posted Feb 21st 2011, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... of fines and rewards to provide safe drinking water, Adams said. 'To protect water quality, the government should write laws that prohibit pollution of surface and groundwater, and they should enforce those laws in a transparent way in which all parties have recourse to the courts,' she said. 'While the intent of the No 1 document may be right, the methods are too blunt. ...




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