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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Artificial beach in Lung Mei gets green light despite environmental worries

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 04:34am by Cheung Chi-fai and Chris Lau

    ... beach clears court hurdle Plans to build a man-made beach at Lung Mei in Tolo Harbour cleared a legal hurdle yesterday, when the courts dismissed a judicial challenge filed by green activists ... "As for whether [further] legal action is the best option, we'll have to study it as a team first, but if we can find a better way, we will definitely choose that." The idea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1572353/plan-artificial-beach-lung-mei-tai-po-clears-court-hurdle
  2. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China approves jail for consumers of rare wild animals: official media

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 09:42am by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... The animals include giant pandas, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins, the report said. Under the legal interpretation passed on Thursday, people who eat animals on the list or purchase ... legislature voted on Thursday to approve a legal measure that will jail people caught eating rare wild animals, state media reported. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1496503/china-approves-jail-consumers-rare-wild-animals-official-media
  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Officials to get tough on polluters as public anger rises over environmental scandals

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com Legal interpretation spells out tougher action against polluters in move seen as addressing seething public anger over environmental disasters Pollution laws ... of environmental law at Peking University, said the legal interpretation was significant because law enforcement officials now had concrete instructions on how deal with polluters. "Pollution has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1263920/officials-get-tough-polluters-public-anger-rises-over-environmental
  4. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Lawmakers finally vote to back HK$2b Tseung Kwan O landfill extension

    Posted May 21st 2014, 02:04pm by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... or North Korea?" Chan asked. Legco legal adviser Jimmy Ma said that while the president's ruling could not directly apply to motions that were not amendments to bills, he still believed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1517167/legco-panel-finally-votes-back-hk2b-tseung-kwan-o-landfill-extension
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Amended green law given mixed review

    Posted May 01st 2014, 04:32am by Li Jing

    ... given mixed reviews Mainland legal officials hailed China's newly amended environmental protection law as a breakthrough, saying it will compel local governments to end the blind pursuit of economic growth and hold officials accountable for neglecting the environment. The amendment also opens a door, however slightly, for certain government-approved groups to initiate legal action ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1501223/amended-green-law-given-mixed-review
  6. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Tough amendments to China's environment law submitted for NPC approval

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 01:19pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... in 25 years will give legal backing to Beijing’s newly declared war on pollution and formalise a pledge made last year to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs economic model that has ... includes legal protections for whistleblowers, the report added. Despite promises to change China’s economic model, the country’s top planning official told parliament on Monday that the focus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1494257/tough-amendments-chinas-environment-law-submitted-npc-approval
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Revised green law imposes stiffer penalties

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 04:01am by Zhang Hong, Reuters

    ... country's harsh environmental realities". The changes give legal backing to Beijing's war on pollution and formalise a pledge made last year to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs ... legal action. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1496236/revised-green-law-imposes-stiffer-penalties
  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing to get powers to shut factories and punish officials in smog battle

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 11:17am by Reuters

    ... changes to the legislation in 25 years will give legal backing to Beijing's newly declared war on pollution and formalise a pledge made last year to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs ... authorities' dependence on the taxes and employment provided by polluting industries is reflected by the priorities set out in the nation's growth-focused legal code, said Wang Canfa, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1482779/beijing-get-powers-shut-factories-and-punish-officials-smog-battle
  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Loopholes in protection of two key wildlife sites: Conservancy Association

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 03:16am by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... of butterfly and a rich fung shui woodland. "The site status is an inferior one as it does not have any legal backing since it is not reflected in any enforceable land-use zoning at all," Li ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1486130/loopholes-protection-two-key-wildlife-sites-conservancy-association
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Lawmakers split over controversial HK$20b waste landfill and incinerator plans

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 03:09pm by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... plan amid overwhelming opposition from lawmakers. The incinerator plan, which is still being legally challenged, was officially before the committee for the first time.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1483909/lawmakers-split-over-controversial-hk20-billion-waste-landfill-and

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