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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Groundwater monitoring system 'three years away'

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:04am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com Groundwater monitoring system 'three years away' The mainland is considering revising its 20-year-old standards for groundwater and will launch a new ... underground. Industrial and agricultural pollution is also putting pressure on the system, with latest official data showing nearly 60 per cent of groundwater is either polluted or heavily polluted. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1567193/groundwater-monitoring-system-three-years-away
  2. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Swimmers not told for hours about large leak of raw sewage into the sea

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 04:56am by CHEUNG CHI-FAIR, Ernest Kao

    ... to "further improve notifications". Drainage officials have ordered the plant contractor- which was responsible for construction and design as well as the plant's operation- to produce ... in the environmental monitoring and audit documents for the treatment works, the operators must inform the Drainage Services Department, Environmental Protection Department, Water Supplies Department, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581292/contractor-slow-reveal-sewage-leak
  3. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Soft coral found living in Victoria Harbour points to cleaner water

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:56am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Diaoyu boat sticks to fishing… with unexpected result Hopes that Victoria Harbour will recover from decades of land reclamation and serving as the city's sewage disposal system have received a boost after evidence emerged that soft coral might have colonised the seabed. It comes after soft coral was accidentally hauled aboard a fishing boat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1575619/diaoyu-boat-sticks-fishing-unexpected-result
  4. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Mexican project to feature Chinese goods fined over environmental issues

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 07:20am by AP

    ... the already-huge cruise-ship dock there. Rodrigo Navarro, of the Ocean Futures Society, said the cruise-port operators were sinking pilings into the ocean floor without putting up the protective membranes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575031/mexican-project-feature-chinese-goods-fined-over-environmental-issues
  5. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Water quality standards at bridge defended

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... on it at a meeting last month. The advisers were worried the change, if unwarranted, might jeopardise the integrity of the impact assessment system.   The project's proponent, the Highways Department, ... it? Is it allowed under the current system?" he asked. The relaxation was sought by highways officials after the project registered hundreds of incidents of water quality going below ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570814/water-quality-standards-bridge-defended
  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Pay-as-you-throw rubbish scheme could cost Hong Kong households HK$44 a month

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 04:29am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... referring to the government's goal of reducing per capita waste generation by 40 per cent in the next eight years. He said the as-yet unanswered question of how charging would operate would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1566467/bills-hk44-flat-mooted-pay-you-throw-scheme
  7. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    California drought spells the end of the American dream household lawn

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:48am by AFP

    ... amount of evaporation and water loss, with systems that are precisely placed and emit water sparingly. In terms of plants, she favours succulents, herbs, lavender and agaves, among others. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565606/california-drought-spells-end-american-dream-household-lawn
  8. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Victoria Harbour 'clean enough' without HK$30b sewage treatment upgrade

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... treatment system as the water in the harbour is clean enough, at least for now, environment officials say. They said the planned upgrade under the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) would deliver ... the current chemical-based treatment system was enough to meet most water quality objectives and stressed the upgrade to biological treatment was not "critical" at this stage. The decision ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557126/victoria-harbour-clean-enough-without-hk30b-sewage-treatment-upgrade
  9. Business - China Business - ENVIRONMENT

    Car battery makers urge Beijing to bring in recycling rules

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 10:31am by Daniel Ren

    ... Controls' power solutions operations, said it was trying to understand mainland market conditions with a view to promoting "a well-regulated and efficient recycling system for used vehicle ... is the world's largest car market, it lacks a recycling system for car batteries, with most used batteries collected by small, unlicensed vendors who recklessly dispose of them after selling the lead ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1544134/auto-battery-makers-urge-china-improve-regulation-over
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Cash for landfill revamps backed despite concerns

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 04:57am by Ernest Kao

    ... was too rigid. Panel members voted nine to one to approve the funding, which now goes to Legco's Finance Committee for a final vote. The money will meet start-up costs and initial operating ... who criticised the bureau as "bureaucratic" and "rigid". "You must think outside the box," Mo said. "You want operations to be non-profit and any surplus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557674/cash-landfill-revamps-backed-despite-concerns

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