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  1. Officials urge guidelines on light pollution

    Posted Mar 24th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Environment officials opted to introduce voluntary guidelines rather than laws to combat light pollution, saying enforcement would be difficult and unsuitable. According to a paper on light pollution submitted to the legislature yesterday, the guidelines would recommend switching off outdoor displays after 11pm and avoiding or minimising flashing lights. A task force ...

  2. Lack of political will responsible for the polluted air we breathe in HK

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... It was a further masterpiece in the Environment Bureau's long series of deceptions on air quality management. The full array of short-term and annual pollutant concentrations show that the population ... Air pollution is a major cause of serious morbidity and mortality and will continue to be for decades, especially for children, the deprived and those with other health problems, even ...

  3. New pollution figures on way... in five years

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao jiangtao.shi@scmp.com The mainland's top environmental watchdog has finally unveiled a timetable for long-awaited reform of outdated air pollution standards amid mounting ... the public, yearning for the truth about pollution, will have to wait years for answers. Environmentalists have said that the repeated delays in expanding the pollution-monitoring perimeters ...

  4. Power plants fined for fake pollution data

    Posted Nov 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Eight big power plants have been penalised for violating pollution standards, and six of them have also been fined for fudging emissions data, amid warnings that China's annual targets on cutting pollution and energy waste are slipping out of reach. The latest setback in meeting the country's mandatory targets on reducing ...

  5. Wasteful subsidies are not the answer to air pollution or energy price rises

    Posted Dec 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... The government should have seen this day coming, unless it always planned to appease the population with electricity subsidies which are counterproductive to any pollution or climate control measures ...

  6. Policy address failed to deal with Hong Kong's serious pollution problems

    Posted Nov 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... for the environment portfolio in his last policy address. He chose an easy and short-term option of offering more carrots to please various sectors of our society instead of applying sticks to get polluters ... their catalytic converters. The government estimates that 80 per cent of taxis and 50 per cent of minibuses are emitting exceedingly more pollutants than they should be. While giving out these carrots, ...

  7. Pollution sensors offer some hope

    Posted Nov 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Officials tend to drag their feet when it comes to measures intended to force people to change their behaviour to help ease pollution. There have been plenty of carrots offered, but few ... monoxide. Those who are caught and fail to rectify the problem may be deregistered. This step, which will hopefully curb roadside pollution, is long overdue. The detection scheme was first mooted ...

  8. Health warning as pollutants build in delta fish

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... industrial pollution. The newspaper said waters around fisheries had high concentrations of heavy metals and other industrial pollutants. The ports with the worst marine environments were ... into the sea last year was excessively polluted. It found that eight rivers flowing into the sea off Guangdong carried 1.08 million tonnes of pollutants, including petroleum, nutrients, heavy metals ...

  9. New pollution traps to target 'Invisible' fumes

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... at 490,000 vehicles powered by petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). These emit pollutants more difficult to spot than those from diesel-powered vehicles, which spew out black smoke. Devices ... studies by the department found that 80 per cent of taxis and 45 per cent of minibuses are spewing excessive pollutants because of defective catalytic converters- devices that change toxic exhaust ...

  10. Pedestrianisation in Wan Chai would improve safety and reduce air pollution

    Posted Nov 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... achieved by restricting access for non-essential vehicles, with the knock-on effect of reducing air pollution. However, in the ensuing years there has been little evidence of action ... thereby encouraging more private vehicles (and more pollution) into this already congested area. This is despite the fact that this downtown district is extremely well served by the MTR, the tram ...




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