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  1. News - Comment

    Hong Kong's little bubble of self-importance

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 07:24pm by Philip Bowring

    ... compensation claims. Learning from the rest of the world is something that Hong Kong does not do much of at present. Anti-pollution measures are perhaps the most obvious. But now we may have another ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/article/1334635/hong-kongs-little-bubble-self-importance
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Keep Hong Kong seas safe and open

    Posted Oct 07th 2012, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... for an authority. Two years on, little has happened. Another marine issue crying out for attention is ship pollution. The worst offenders are not the big container ships but the mostly mainland-operated ... the government's environmental policies is especially evident towards marine pollution which, according to one recent report, kills hundreds of people a year. Hong Kong is no longer a manufacturing centre, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1055389/keep-hong-kong-seas-safe-and-open
  3. Rule by gesture, not meaningful policy

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... on power consumption, and hence air pollution, but involve much bureaucracy and probably create opportunities for fiddles. Household lighting is a minor use of power. Households account for only 25 ... away from coal. The bottom line is that much could easily be done to cut power-related pollution if the government had the will to push meaningful policies instead of public relations gestures. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696438/rule-gesture-not-meaningful-policy
  4. Black clouds

    Posted Jun 18th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... on individual rights and health. Think of those words: a stunning indictment of the political system at a time when, globally, issues of the environment, pollution, public health, resource depletion ... top microbiologists are all urging immediate action. But the bird flu threat is nothing compared to the daily impact of polluted air on the people of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/641976/black-clouds
  5. Snooze and you lose

    Posted Jul 15th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... mainlanders would rather take a holiday or get medical treatment in Taipei than expensive, polluted Hong Kong. It has drawbacks, such as poor English-language skills, and it will not be able ... from ports to road links, to the bridge and the Lok Ma Chau loop, are numerous. Meanwhile, Hong Kong hides from its own pollution failings by passing the buck to its neighbours. Unfortunately, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/645295/snooze-and-you-lose
  6. Missed opportunities

    Posted Jun 30th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... to address the big pollution issues head on. Who cares whether the government changes its light bulbs or 'expands the scope of green procurement' (whatever that means) while refusing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/685357/missed-opportunities
  7. Blasts of hot air threatening Hong Kong's greatest assets

    Posted Mar 31st 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Kong's greatest assets- its openness and internationalism- are under threat, not just from pollution but from xenophobia masquerading as patriotism. The recent police shooting of a Nepali may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/675281/blasts-hot-air-threatening-hong-kongs-greatest-assets
  8. State and money triumph over true athletic spirit

    Posted Aug 13th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... negatives such as pollution and created much hypocritical grandstanding about Darfur. BBC World TV, which defiles a famous brand with increasingly tabloid instincts, chose the first day of the Games ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/648871/state-and-money-triumph-over-true-athletic-spirit

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