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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Powerful evidence Hong Kong officials just don't care about pollution

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... don't care about pollution Jumping into a taxi outside the South China Morning Post 's Causeway Bay offices the other day, Monitor was struck by a wry observation from the cab driver. Glancing at a crowd of shoppers crossing the road, many trundling suitcases behind them, he intoned: "Look at all the tourists. All the tourists, enjoying our pollution." He had a point. ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Better pollution policies would mean longer lives for millions

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With a little political will, Beijing could easily hit its targets for mainland urban average PM2.5 levels by 2030, 20 years ahead of schedule Better pollution policies would ... was more right than he knew. According to an academic study published this week, air pollution from burning coal has shortened average life expectancies in northern China by five and a half years. ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Clear evidence obscures truth of Beijing's pollution data

    Posted Feb 07th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... a municipality had to boast at least 292 "blue sky days" a year. In 2007 this threshold was raised to 310 days. A blue sky day, incidentally, is one when the average air pollution index, or API, doesn't exceed 100. That contrasts with Hong Kong's standards, which class API readings of between 50 and 100 as "high" pollution. As the residents of Beijing can ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland City's anti-pollution campaign will not end problem as long as the mainland continues to burn coal to satisfy its power demand Even Hong Kong's best efforts may ... in the city's air quality over the next five years. Yesterday, she pledged to get the very worst-polluting buses and trucks- those that do the most harm to our health- off Hong Kong's streets ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    After nine years, it's time to leave the stage

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:25am by Tom Holland

    ... also worried about the severity of local pollution and angry at the government's failure to do anything to clear the air. ("We have the most environmentally-friendly place for people, for executives, for Hong Kong people to live", claimed then-chief executive Donald Tsang in 2006.) Today, pollution levels are worse than ever. And while the government has pledged action, whether ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It pays China to block global deals on climate and trade

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 03:19am by Tom Holland

    ... on emissions, which can then be written into the WTO rules. That, however, is extremely unlikely. Quite simply, as the world's largest polluter China stands to lose too much from a global treaty ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Look out your window for evidence of strong growth

    Posted Oct 19th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Proof of the state of economic activity on the mainland is clear for all to see in the pollution that drifts to Hong Kong from the Pearl River Delta Look out of your window ... of acrid, brown pollution. I'm not talking here about the stuff that gets belched out at street level by the city's dirty diesel engines, but the smog that rolls down from north ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The plenum speech Xi Jinping ought to deliver (but won't)

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 02:32am by Tom Holland

    ... subsidies. Those subsidies have allowed China's companies to grow rapidly, but they have also encouraged great waste. And by failing to price the true cost of pollution, they have severely ...

  9. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    It's high time Beijing kicked its addiction to GDP numbers

    Posted Jul 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... economy. Equally, GDP fails to account for costs including environmental and health damage. So you can record impressive GDP growth if you don't limit pollution, even though you may be eroding the value of your natural assets and storing up heavy medical costs for the future. (A few years ago, China's State Environmental Protection Administration did try to factor pollution costs ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's excess of industrial capacity nears danger level

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... or by enforcing energy efficiency and pollution standards lack the political muscle to be effective. Altogether, he reckons Chinese manufacturing industry needs to shut down capacity and write off ...




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