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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China must tackle soil pollution as a priority to safeguard food chain

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 03:58am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Dealing with soil pollution priority Unlike air pollution, soil contamination cannot be so easily seen. Yet it is arguably more harmful to health, due to its impact on food ... kilometres- two-thirds of China's land area- showed 16.1 per cent of soil and 19.1 per cent of arable land had been contaminated. The main pollutants were cadmium, nickel and arsenic, the result ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1496181/china-must-tackle-soil-pollution-priority-safeguard-food
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Clean-up of Victoria Harbour is far from over

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 03:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Harbour clean-up is far from over Hong Kong has the expertise and financial clout to tackle its pollution challenges. Victoria Harbour is proof of what can be done when ... was recommended by an international panel 12 years ago. Implementation would cost at least HK$30 billion. Unlike air pollution, it is difficult to determine from a distance just how poor the water ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1560712/clean-victoria-harbour-far-over
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    This time it looks like Beijing is serious about tackling smog

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 04:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... economic expansion rate of 7.5 per cent forecast in the government's annual work report is in line with this aim. But Premier Li Keqiang pulled a surprise by making the war on pollution ... are necessities for prosperity. Pollution from vehicles and coal-fired power plants, factories and furnaces is literally choking the nation, with studies showing it led to the premature deaths of 1.2 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1441343/time-it-looks-beijing-serious-about-tackling-smog
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    In a nation hooked on cars, a bicycle revival is just what we need

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 04:01am by SCMP Editorial

    ... But they are also non-polluting and provide good exercise, unlike motor vehicles. For the sake of the environment and public health, it is time to place more emphasis on building bicycle and pedestrian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1560057/nation-hooked-cars-bicycle-revival-just-what-we-need
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong risks losing out to rivals without a third airport runway

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 05:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The debate boils down to weighing the economic gains against social and environmental costs. While pursuing competitiveness and growth is unobjectionable, concerns about marine life and pollution ... the authority has submitted a revised environmental impact assessment report. The study concluded that the project would not have an adverse impact on residual air quality. To mitigate noise pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1542596/hong-kong-risks-losing-out-rivals-without-third-airport
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing now needs to invest more on raising quality of life

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 02:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... indicated that their quality of life is far from ideal by comparison. Not surprisingly, given that pollution of China's air, water and soil has reached crisis levels. Public health experts blamed food, pollution and lifestyle issues for the results, along with lack of medical resources to cure diseases before they become serious. The most prevalent chronic illnesses in the study ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1536516/beijing-now-needs-invest-more-raising-quality-life
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Governments and businesses must heed WHO warnings on pollution

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 01:01am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Heed the WHO's pollution warning Air pollution has long been known to be a life-and-death issue, causing heart and lung ailments in the elderly and young. But, while we ... the pollutants from vehicles, power plants and factories as a leading cause of cancer, even worse than passive smoking, governments no longer have an excuse to take a laissez-faire approach. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1338312/governments-and-businesses-must-heed-who-warnings-pollution
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Time for action in battle to clear roads of polluting vehicles

    Posted Oct 05th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Time for action in pollution battle A revised government plan for improving air quality by getting the 84,000 dirtiest, or pre-Euro IV commercial diesel vehicles off our ... will be the real winner in a battle against air pollution in which we badly lag international benchmarks. The government originally proposed ex gratia payments ranging from 10 per cent to 30 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1324793/time-action-battle-clear-roads-polluting-vehicles
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Will China's new pollution plan work?

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Pollution plan, but will it work? The mainland's first comprehensive plan to improve air quality reflects strong resistance by local government and industry to specific and binding targets to reduce coal consumption- the main culprit for pollution. As a result, the plan is three months overdue and lacking detail, but nonetheless a welcome start on tackling a major ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1313372/will-chinas-new-pollution-plan-work
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Public still needs to be convinced on right power option for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 03:48am by SCMP Editorial

    ... interruptions, cost and the impact on regional emission as key concerns. There can be no dispute that reliability is a valid issue, as are pollution and tariffs. But that does not mean they cannot ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1535779/public-still-needs-be-convinced-right-power-option-hong-kong

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