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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A new front in Hong Kong's war on pollution

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 04:31am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial A new front in war on pollution Hong Kong is, as researchers studying the health effects of roadside air pollution have observed, an "ideal urban laboratory". In many urban districts, canyons of tall buildings line streets, restricting the dispersal of emissions from vehicle exhausts. These are perfect conditions to find out the impact of pollutants ...

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    Protesters who blocked roads also cleared Hong Kong's polluted air

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Blockaded roads mean cleaner air Heavy roadside pollution is bad for health- of that there is no dispute. The exhaust fumes from vehicles, especially the decades-old diesel ... Official data showed the health risk from air pollutants in the areas was low rather than the typical high; it stayed like that throughout the day in all but Mong Kok, where it shifted to moderate ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Everyone, including China, can do more to tackle climate change

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 03:49am by SCMP Editorial

    ... serious air pollution and raises hopes among environmentalists that China will become more amenable to a carbon cap in future talks. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli told the meeting China was committed ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Ozone depletion not a threat to a united world

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the nations most behind the pollution that causes the rise in temperatures cannot agree a common approach, preferring to take their own measures. Ironically, the good news on the ozone layer ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. 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 ...

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    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 ...




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