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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Central government must prove 'war on smog' not just hot air

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 03:26am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... is not just hot air There was a perverse sense of irony on Wednesday when Premier Li Keqiang announced China would "declare war" on pollution while Beijing, along with much of the country, was enjoying a rare, cloudless day with crisp air. In his first government work report, Li vowed to fight pollution with the same zeal and determination China has employed to eradicate poverty, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1444736/central-government-must-prove-war-smog-not-just-hot-air
  2. 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
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asia can no longer follow West's polluting ways

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 06:22pm by JOSE RAMOS-HORTA, MOHAMED NASHEED

    ... José Ramos-Horta and Mohamed Nasheed José Ramos-Horta and Mohamed Nasheed say region must lead the way for a global deal Rising Asia can no longer follow West's polluting ways in face ... clean it up. Instead, we Asian leaders focused on reducing poverty by growing our economies. We were not responsible for the pollution, we argued; so we should not have to pay for it. Yes, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1430397/asia-can-no-longer-follow-wests-polluting-ways
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Time for Beijing to get tough with polluters

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 09:37am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Time to get tough with polluters Negative perceptions arising from poor travel services and traffic congestion, serious air pollution in major cities, food safety scandals ... Clearly they are confident of a profitable turnaround. But it could depend on how serious the central government is about enforcing new air-quality goals, since research indicates pollution has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1404950/time-beijing-get-tough-polluters
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China faces protracted battle against choking pollution

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 06:22pm by ANDREW LEUNG

    ... Andrew Leung Andrew Leung says despite the government's best intentions, China's major cities face many more years of choking pollution, given the massive problems created by breakneck growth Dark days ahead Last year, China suffered the worst air pollution in 52 years, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Outdoor air pollution, a leading cause ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1426579/china-faces-protracted-battle-against-choking-pollution
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    In the rush to build, Hong Kong must keep cool

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 06:39pm by FLORENCE LEE

    ... into the surrounding air and rise up above the cooler, heavier air on the ground. As air moves upwards, pollutants and dust are lifted up. With more tightly packed buildings and urban heat, the ability of pollutants to rise and disperse was reduced, according to a report by non-governmental organisation Green Power. Many air-cooling facilities are installed on rooftops, causing a temperature inversion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1486872/rush-build-hong-kong-must-keep-cool
  7. Comment - Letters

    Air quality index should provide more accurate information

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 04:26am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Air quality index should provide more accurate information When the transition from the Hong Kong Air Pollution Index (API) to the Air Quality and Health Index (AQHI) took ... to the public. The API showed exact pollution charts, enabling the public to assess the severity of serious air quality occurrences. The AQHI charts only describe as 10+ all serious air pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1448968/air-quality-index-should-provide-more-accurate-information
  8. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2014

    Posted Apr 19th 2014, 03:17am by LETTERS

    ... that electric taxis are a benefit to Hong Kong. Firstly, there is an assumption that taxis and private cars are major contributors to dangerous roadside pollution. This assumption is rarely questioned here, even though 90 per cent of private cars in Hong Kong are recent models and emit almost no sulphur pollutants. Taxis do emit pollutants, but as all of them are now LPG, they emit little ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1487683/letters-editor-april-19-2014
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Clean water a basic right that is sadly not always delivered

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 03:14am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Basic rights still being neglected Breathing filthy air and drinking polluted water are, unfortunately, common threats for many people on the mainland. Over the years, ... A suggestion that the pollution was the result of poor cleaning and maintenance after an underground oil leak decades ago has reinforced the impression that the mainland is still pushing development ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1486190/clean-water-basic-right-sadly-not-always-delivered
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Cultural district's bike-hire plan could be start of a revolution in cycling

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... are too busy, narrow and polluted, space too limited for parking and the summer weather too uncomfortable for bikes. Other cities where these factors apply to one degree or another do not have ... fault with the scarcity of bicycle paths and facilities, citing health and air pollution issues. Hopefully, the cultural district will one day be seen as instrumental in winning greater ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1484936/cultural-districts-bike-hire-plan-could-be-start-revolution

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