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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Hazardous level of trace metals in Hong Kong’s air as scientists warn of health crisis

    Posted May 30th 2014, 11:40pm by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... level of trace metals in China's air The air in China contains 10 to 20 times more fine metallic particles than in the United States, according to scientists studying samples of air ... of health-threatening trace metals, the scientists say. Nearly 20 per cent of PM2.5 particle samples collected in the city carried metals such as zinc, a hazardous element that can permanently damage DNA. While ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Mooncake boxes that return to earth: Hong Kong caterer introduces biodegradable packaging

    Posted Aug 02nd 2014, 03:38am by Ernest Kao, VICTORIA ANN DUTHIE

    ... the Mid-Autumn Festival, such as metal mooncake packaging, isn't biodegradable and masses in landfills, adding to Hong Kong's notorious waste problem. But some mooncake makers, heeding ... is known for its signature snowy mooncakes, tries to use as little packaging as possible although it continues to use metal boxes. Its spokesman said yesterday that it followed recommendations from ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    'Precious' silk tree in Sham Shui Po removed after risk of collapse

    Posted Jan 18th 2014, 03:58am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com 'Precious' tree removed after risk of collapse A deteriorating old silk tree in Sham Shui Po officially categorised as "precious ... … for the sake of public safety." The register did not specify the age of the tree, but said the "precious" tree had "an outstanding form". The department said that since ...

  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei's multimillion-yuan studies find smog is coming from neighbours

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 07:22pm by Li Jing

    ... expensive and labour-intensive. For instance, Beijing municipal environmental monitoring centre has spent “several million yuan” on importing a piece of equipment which can analyse heavy-metal ...

  5. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Chinese demand for furniture 'decimates' rosewood stocks in Mekong region, activists say

    Posted May 13th 2014, 10:40pm by AFP

    ... Chinese demand for luxury furniture is spurring illegal logging across Southeast Asia, stripping the region of precious Siamese rosewood and driving cross-border corruption and violence, ... worth of precious timber from the Mekong area. Rosewood can fetch thousands of dollars per cubic metre and loggers can earn hundreds of dollars for their efforts, many times greater than ...

  6. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Crippled HK$27 billion Jinsha River hydro plant badly built, says official

    Posted May 27th 2014, 02:47pm by Li Jing and Alice Yan

    ... Environmental Affairs, said problems with hydropower plants had caused "irreversible damage" to the Jinsha River, part of the upper reaches of the Yangtze, and could wipe out many precious ...

  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ENVIRONMENT

    Environmentalist calls for help building online database of Hong Kong's wildlife

    Posted May 27th 2014, 09:50am by AUDREY SZE

    ... of the area is protected land. But Chor worries that builders will extend construction into precious country parks. "Without informing people, people won't know how to appreciate it, let ...

  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Land Ministry to map the extent of soil contamination by heavy metals

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com As concerns grow over the safety of food supplies, officials plan to undertake a survey of heavy-metal contamination's distribution Ministry to put soil pollution on the map The Ministry of Land and Resources is compiling a nationwide "pollution map" to gauge the level of heavy-metal contamination in soil due to human activities, according ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Toxic air fears over PLA warships moored in Victoria Harbour

    Posted May 01st 2014, 04:21am by Ernest Kao

    ... besides particulate matter and sulphur dioxide, also contain heavy metals such as nickel. The sulphur content of low-grade bunker fuel burned by cargo ships is up to 2,000 times higher than ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Plan to slash emissions by updating old buses

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... to complete the job in all 1,400 eligible vehicles. Allowing for about 15 per cent contingency to cover inflation, foreign currency fluctuations and prices of precious metals, the budget ...




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