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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Clearer air at the end of the tunnel at last

    Posted Sep 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... quality and public health. This is an enormous step, since it means that dealing with our foul air becomes not just a matter of cost but also a question of benefits in the form of better public health, a reduced number of avoidable deaths, lower occupancy of hospital beds and fewer visits to doctors. It's believed the bureau intends to announce initial proposals for dealing ...

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    Government's approach to pollution a breath of a fresh air

    Posted Jan 18th 2014, 01:25am by Howard Winn

    ... the latest science on air pollution becomes incorporated into policymaking, and increasing know-how in managing and monitoring air quality. At the same time the public health aspect of air quality ... "A Clean Air Plan", was a co-publication by four bureaus: Environment, Transport and Housing, Food and Health, and Development, which was a first for the Hong Kong government. This does ...

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    Elvis Au yet to convince on case for an incinerator in Hong Kong

    Posted May 27th 2014, 01:19am by Howard Winn

    ... waste (MSW). It is no doubt true that modern incinerators have substantially reduced emission levels. But this is not to say, as Au claims, that they do not pose a risk to public health. Indeed there have been numerous papers written on incinerators and their impact on public health. There is still significant concern over this issue. In Europe, where there are hundreds of incinerators, ...

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    Does the government need to rethink its incinerator project?

    Posted Jul 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... they are filled up. The other concern is the public health aspects of incinerators. In the 1990s and 1980s, they spewed out high levels of toxic emissions that have damaged the environment and had a deleterious effect on people's health. It is true that modern incinerators produce a fraction of the emissions of earlier generations. The impact on public health is harder to gauge. In Germany, ...

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    Why are London barristers calling Hong Kong Treasure Island?

    Posted Apr 11th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Lantau. There has been growing opposition around the world to traditional mass burn incinerators, which many see as a threat to the environment and public health. There are those who maintain that modern incinerators are safe. Others hold that plasma gasification is a cleaner technology and safer from a public health perspective. All this and more can be discussed at a Public Forum ...

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    Legco advisers to tobacco groups should declare their interest

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:37am by Howard Winn

    ... is that governing bodies "should ensure that interaction with the tobacco industry on matters related to tobacco control or public health is accountable and transparent". So it is disappointing ... on the other hand, will co-ordinate enforcement-cum-publicity activities at idling engine black spots by distributing idling ban leaflets and stickers to drivers. "On the afternoon of 4 April, we ...

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    The importance of knowing who does the auditing

    Posted Apr 16th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... part would talk glibly about the need to "balance" public health with economic development. Even when he was shamed into setting a date for the introduction of new air quality ... is correct in its decision to cite "state secrets" in justification for not turning over the working papers of the failed initial public offering by Standard Water. Hearings on the case ...

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    Ship operators want fair play on Fair Winds by year-end

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Exchange, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and HKU's School of Public Health calculates that the sulphur content in shipping fuel emissions accounts for 385 avoidable deaths ...

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    Supine government response to anarchy at Ho Chung

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 05:33am by Howard Winn

    ... this since it involves taking on the Heung Yee Kuk.   Show us the money We are generally happy to see the emergence of new publications. However, LifestyleAsia appears to be yet another new luxury ... far no cases of the disease have been reported in Ivory Coast, but it has spread in bordering Liberia and Guinea. The World Health Organisation says the epidemic could reach 21,000 in November ...

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    How much longer for action on roadside pollution?

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 03:16am by Howard Winn

    ...   Bloomberg humour Scrolling through headlines on Bloomberg recently we were intrigued by the following item. "Public Vasectomy With Band-Aid Promotes Family Planning: Health ... The HEI is linked to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines which indicate the levels beyond which air pollution begins to affect health. In Causeway Bay, the hourly concentration of nitrogen ...




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