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  1. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    UN climate report will not sway US deniers, experts says

    Posted Sep 21st 2013, 06:17pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... they will be challenged in the primary (elections next year) by the Tea Party,” the ultraconservative wing of the Republican party. They “say what they have to say to get reelected,” Meyer said. Public opinion ... week, though most Republicans in the US government are expected to dismiss it outright. “The IPCC report will help for the observers and the public to understand where the majority ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1314639/un-climate-report-will-not-sway-us-deniers-experts-says
  2. News - Hong Kong

    Updated water quality standards needed for Hong Kong's beaches, says DAB

    Posted Aug 19th 2013, 07:59pm by CHARMINE CHE

    ... a fifth of the 791 citizens polled had experienced discomfort or illness after swimming in public swimming pools, and around 13 per cent felt sick after swimming in beaches. DAB lawmaker ... and offering discount packages for public swimming pools in consideration of low-income families.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1297843/updated-water-quality-standards-needed-hong-kongs-beaches-says-dab
  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

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

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

    ... be publicly released amid mounting concerns over food safety due to soil contamination. Recent reports said that almost half of the rice in Guangzhou was found to be tainted with cadmium, a heavy ... to the 2006 survey and release the information to the public," he asked. Mainlanders are becoming increasingly worried about the safety of crops and vegetables grown in contaminated soil. A study ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1260215/land-ministry-map-extent-soil-contamination-heavy-metals
  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Kunming to release environment report after protests over petrochemical plant

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Refinery report to be made public The government of the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming will publish an environmental impact assessment for a refinery which has ... with procedure, release the environmental impact assessment report to the public,” the paper quoted Li as saying. “There is nothing which needs to be covered up.” The government last week issued an order ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1252276/kunming-refinery-report-be-made-public
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    China environment ministry accused of passing buck on project approvals

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... such projects in 2008. "Reckless decisions by local governments to construct incinerators have already led to many public protests," Xia said. Li and Xia also said they were worried ... which had already won ministry's approval and so should have met the public's environmental expectations. Some environmental law experts have suggested the ministry should be held ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1252278/environment-ministry-accused-passing-buck-project-approvals
  6. Business - Companies

    Carmakers exaggerating fuel efficiency, study shows

    Posted May 28th 2013, 02:13pm

    ... efficiency in transportation to benefit public health and mitigate climate change. Volkswagen’s luxury unit Audi had the second widest disparity, with reported emissions some 28 per cent below actual ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1248132/car-makers-exaggerate-fuel-efficiency-study
  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, May 28, 2013

    Posted May 28th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... itself on being a "free, open and secure society". A society where women are scared of reporting serious crimes does not fit any of those descriptors. I expected a public apology ... Neither statements address Mr Lai's word choice. The language we use has impact on society. Mr Lai needs to acknowledge this and publicly take responsibility for what he said. His words stung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1247708/letters-editor-may-28-2013
  8. News - China

    Xi warns officials they'll be held responsible for pollution 'for life'

    Posted May 25th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Li said. For instance, a mayor could push a project publicly, but the city's party secretary might play a bigger role in seeing it through. Sometimes decision-making on a big project ... is collected by government and kept by government," he said. "Even if a project has caused serious pollution, the public is often kept in the dark. If you can't hold an official ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1245558/xi-jinping-warns-officials-theyll-be-held-responsible-pollution-life
  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    WWF ends development partnership with Cheung Kong

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Cheung Chi Fai

    ... become a political burden on WWF amid rising public hostility towards property developers in recent years. Last year, some activists even urged members of the public not to donate to WWF. Yet Koo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1241380/wwf-ends-development-partnership-cheung-kong
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Nature needs a voice in Hong Kong to protect Chinese white dolphins

    Posted May 18th 2013, 12:00am by MICHAEL LAU

    ... the popularity of this intelligent species among the Hong Kong public, when this is balanced with the fact that our development and other demands put us in direct competition with the dolphins ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1239930/nature-needs-voice-hong-kong-protect-chinese-white-dolphins

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