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  1. Investors pile into timber ventures on mainland but there are risks

    Posted Sep 24th 2010, 12:00am by Amanda Lee

    ... Resources Group. Private equity investors, including Shanghai-based Lunar Capital Management and Carlyle Group of the United States, also have been putting money into the timber business. ... forestry managers in the country to oversee operations, and an official quota on logging ultimately constrains profits. 'Just like other resources such as coal and metal, we have seen a lot ...

  2. Port cancer risk

    Posted Oct 13th 2009, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... Wong Yat-hei More then half a million people living near the Kwai Ching container port are facing cancer risks from its fumes, according to Friends of the Earth. The air in Kwai Ching registered the highest level of sulphur dioxide in Hong Kong over the past three years. The group based its estimate on a report by the South Coast Air Quality Management District last year which ...

  3. 37,000 dams at risk of collapsing, warns water resources chief

    Posted May 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei raised the alert to emergency management agencies, the department said. Mr Chen said that more than 37,000 dams, or 43 per cent of the mainland's total, ... of the incidents were caused by excessive rainfall. Mr Chen said the toll would probably increase as more typhoons and landslides would come with climate change. Sichuan would face the biggest risks ...

  4. Awareness needed of incense health risks

    Posted Aug 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the religious practice. Common sense ought to indicate as much, given what we know about the health risks posed by second-hand cigarette smoke and air pollution. Nevertheless, the danger has not been ... offerings. But, in recent years, tougher fire safety regulations and better estate management have forced people to put the shrines inside their homes. It would be impractical to ask people to stop ...

  5. Deprived areas pose greater risk of death from air pollution

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Residents in deprived areas of Hong Kong stand a higher risk of dying from the effects of air pollution, a study has found. The report, published in this month's ... basically,' study leader Wong Chit-ming said. 'If you put it in terms of excess risk, it is about 1 per cent of the excess death is due to air pollution,' said the researcher, an associate ...

  6. letters

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is quite worrying that many of them do not have even a basic concept of how to manage their money, which will be a crucial life skill when they grow up. Parents should educate their children about ... for nearby residents and risk contaminating water systems. So I think the best way to tackle the solid waste problem in Hong Kong for the long term is to reduce waste in the first place. We should ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Feb 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... network While some people talk about the risks associated with Facebook, I think I have benefited from it. You are able to communicate with friends whom you have not been in touch with for some ...

  8. Science and politics, the twin realities of climate-change fight

    Posted Jun 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said that, despite President Barack Obama's pledge to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, his ambition was unlikely to flourish in the face of political opposition. This irritated environmentalists who condemned the Nob ...

  9. talk back

    Posted Nov 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is a hygiene risk as well as being an erosion danger to the soil on the hillside. Peter A. Crush, Sha Tin ...

  10. Critical time for the power sector

    Posted Feb 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in supplies to electricity plants. The latest announcements on allowing some companies to raise their tariffs are to be welcomed, but considering that rapid rate increases raise the risk of social ...




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