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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Incinerator dioxin levels reduced but new rules allow more types of waste to be burned

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 04:29am by Li Jing

    ... allowable limits of dioxins, they permit more types of waste to be burned in municipal incinerators. That came as a surprise to Chen Liwen, a researcher with a grass-roots environmental organisation called Nature University. Sludge from urban sewage plants, a byproduct of wastewater treatment, along with "general solid waste from industrial plants", and even some types ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1593418/incinerator-dioxin-levels-reduced-new-rules-allow-more-types-waste-be
  2. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Pay-as-you-throw waste pilot scheme has limited impact

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 06:32am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... the number of 660 litre bins needed to store the rubbish fell 3 per cent. But Yip said all of the methods, combined with the introduction of more outlets to collect nine different types of recyclable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1597586/waste-fee-pilot-has-limited-impact
  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Chinese insurer offers smog insurance policy, the first of its kind

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 04:49am by Li Jing

    ... firm has rolled out a new smog-focused health insurance- the first of its kind nationally- which compensates Beijingers made ill by air pollution with up to 1,800 yuan (HK$2,270). The product was rolled out as the capital once again ranked among the 10 most polluted mainland cities in the latest figures published yesterday. The insurance from the People's Insurance Company of China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1451988/chinese-insurer-offers-smog-insurance-policy-first-its-kind
  4. 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

    ... these boxes," Lee said. "We do not rule out extending this type of packaging to other products in the future." Ho called for makers to stick to one material in their packaging rather than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1564365/mooncake-boxes-return-earth-hong-kong-caterer-introduces
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Regulators order swift end to smog insurance sales

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 12:42pm by Reuters in Shanghai

    ... Reuters in Shanghai Watchdog instructs China's two largest insurers to cease offering policies against ill-effects of smog one week after they were launched, despite official 'war on pollution' Regulators have told the China’s two largest insurers to stop selling coverage against smog, a week after such policies were launched, the China Daily reported ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1458375/china-regulators-order-end-smog-insurance-sales
  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    'Living fossil' at risk from waste water in country park enclave: scientists

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 03:10am by Ernest Kao

    ... that the Lingula anatina is found. The lingula is a type of brachiopod, a shelled marine creature. Because it has evolved little in the last 500 million years, it is sometimes known as a "living ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1523996/living-fossil-risk-waste-water-country-park-enclave-scientists
  7. 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

    ... to health caused by fine particulates is not only determined by the quantity of particles, but also what type they are," Li said. "Trace metals are the nastiest things in the air that can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1522257/hazardous-level-trace-metals-chinas-air-warn-scientists
  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    EU urges China to roll out carbon trading nationwide ahead of 2020 target

    Posted May 28th 2014, 05:01am by Li Jing

    ... investment in the wrong type of technology". China has launched six carbon markets over the past year, where local governments impose emissions caps on carbon-intensive companies through ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1520161/eu-urges-china-roll-out-carbon-trading-nationwide-ahead-2020-target
  9. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Ban all ivory sales, conservation groups urge government

    Posted May 14th 2014, 04:00am by DANNY LEE

    ... Hong Kong shops with government-issued licences have been able to sell certain types of ivory, including products carved before 1989, ivory from the tusks of extinct mammoths, and ivory bought ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1511458/ban-all-ivory-sales-conservation-groups-urge-government
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Recycling firms to get up to HK$5 million to divert waste from landfills

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 04:40am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... be squeezed out since they lacked the expertise to draw up business plans. "The fund should target what we really need to address- which is high transport costs, high wages and insurance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1474296/recycling-firms-get-hk5-million-divert-waste-landfills

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