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  1. National pilot project revives rural areas

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... areas, many farmers have migrated to the cities for work, resulting in plenty of abandoned areas, but urban redevelopment is often held back by a shortage of land. According to government officials, residents in rural areas have an average living area of 250 square metres, compared with 80 square metres for their urban counterparts. Therefore, if 10 million people move to the cities, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/967881/national-pilot-project-revives-rural-areas
  2. City Digest

    Posted May 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... 3,000 public housing households 'overcrowded' Some 3,000 'overcrowded' households live in public rental housing where they have living space of less than 5.5 square metres per person, Secretary for Housing Eva Cheng said in reply to a ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1000521/city-digest
  3. No hope for decaying banyan; axe looms

    Posted Dec 07th 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... be at risk of falling. Chau inspected the tree yesterday with officers from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and tested its internal decay using a resistograph. He said they would analyse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/732668/no-hope-decaying-banyan-axe-looms
  4. Tree decayed over a long period before collapsing, arborist says

    Posted Jun 29th 2010, 12:00am by Clifford Lo, Joyce Ng

    ... roots were rotten. 'The roots are blackened and very brittle, which means the tree had already lost physical support before it collapsed,' he said. 'Such serious decay could ... the driver, at the junction of Queen's Road Central and Ice House Street. Both were treated and discharged from hospital. So said the tree's decay was probably caused by a lack of space ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/718423/tree-decayed-over-long-period-collapsing-arborist-says
  5. Decaying bodies prompt fears over water supply

    Posted May 18th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing A huge number of decaying bodies have contaminated waters in Beichuan- one of the worst-hit areas- raising the risk of an epidemic, according to a local health ... 'There are too many dead bodies and the bureau of civil affairs does not have enough hands,' he said. The Beijing news report said the foul smell of the decaying corpses had filled Beichuan. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/638070/decaying-bodies-prompt-fears-over-water-supply
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Urban planners must do more to give us some breathing space

    Posted Apr 19th 2013, 12:00am by CARINE LAI

    ... proposals by the Environment Bureau to control vehicles' exhaust fumes have received much attention, it is also worth highlighting the role urban planning can play in reducing roadside air ... to improve our air quality mentions three urban planning policies: urban greening, pedestrian schemes and cycling networks. Yet, on closer examination, these policies are missing some key elements ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1217626/urban-planners-must-do-more-give-us-some-breathing-space
  7. Lack of care blamed for large number of trees felled

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to be fine before might now be tilted or damaged,' said So, the chief executive of the Conservancy Association. He said the typhoon had exposed long-standing problems with urban tree management. ... care. 'They grow quickly but are often planted in places where they do not belong,' he said. He estimated that half of the fallen trees might have had problems- such as decay- even ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007736/lack-care-blamed-large-number-trees-felled
  8. Urban trees need managing better

    Posted Jul 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Development has left urban Hong Kong scantily greened with trees compared with other big cities, West and East. There is now a consensus that those we still have are worth preserving. Sadly, we still get reminders that many remain blighted by previous neglect or inadequate care. The latest came on Thursday night, when a 14-metre Chinese banyan tree fell in one of Tsim Sha ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1007464/urban-trees-need-managing-better
  9. Another car struck as plan to cut down high-risk trees announced

    Posted May 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the city's tree tsar. Ken So Kwok-yin, a tree expert with the Conservancy Association, said he found decayed roots that could have contributed to yesterday's accident. 'The department should find out the real cause of trees falling... instead of just blaming the weather,' he said. Mr So said an increasing number of trees in urban areas have shown signs of ageing, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/681595/another-car-struck-plan-cut-down-high-risk-trees-announced
  10. Another car struck as plan to cut down high-risk trees announced

    Posted May 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... tree tsar. Ken So Kwok-yin, a tree expert with Conservancy Association, said he found decayed roots that could have contributed to yesterday's accident. 'The department should find ... an increasing number of trees in urban areas have shown signs of ageing, and it would be wise for the department to focus its limited resources on high-risk trees that require better care ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/681638/another-car-struck-plan-cut-down-high-risk-trees-announced

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