Chemical Engineering

Explosion triggers fire at Venezuelan oil refinery, killing dozens

Explosion triggers fire at Venezuelan oil refinery, killing dozens

Dense smoke rises from a fire at Venezuela's biggest oil refinery, on the Paraguana Peninsula, where a gas leak yesterday caused an explosion that killed at least 24 and injured more than 80 others in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country's key oil industry.

Sunday, 26 August, 2012, 10:18am

Corrections & clarifications

Judith Waldron's letter ('Too early to say that spill is not toxic', August 10) said, incorrectly, that plastic particles at sea absorb persistent organic pollutants onto their surfaces. It should have said the particles adsorb these pollutants. The error was introduced in the editing process.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Guangzhou scheme restricting private cars could be adopted in HK

As Hong Kong is an international finance hub, it attracts a lot of investors and other professionals.

While many are happy to live here, often for a long time, some are expressing misgivings regarding the levels of pollution in the city. This is a problem that all Hongkongers should be concerned about.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Health bites

Passing out parade

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm

Act now on air pollution too

When the government announced on Thursday that the chief executive will break with tradition and deliver his first policy address in January instead of October, we trust Leung Chun-ying looked out of his window and reflected on the view from Government House - or what you could see of it.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

'Warn public on health risks of air pollution'

Air pollution experts have again called for a new alert system to warn the public about health risks created by extreme pollution like the grey pall over Hong Kong yesterday.

They issued the appeal as the city choked for a second consecutive day in what green activists called 'life-threatening' levels of air pollution.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Lai See

Kids wheezing Down Under - what about those in HK?

There is less than cheery news from Australia on the subject of air pollution and child health.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Stink of Guangzhou garbage plan refuses to go away

Hundreds of residents of Qingyuan and Guangzhou took to the streets on June 10 to protest against a plan to build a garbage incinerator in Guangzhou's Huadu district, close to Qingyuan.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Incinerators won't be a waste of time

How to get rid of waste is an issue that sadly receives little attention from our government. In the face of a growing population but limited land, a solution is needed now.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

One step ahead of being outsmarted

As a mother who carefully controls how much time her children spend in front of televisions and computers, it has come as quite a surprise to me, and I think to my children as well, just how much I have embraced today's smartphones and tablet devices.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A smokescreen for unhealthy air

Shooting the messenger is never a good idea, especially when people's health is at stake. Yet that is what the Chinese government seems intent on doing to US diplomatic missions, which since last year have been issuing data on the smallest and most harmful air pollution particles, PM2.5, in three cities.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Burning issue

Last year, Rosa Ma and her eight-year-old daughter boarded the ferry in Mui Wo and headed into town for a ballet lesson. As soon as they disembarked at the Central ferry terminal, Ma's daughter, Sun-yi, became uncomfortable. 'She said she felt attacked by the dust on her face,' says Ma.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

The 10 signs you're an iPad junkie

Have you ever checked your e-mail while walking, surfed the web during a movie, or updated your Facebook page while sitting opposite friends in a bar or restaurant? If so, you're probably addicted to your smartphone - as if you didn't know already - but how about the iPad?

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

A chance to get rid of waste with virtually no emissions

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Future's greener architect

Nature creates many wondrous things, but it never wastes anything. Fallen leaves end up fertilising the soil. Water is recycled in the atmosphere and falls back to Earth as rain or snow.

Local 'cybertect' (cyber architect) James Law has learned from nature. His designs are all environmentally friendly.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am