Xinjiang seeks US$8.5b investment for chemicals projects

A semi-military administration set up by Beijing in 1954 in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is seeking US$8.5 billion of investment in five projects to use natural gas and coal in chemicals manufacturing.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 5:20am

How much do man-made chemicals affect our health?

Laboratories have demonstrated endocrine disruption on human hormones. Photo: Felix Wong

An urgent hunt is under way across Scandinavia for the culprit causing testicular cancer rates 10 times the global mean. Scientists suspect a man-made substance or interaction between substances which disrupts hormones, possibly before birth.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

New rules likely to cover industrial plasticisers in food and drinks in China

Kweichow Moutai was found to contain more industrial plasticisers, called phthalates, than a standard issued by the Ministry of Health. Photo: Bloomberg

Authorities are inspecting major food manufacturers on the mainland to prepare for a new standard to govern the level of industrial plasticisers in food and beverages in an attempt to restore public confidence.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:28am

The environmental perils of dye

As with their choice of white cotton, most clothing manufacturers prefer synthetic dyes because they are cheaper and easier to use.

However, there has been growing concern about the impact of the colouring industry on human health and on the environment, particularly when waste water from the process is often discharged with inadequate or no treatment.

9 Dec 2012 - 1:51pm

Paraquat not needed in Hong Kong

I refer to the report ("Deaths of dogs may see ban on paraquat", November 18). I completely support the ban of this dangerous herbicide Gramoxone.

25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am

Law doesn't require checks for toxic plasticisers in liquor, says drinks group

A waiter stands next to a table prepared for an official banquet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2009. Photo: AFP

The China Alcoholic Drinks Association has hit back at critics over the revelation that high levels of a toxic chemical were found in a famous Chinese liquor brand.

21 Nov 2012 - 12:40pm

China announces anti-dumping cases on some chemicals

China will implement anti-dumping measures against precursor chemical toluene di-isocyanate imported from Europe and has begun a separate investigation of other chemical imports from Europe and the United States, the government said on Wednesday.

14 Nov 2012 - 10:38am

Milk cartons are recalled in scare over chemicals

Food safety watchdogs have ordered Hong Kong's Trappist Dairy to stop selling all milk products sold in cartons and recall those on shelves over fear of chemical contamination.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

How toxic are the chemicals we use?

What if your water bottle was making you fat? What if it could be giving you cancer or increasing the chances of your child being born with deformed genitals?

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

ask toni & josh

Dear Toni

My friend and I got into a fight and, while we were arguing, she suddenly brought up one of my personal problems to defend her argument.

Her behaviour really upset me. We're not talking at the moment, and I miss her, but I can't ignore what she did to me.

Under siege

Dear Attacked

19 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Welfare recipients need our support

People receiving social welfare payments are having a tough time these days.

Under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme, individuals or families in need receive a small allowance to meet their basic needs. There are also allowances to help the elderly and the disabled.

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Dragon Boat rice dumplings to comply with official 'national standard'

Rice dumplings sold during the Dragon Boat festival will soon have to comply with an official 'national standard' for both content and appearance, the Beijing News said yesterday.

A key element of the new regulations would be a ban on additives on the bamboo leaves used for wrapping the dumplings, the paper quoted an expert as saying.

9 Jun 2008 - 12:00am


An eye on the ingredients

Some people spend thousands of dollars on skincare products every month without knowing what the ingredients are. Because these products are expensive, they think they are of good quality.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Blaze factory kept chemicals illegally

Toxic and flammable chemicals, including cyanide, were illegally stored inside the Tsuen Wan electroplating factory where a fire killed one firefighter and injured nine other people, including six other firefighters, on Monday night.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Stay happy for a long and successful life

Most people think it's important to be happy, but have you ever thought why? Here are a few reasons.

Firstly, when you are doing something difficult and complicated, you feel bored and worried. But, if you look at something interesting, you will feel happy and relaxed.

Secondly, when you are happy, everything seems easy and you can finish your work quickly.

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am