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Hong Kong authorities' deafening silence on noise pollution

Hong Kong authorities' deafening silence on noise pollution

When it comes to noise, Hong Kong could give bedlam a run for its money. From ear-pounding pile-driver punishment and the impatient hum of snarled-up traffic to barking dogs and excitable late-night neighbours, the cheek-by-jowl city we call home just loves to make a racket.

Monday, 27 April, 2015, 3:29pm 1 comment

Civic Exchange calls for ruling on 'unsustainable' small house policy

The government has been urged to seek a court ruling on whether building a three-storey house is a traditional right of indigenous villagers that is protected by the Basic Law.

The call came from public policy think tank Civic Exchange, which termed the practice "fundamentally unsustainable".

25 Apr 2013 - 4:04am

Switch to cleaner fuel to much cleaner air: think tank

Noxious exhaust emissions from cruise ships calling at the city will be cut significantly if the vessels switch to using low-sulphur fuel or shore power, local think tank Civic Exchange says.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:46am

C Y Leung names Christine Loh new environmental undersecretary

Christine Loh, leaving the Tamar offices yesterday, said the chief executive made the first approach about her job. Photo: David Wong

The arrival of an environmental heavyweight at the Environment Bureau could see Hong Kong's green policy moving in the right direction.

Christine Loh Kung-wai, a former lawmaker and head of think tank Civic Exchange, has been appointed undersecretary for the environment.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:36am 3 comments

Green agenda

A key election pledge by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was on nature conservation. This is the best articulated part of his manifesto relating to the environment and a subject on which he consulted widely.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

It is time to end the culture of long working hours in Hong Kong's offices

Coming back to live and work in Hong Kong after spending 30 years abroad has prompted me to think about the city's past and future.

It was because people in Hong Kong paid attention to the importance of their working and family lives, that we have seen this city develop into what is now a famous and commercially successful metropolis.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Watchful eye on the runway plan will help to improve it

The first shot was fired last week by green groups, which warned both the Airport Authority and environmental officials that they are closely watching how an environmental impact assessment for the third runway is to be carried out.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Winning play

Leung Chun-ying's sports policy has three strands, according to the chief executive-elect's election manifesto - promote sport for the community, cultivate elite athletes and make Hong Kong a place for major sports events. And a new sports commissioner will review and refine existing management.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lane change

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying has pledged to survey the use of sports facilities to ensure that they meet Hong Kong's needs, and create a new post of commissioner for sports.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hard truth

China has substantially tightened its air quality standards because that is the way to drive improvements. Chinese scientists who advise the central authorities made this clear on Monday during a private briefing in Hong Kong.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong is crying out for bold thinking on social policies

Whoever wins the chief executive election will have to deal with the rotten legacy left behind.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Exit theory

Why are people leaving Hong Kong? It was reported this week that more people left Hong Kong last year than settled in the city. That was the second time in three years that this has happened.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Emergency measures are needed

I refer to Guy Shirra's letter ('Treat bad air problems as a crisis', January 25).

Last year in a letter to these columns, I said Hong Kong does not have an air pollution problem, it has an air pollution emergency. Thus, the government's crisis managers should be treating the situation as an emergency.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hazy logic

The government was caught napping with regard to Hong Kong's air quality and then caught fudging the issue. That's not a pretty picture; our air quality remains a serious daily threat to public health.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

It's tongue in cheek but some do take the fung shui index seriously

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am