Ridding the air of soot is a clear, achievable goal

Take a walk downtown in Asian cities like Manila, Shanghai and Bangkok, and you will not need a meter to tell you that the air is heavily polluted.

Monday, 17 October, 2011, 12:00am

Ailment may have led to fireman's death

An underlying heart condition might have tricked a fireman fighting a blaze into thinking his breathing apparatus had run out of air and that he needed to lift his mask to breathe - a mistake that killed him, a pathologist said yesterday.

11 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

My family was the driving force for recovery, says injured fireman

Veteran firefighter Chin Kwok-ming, critically injured in a blaze that killed another fireman last week, said yesterday that thoughts of his family helped him pull through as he lay semi-conscious in hospital.

'At that moment, I thought of my family and I completely relied on this driving force to support myself,' he said before being discharged from Yan Chai Hospital.

31 May 2007 - 12:00am

'It's the nightmare of all firemen'

Flashovers - in which accumulated vapour in an enclosed burning area suddenly ignites with searing heat well above 500 degrees Celsius, creating strong pressure - are one of the greatest perils firefighters face.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Safety review in wake of fatal fire

Urgent inquiry ordered into Tsuen Wan blaze that claimed firefighter's life

The fire services chief yesterday ordered an urgent review of safety procedures after a pre-dawn blaze ripped through a factory in Tsuen Wan, killing a fireman and injuring nine people, including six other firemen - one critically.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Firm gets world-beating results from enhanced manufacturing process

Growing international concern for the environment is leading many companies to step up research into new methods to minimise their environmental impact and seek 'green' credentials.

More than 9,000 tonnes of waste is dumped into landfills every day in Hong Kong and, at this rate, Hong Kong's three landfills will be filled by 2016.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

You need kung fu to survive among selfish drivers

Compared to those in many cities, Hong Kong drivers tend to be somewhat aggressive. Far too few are courteous in traffic. Instead of driving in a considerate and orderly manner, the majority of drivers go out of their way to get just that little way ahead by butting in. I often let people in and feel let down when most people do not acknowledge this courtesy with a wave of the hand.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am



Pearl, 9.30pm

The smoke hangs in the air like lead. Inside the tenement house, the air is stifling. The fire crawls along the ceiling, consuming the last thin breath of oxygen, then dies, retreats into the walls. And waits. Heat and smoke and volatile gases swirl, waiting for a sudden gulp of air, waiting for a backdraft.

18 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

China pollution peril

POLLUTION from power stations in China threatens to set back improvements in Hong Kong air quality by 20 years, the Environmental Protection Department said yesterday.

Outlining environmental threats from across the border, department Director Dr Stuart Reed said a large plant proposed for Shenzhen should have special equipment installed to reduce emissions.

15 Nov 1995 - 12:00am