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Letters to the Editor, April 7, 2013

Sydney has anti-light-pollution regulations. Photo: Bloomberg

The global factory farming industry means that millions of animals are raised for food in what can only be described as inhumane conditions. Similarly, the fur industry has a brutal track record and it prefers to keep consumers uninformed about how that divinely soft pelt on a designer coat, or the fluffy fur trim on a new jacket, was manufactured.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 1:42am 3 comments

Voluntary phasing out of incandescent light bulbs insufficient

Compact fluorescent lamps and LEDs use less energy than an incandescent bulb. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

In our continued attempt to reduce our city's energy consumption, Hong Kong's environment minister Wong Kam-sing said last month that the government is moving forward on the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

Letters to the Editor, March 31, 2013

Nothing wrong with wearing fur coats. Photo: SCMP

A study by the University of Hong Kong has revealed how serious a problem light pollution has become in Hong Kong. The worst reading taken by the survey team at the Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui was "1,200 times the International Astronomical Union standard".

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2013

It is time to stop keeping birds as pets in cages. Photo: Xinhua

The superb award-winning film Amour now showing here made me think of two things. First, that life for too many of Hong Kong's elderly is no bed of roses because, despite being one of the richest places in Asia, the government here is not doing enough to care properly for its aged and ageing population.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 13 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 17, 2013

Malaysian soldiers patrol Sabah, on Borneo. Photo: EPA

Parallel-goods trading is a controversial topic and a practice condemned by many people. However, I think it is beneficial to Hong Kong to some extent.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 1 comment


Fears over mercury risk unfounded

I refer to the letter from Lam Wai-leung ('Incandescent bulb ban is a bad idea', September 15).

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Disneyland lights up for an energy-efficient future

Hong Kong Disneyland plans to phase out energy-wasting and non-environmental lighting fixtures.

Workers have completed a three-month project to replace 9,000 incandescent light bulbs on the rooftops of the theme park's two hotels.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


No exemptions in consumer law

The aim of expanding the consumer protection law is to penalise businesses that mislead or unfairly treat people.

One issue is whether professions such as doctors and lawyers should be excluded from the expanded law.

12 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Bulb workers must be given every protection

The West's rush for energy-efficient light bulbs may well be helping the environment in the developed world, but it is having dire consequences for the Chinese involved in their production. Poor conditions at mines and in cost-cutting factories is exposing workers to life-threatening health risks.

25 May 2010 - 12:00am

Looking to the future

Compact fluorescent light bulbs use only 20 to 30 per cent of the energy required for a normal incandescent light bulb.

They are more expensive, but on the plus side they last a lot longer. In ideal circumstances, a CFL can last up to 15 times longer than a normal light bulb.

In reality, though, this is seldom the case.

23 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Bad time for university to use light bulb, now a less inspiring symbol

The light bulb may be a universal visual metaphor for an inspired idea, which is probably why Polytechnic University came up with this latest advertisement (pictured) to promote its business faculty and graduate studies. But it couldn't have picked a more unfortunate time. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you see an energy-saving light bulb?

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am


Democrats must not interfere in Macau affairs

I fail to see why the 'democrats' cannot understand why some of their number have not been allowed entry to Macau.

These people made known that the reason for their planned visit to Macau was specifically to stage protests against certain security laws.

30 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


How can light pollution be reduced?

19 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Feeling guilty about lighting up your home? There are now some stylish green options available!

This Christmas the Swedish international furniture and interior retailer Ikea has launched its Glansa Eco-lights, a super-energy-efficient alternative that uses LED (Light-Emitting Diode) technology instead of the usual energy-saving CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light).

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Environment is friendlier thanks to consumer demand

Environmentally friendly products are becoming more popular with consumers and manufacturers, says Andrew Thomson, chief executive of the Business Environment Council. 'Consumers are increasingly asking for green products, driving retailers to demand these products from manufacturers. That's good news for the council and the environment,' he said.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am