Engineering

Plug and play

Bose Corp's Companion 5 multimedia speaker system offers surround-sound-like audio when you play games or watch video on your personal computer. It's not cheap, at about HK$4,500, but the price seems appropriate, based on the sleek design and performance.

Sunday, 1 July, 2007, 12:00am

Battling the heatwave seems futile

Recent warnings about the effect of urbanisation in Hong Kong on global warming centred mostly on skyscrapers, with Hong Kong Observatory director Lam Chiu-ying pointing out that these buildings absorb daytime heat and then 'respire' at night causing hotter nights.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Bad news outweighs the good as 'environmental deficit' grows

Electricity consumption, pollution and waste-generation have surged since the handover, contributing to Hong Kong's growing 'environmental deficit', Friends of the Earth says.

Though harbour water was cleaner and the rate of recycling had increased dramatically, the good news was outweighed by the bad, the environmental group said.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Viewpoint

'Brighter is not necessarily better. If the problem continues, there will be no more starry sky in Hong Kong'

- Friends of the Earth environmental affairs manager Hahn Chu Hon-keung

'The light show which the city is so proud of is a waste of energy'

- Lin Hsien-te, professor of architecture at Taiwan National Cheng Kung University

5 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Vow for green action ahead of G8 summit

Beijing has resolved to meet strict energy efficiency and pollution-reduction goals in a work plan published yesterday, two days before President Hu Jintao attends a meeting of Group of Eight leaders in Germany at which global warming will feature prominently.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Totally wired

We all want to live in hi-tech homes, surrounded by the comforts that the most up-to-date gadgets can bring. Sound systems, huge flat-screen TVs, elaborate home computer set-ups and bulky air conditioners and dehumidifiers may enhance our lives, but such conveniences come at a price: ugly spaghetti junctions of wiring, switches and electrical sockets.

18 May 2007 - 12:00am

Integrate to educate

Few people would disagree that building Hong Kong into a 'regional education hub' makes eminent business sense. With the mainland economy continuing to charge forward, China's hungry companies are woefully short of trained professionals in management, business, legal, accounting and financial services to fill their corporate ladders.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Wasteful families leave on TVs and lights

Nearly half of households waste electricity by leaving their televisions on with no one watching, a Friends of the Earth survey has found.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Clearing the air

A pollution alert system that could see people working from home when the air is particularly bad is one of the proposals in the first public consultation paper on tackling the problem. Is this the way forward? Write to us

29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Train fire 'random, isolated event'

The fire in a West Rail train two months ago was 'a random event of an isolated nature' and proper safety measures have been taken since then, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation said yesterday.

It said the fire in a transformer on the train's roof had been caused by a combination of a hidden insulation flaw and lightning that triggered a power surge.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Letters

Religion and pollution

Air pollution and religion have been recent discussion topics in these pages, but shouldn't we consider the link between them? How much do religious activities contribute to air pollution?

12 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Industrial parks help cut pollution

In Frederic Gourdin's opinion, having 60 to 70 pollution-spewing factories in one place is about as clean as industry can get.

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Feeble action ruins clean goals

The central government has drafted many new laws and regulations aimed at limiting the environmental downside of its booming economy and industrial growth. However, enforcement of those rules remains weak, making most of the government's efforts ineffective.

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Pollution in the boardroom

The mainland is becoming as famous for its environmental problems as the economic growth that creates them. In this series, South China Morning Post senior reporter Cameron Dueck examines how companies are having to consider how environmental issues affect their core businesses

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Building blocks for a cleaner environment

One of the attractions of complying with best practice to make a building environmentally friendly is that it does not take too long to get a financial and social return on the investment. It may be incremental rather than spectacular in terms of saving energy costs and cutting pollution. But in the end it can make a difference to the environment.

28 Mar 2007 - 12:00am