Environment

Friends of the Earth video

Friends of the Earth video

Friends of the Earth handout video attempting to identify which category of vehicle is the main contributor to the congestion and the worsening air pollution.

Monday, 11 May, 2015, 6:36pm

Models in masks highlight Indonesian environmental devastation

Models in masks highlight Indonesian environmental devastation

Wearing gas masks and designer dresses, models parade down a catwalk against a backdrop of polluted, rubbish-strewn paddy fields in central Indonesia, a colourful condemnation of the fashion industry's role in causing environmental devastation

1 Apr 2015 - 2:19pm

‘Hundreds of graves’ lying in Hong Kong's country parks and green belts

Burnt tree trunks are left after a hill fire struck Tai Lam Country Park, Yuen Long, in 2006. It is believed that grave sweepers during the Chung Yeung Festival failed to extinguish properly the joss sticks and hell notes they burned for the dead. Photo: Ricky Chung

Hundreds of ancestral burial grounds across the New Territories are encroaching on sensitive areas zoned for conservation and are threatening the environment, green groups say.

21 Jan 2014 - 6:30pm 1 comment

UN climate report will not sway US deniers, experts says

A  Massachusetts Water Resources Authority wind turbine in front of a 1951 megawatt fossil fuel power plant in Charlestown. The upcoming UN report on climate change is not likely to upset US deniers of global warming. Photo: Reuters

The upcoming UN report on climate change is not likely to rattle US deniers of global warming who hold sway in the halls of power, experts say.

A hefty analysis of the latest science on global climate change, the report is packed with recommendations for policymakers.

21 Sep 2013 - 6:33pm

Updated water quality standards needed for Hong Kong's beaches, says DAB

DAB lawmaker Christopher Chung Shu-kun Photo: Felix Wong

A pro-establishment political party is calling for the government to update the water quality standard for bathing beaches, after a poll they conducted found some swimmers suffered from illness following contact with the water.

20 Aug 2013 - 12:36pm 2 comments

Singapore air worsens as smoke billows in from Indonesia forest fires

Visitors take photos on an observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark overlooking the haze covered skyline of Singapore. Photo: Reuters

The Pollutant Standards Index reading at noon stood at 105, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) website. Any reading above 100 is categorised as unhealthy.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:11pm

Lung Mei beach plan fought on ecological grounds

Save Lung Mei Alliance members take their protest to the High Court yesterday. Construction is due to begin next week. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Ho Loy, a member of the Save Lung Mei Alliance, filed a notice with the High Court seeking a judicial review of the government's decision to allow the building of the Lung Mei beach on the grounds of a flawed environmental impact assessment.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am

Nicaraguan canal 'an environmental disaster'

Daniel Ortega and Wang Jing with the agreement. Photo: AP

A proposed Nicaraguan waterway rivalling the Panama Canal would cause an environmental disaster threatening drinking water supplies and fragile ecosystems, conservationists say.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am

Land Ministry to map the extent of soil contamination by heavy metals

Soil samples are collected from across the country for testing. Photo: Xinhua

The Ministry of Land and Resources is compiling a nationwide "pollution map" to gauge the level of heavy-metal contamination in soil due to human activities, according to Xinhua.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am 1 comment

Hong Kong can be recycling world leader

Empty bottles were abandoned outside a bar in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. The Government earlier this year announced a new levy on glass bottles as parts of a recycling scheme. Photo: Jonathan Wong

I agree with the sentiments expressed in your leader ("Time to stop talking rubbish", May 30) that serious action on Hong Kong's waste problem is long overdue. However, I must point out that the Environmental Protection Department's "blueprint" for doing so is far from convincing.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:12am 1 comment

China environment ministry accused of passing buck on project approvals

Pan Yue, Deputy minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Photo: Reuters

The environment ministry is planning to hand many of its approval powers over industrial projects to local governments, a move it says is aimed at reducing regulatory interference.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:52am 1 comment

Kunming to release environment report after protests over petrochemical plant

Kunming mayor Li Wenrong. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Kunming mayor Li Wenrong said the government will listen to comments and communicate with residents about their concerns over the project and repeated a pledge to cancel it if people do not want it, the official People’s Daily said.

3 Jun 2013 - 12:48pm

Carmakers exaggerating fuel efficiency, study shows

A new study suggests that the actual fuel consumption experienced by the average driver is typically 25 per cent higher than what is printed on the car’s sales sticker. Photo: Reuters

The gap has widened between the fuel-efficiency that carmakers declare for their models and the reality for drivers, with luxury German vehicles showing the biggest divergence, a study has found.

29 May 2013 - 12:38am

Letters to the Editor, May 28, 2013

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok. Photo: David Wong

Security chief should have apologised

I was extremely offended by Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok's suggestion that young girls drink less in order to prevent rape ("Security chief blasted for rape remark", May 16).

28 May 2013 - 1:20am 2 comments

Xi warns officials they'll be held responsible for pollution 'for life'

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: EPA

Government officials will be held responsible "for life" if they approve a project that causes serious pollution, President Xi Jinping said yesterday. An environmentalist said it was the toughest warning yet linking officials' political future to their stewardship of the environment.

25 May 2013 - 5:36am

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