Environment of Hong Kong

The good, the bad and the dirty

To many, Hong Kong has remained an economic miracle since the handover despite financial turmoil and rising affluence across the border. It has accumulated huge foreign reserves that are the envy of many nations.

Friday, 29 June, 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

Government should stop blaming mainland for the city's dreadful air

Hong Kong exists under the illusion it is a sophisticated city. Its historical relevance as a trading port and financial hub has faded.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

New great wall for butterflies

Rapid development on the mainland is stopping butterflies reaching Hong Kong, local experts say. In the case of one species, the milkweed butterfly, up to 45,000 would arrive each winter until 2002, but three years later there were fewer than 100.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Summer outside but winter inside

Hong Kong has forgotten all about the government's campaign to set air conditioners to 25.5 degrees Celsius.

A survey by Green Sense found more and more establishments were cranking their air conditioning to as low as 17 degrees.

'Refrigerator' malls and offices are back, causing long-term environmental damage and health problems, the green group warned.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Four new dragonfly species listed

Four new species of dragonfly have been added to the city's list, bringing the total to 116, according to a new Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department publication.

It makes Hong Kong home to more than a seventh of China's total of number of dragonfly species.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Private land could be included in country parks

Government advisers have given their cautious support to proposed changes to the 22-year-old rules for defining country parks that would make it clear that private land is not automatically excluded from a park.

But they warned that landowners would oppose the proposal because they would not want to forfeit their development rights.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Tsang promises new pollution rules this year

Hong Kong will have new air quality objectives ready this year, the chief executive has pledged - nearly a quarter of a century since the last figures were set.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Little beauties

When a gentle spring breeze sweeps over the green grassy fields, it's not hard to spot some amazing little butterflies in Hong Kong.

A tiny purple sapphire indulges in a relaxing sunbath on a cabbage leaf. A few Indian cabbage whites play hide-and-seek in a spring celebration, while a lady butterfly just lifts its abdomen and timidly rejects the advances of a courting male.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Proposed reclamation would be a betrayal of Hong Kong people

I refer to the report ('Unauthorised Sai Kung project touted in Japan', September 15) concerning a proposed large development next to Hoi Ha Wan marine park.

What is not obvious from maps and the developer's plans is that, firstly, this development will destroy one of the two main beaches at Hoi Ha.

18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Department defends staff after cyclist dies

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Most want more nature sites, poll finds

The city does not have enough sites dedicated to the appreciation of nature, according to 440 out of 710 people surveyed by a green group.

They told the Tai Po Environmental Association they wanted more nature sites to be set aside, and more guided tours to showcase the city's plants, insects, birds and geology.

19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Start-ups decline in Hong Kong, Shenzhen

Hong Kong and Shenzhen have seen a big drop in business start-ups due to the financial crisis, with the number of people engaged in early-stage entrepreneurial activities falling by more than a half, according to latest research.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Why economic recovery is a clouded prospect for HK

As silver linings go, it came with a mighty big cloud. Last year, just as the world's economy went into a tailspin following the implosion of United States investment bank Lehman Brothers, the skies over Hong Kong miraculously cleared.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Island work is for green project, says landowner

Unauthorised works on an island site were for a greening project to attract tourists and most parts complied with the law, the site's owner said yesterday.

But the owner admitted that some of the drainage work on Ma Shi Chau in Tolo Harbour might have encroached on government land and said they were willing to dismantle it to rectify the problem.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am