Environment

Reclamation is one option

Reclamation provided land supply for the new town of Ma On Shan

Reclamation has been a major source of land in Hong Kong. New towns such as Sha Tin, Ma On Shan and Tai Po illustrate this. About 500 to 700 hectares of land was formed by reclamation every five years from 1985 to 2004. Following the Court of Final Appeal's ruling in 2004, the government has been very cautious about reclamation, with 84 hectares formed from 2005 to 2009 and just 5 hectares from 2010 to 2012.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:14am 1 comment

Dealing with Hong Kong's food waste

Food is sorted and placed into a machine that makes compost. Photos: Warton Li, May Tse

It's telling that when a district scheme to recycle food waste succeeds beyond expectations, the organisers still struggle with excess.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:13am

Environmental experts say China's new leadership has to tackle pollution

Smog is an all too familiar sight in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Lingering smog, dead pigs floating down waterways and rivers turned red and white - the mainland's new leadership was ushered in a month ago amid dreadful scenes in stark contrast to the "blue sky and clear water" pledged in their vision of a beautiful China.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Beijing only 17th most polluted city, ministry says

Beijing was the ninth most polluted city in January.

Beijing has a serious air pollution problem, but officially it was not even among the 10 most polluted mainland cities in the first three months of this year.

According to a study of 74 cities by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Beijing improved from ninth dirtiest city in January to 17th smoggiest last month.

20 Apr 2013 - 4:47am

Urban planners must do more to give us some breathing space

Urban planning can play an important role in reducing roadside air pollution. Photo: Bloomberg

While recent proposals by the Environment Bureau to control vehicles' exhaust fumes have received much attention, it is also worth highlighting the role urban planning can play in reducing roadside air pollution. The "street canyon effect" can be reduced by improving ventilation, cutting vehicle use, reducing pedestrian exposure and mitigating pollutants.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 1 comment

In Hong Kong, political will is the key to clean air

Hong Kong skyline on the third day of what the government has described as 'dangerous' levels of air pollution. Photo: EPA

We could do without the air pollution we have suffered this week, but it does serve to remind the administration of the declaration by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying that the quality of the air we breathe is a core livelihood issue. Roadside readings in Central on Monday were so bad that everyone was advised to steer clear of areas with heavy traffic - not just those with breathing or heart problems. The last two days have brought no relief.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 4 comments

Development pressure on Mai Po reserve shows need for action

Development pressure on Mai Po reserve shows need for action

Here in our backyard, the areas of Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay, a tiny nature reserve squeezed between two of Asia's most densely populated cities, forms a critical link in this winged migration, a biological process that repeats itself every year.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am 5 comments

Target clunkers first, advises green group

A hazy sky is seen at Mid-Levels as the Air Pollution Index in Central went over 152. Photo: David Wong

Environment officials should focus on replacing the city's oldest and most polluting vehicles first to make the best use of their resources, a green group said.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:55am

Letters to the Editor, April 15, 2013

Green features at the HKU campus. Photo: SCMP

I am a regular visitor from the UK, although I lived in Hong Kong for many years before going back. I am delighted to see more attention given to environmental issues such as energy conservation, reduction of noise, air and water pollution, and the design and construction of sustainable and green buildings.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:33am

Greenhouse gases making China hotter, scientists say

A power plant as the sun sets in Beijing. China is feeling the man-made heat of global warming. Photo: EPA

China is feeling the man-made heat of global warming. That’s the conclusion drawn by scientists looking at the burning of fossil fuels and one country’s rise in daily temperature spikes.

The Asian nation is the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide. It emits more of the greenhouse gas than the US and India, the next two biggest carbon polluters, combined.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:27pm 1 comment

Confront NT land rights to preserve coastline

Reclamation provided land for the airport. Photo: SCMP

The Society for Protection of the Harbour completely agrees with your editorial, "Reclamation must be a last resort" (April 8), as a means of providing land for housing development.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 1 comment

Air quality in Beijing second worst out of 31 mainland cities

A couple embrace in smoggy Tianjin, which has slipped nine places in an annual air quality report. Photo: AFP

Air quality seriously deteriorated in some major metropolises on the mainland last year, but there were surprising improvements in a few cities, said an environmental report released in Beijing yesterday. Beijing's air was the second-most polluted last year among 31 municipal and provincial capital cities ranked by Friends of Nature, a major non-governmental organisation, in its annual Green Book of Environment.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:42am 5 comments

Dongchuan district chief vows to investigate ‘milk river’ pollution

A villager carries buckets of water to be used for drinking from a white polluted stream in Dongchuan district of Kunming, Yunnan province. Photo: Reuters

Kunming authorities vowed to launch an inquiry into water pollution after an environment official’s endorsement of a “milk river” came under fire.

“We acknowledge our faults. [The water pollution] was due to waste water discharge. We will address the problems and amend our conduct,” said Dongchuan district head Lu Ping, referring to a stream in his jurisdiction in Yunnan province.

10 Apr 2013 - 7:03pm

Pollution devastates rural areas, threatens farmland

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

Zhuang Guotai, the Ministry of Environmental Protection's director of nature and ecology conservation, said the accumulation of fertiliser, pesticides and animal waste - as well governments' neglect of sewage treatment - threatened the country's vital agricultural land.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:25am

Fresh thinking needed to win air pollution battle

Fresh thinking needed to win air pollution battle

When Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing unveiled the government's plan to improve Hong Kong's air recently, he was joined by representatives from three other bureaus - transport and housing; development; and food and health. The attendance of these other officials was unprecedented and signalled the government's intention to respond to calls for the departments to work together to tackle air pollution.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 4 comments