Environment

Air quality 'not that bad' near Tuen Mun site

Air quality 'not that bad' near Tuen Mun site

Air quality readings at a proposed reclamation site in Tuen Mun indicate it is "not that bad" for housing despite being surrounded by polluting industries, the government says.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 3:57am

Beijing has 'relatively poor air quality' says environmental chief as air pollutants soar 30pc

Artist Matt Hope, wearing a helmet linked to his air filtration bike, rides past the China Central Television (CCTV) building on a hazy day in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Beijing's top environment official described the city's air quality as 'relatively poor' on Tuesday as statistics emerged revealing the level of major air pollutants in the city had soared by 30 per cent this year.

3 Apr 2013 - 1:03pm

By tackling light pollution, our city can transform itself

Giant illuminated billboards and electric signboards in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

The dimming of Hong Kong's skyline for an hour one Saturday night late last month was a rehearsal of how it could truly be a "world city" in Asia. If Hong Kong is to have a future that we are all proud of, sustainability must shine through darkness, not flashy neon and LED lights.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am

Cradle of Communist Party at centre of dead pig fiasco

Workers scour a Jiaxing river for dead pigs last month. Photo: AP

For decades, the river-laced city of Jiaxing in northern Zhejiang province has prided itself as the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party. Now the party's cradle has acquired another, far less auspicious distinction: the origin of some 20,000 pig carcasses retrieved from Shanghai's Huangpu River and other waterways stretching to the coast.

7 May 2013 - 4:25pm

Deforestation to blame for Beijing's pollution

Deforestation to blame for Beijing's pollution

Surrounded by hills and plains, close to the Mongolian Plateau, Beijing suffers from extremes of temperature. Every year after the harsh, cold winter, the sandstorm from the Gobi desert invades the city as spring approaches. The entire city is covered in dust and turns grey, colouring human life.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am

Exxon Mobil pipeline leaks 'thousands of barrels' of Canadian oil in Arkansas

The Keystone Oil Pipeline under construction in North Dakota. The US State Department is considering the fate of the 800,000 bpd pipeline, which would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands to the Gulf Coast. Photo: Reuters

Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon, the company said in a statement.

31 Mar 2013 - 2:44pm

US Navy ship removed from Philippines reef

The midsection of USS Guardian is lifted from the reef. Photo: EPA

The stern of the USS Guardian was lifted off the Tubbataha Reef after the 68-metre vessel was sliced into portions for easier removal, Philippine Coast Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Greanata Jude said.

31 Mar 2013 - 7:25am

Book review: The Devouring Dragon, by Craig Simons

A coal-burning power plant near Zhengzhou, Henan province, illustrates the environmental dangers posed by the mainland's rapid growth. Photo: Reuters

Back at the dawn of the 19th century British scholar Thomas Malthus sensed mankind's future: the "power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race," he said.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:21pm

Officials in Lanzhou say bodies floating in river not affecting water quality

A worker on a boat clears garbage from the Yellow River in Lanzhou in northwest China's Gansu province. Photo: AP

Between 2008 and 2012 police extracted 417 bodies from the Yellow River, which runs through the region, Lanzhou authorities told the China News Service on Thursday.

29 Mar 2013 - 1:53pm

China's famous 'river pigs' close to extinction: WWF

File picture of finless porpoise. Photo: Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society

China’s wild finless porpoises are heading toward extinction, the World Wildlife Foundation said, with the dolphin-like animals now rarer than the giant panda.

30 Mar 2013 - 1:12am

Light pollution part of greater problems facing our planet

Light pollution part of greater problems facing our planet

Thanks to fellow physicist Jason Pun Chun-shing and his quantitative assessment, we now know that Hong Kong is not just a world-class light polluter, but the world leader ("Light pollution in HK 'worst on the planet'", March 20).

29 Mar 2013 - 3:18am

Over 1,000 deads ducks found in Sichuan river

Over 1,000 deads ducks found in Sichuan river

The decomposed bodies of more than a thousand ducks have been found on a river in Pengshan county, Sichuan, following the dumping of more than 10,000 pigs in the Huangpu River in Shanghai earlier this month.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

Hong Kong dims as it embraces Earth Hour

Hong Kong Island seen from Tsim Sha Tsui before city lights were turned off. Photo: David Wong

For the fifth year in a row, Hong Kong's famous skyline dimmed last night as residents embraced the green mantra of Earth Hour. But for one university professor who specialises in sustainable development, it was a chance to protest against what he called a gimmick that did more harm than good.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am 3 comments

UN's top weatherman visits Hong Kong Observatory

David Grimes signs for students in TST. Photo: Edward Wong

"Most people are unhappy not about bad weather disrupting their time at work, but their time at play," said David Grimes, president of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), who is in Hong Kong for celebrations marking the 130th anniversary of its Observatory.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am

Book review: What has Nature Ever Done for Us?, by Tony Juniper

Book review: What has Nature Ever Done for Us?, by Tony Juniper

Just in case we might have forgotten about the relentlessly draining impact of seven billion humans on the earth's life-support system, this impassioned book reminds us of the key elements in that dismal story.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:44pm