Home but nobody's

Leslie Lau from Modern Terminals. Photo: Nora Tam

By swapping fluorescent lights in staircases and common areas for a more energy efficient model, annual carbon emission from City One in Sha Tin would be cut by 850 tonnes.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 10:13am

Beijing must make fighting pollution its priority

Smog shrouds streets and buildings in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Market observers were quick to draw a connection between Beijing's announcement of record spending and a prompt surge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a new peak. That shows how much the global economy looks to China for growth amid Europe's debt woes and a weak recovery in the US. 

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am 1 comment

Chance to host Formula E electric car race missed as pollution soars

The haze yesterday, as the air pollution index soared to over 200 in Causeway Bay. Photo: Felix Wong

Formula E Holdings, promoter of the Formula E Championship, also made public its preliminary list of eight cities selected to host races next year - omitting Hong Kong.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:29pm 10 comments

Dust storms and smog revisit the streets of Beijing

Pedestrians shield their mouths as sand, dust and dry winds sweep Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Few words could better describe the weather in Beijing yesterday than the Chinese idiom "flying sand and rolling pebbles" as the capital city was gripped by its second smog-choked dust storm in less than 10 days.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Causeway Bay API soars above WHO safety guidelines

A man with masks on a street in Causeway Bay to avoid air pollution. Photo: Dickson Lee

Environment officials came under pressure to cut vehicle emissions after dangerous pollution levels were recorded in one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts yesterday.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:11am

Whale found in Andalusia with 17kg of plastic in stomach

A scientist amid plastic sheets found inside whale. Photo: AFP

The whale, washed up last year on a beach in Andalusia, had over 17kg of garbage blocking its stomach, including 30 square metres of plastic sheeting, said Renaud de Stephanis, a marine biologist at the Donana Biological Station, run by the Spanish National Research Council.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:31am

I'll swim in moat to show it's not polluted, says Shaoxing mayor

A boat sails past snow-covered residences alongside an intracity waterway in Shaoxing, east China's Zhejiang Province. Photo: Xinhua

Last month, local residents of the coastal Zhejiang province said on microblogging website they would offer environmental officials as much as 300,000 yuan if they swam in polluted rivers. Shaoxing mayor Qian Jianmin’s pledge to swim in the city’s moat appears to be the first firm response to the challenge.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:32pm 1 comment

Judge officials on health, environment too: expert

Dr Zhong Nanshan

Speaking on the sideline of the annual session of the National People's Congress, Zhong said smog was the major cause of respiratory diseases and led to lung cancer and illnesses affecting the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

John Tsang Chun-wah, Financial Secretary. Photo: Edward Wong

On Financial Secretary John Tsang's claim that he is middle class, the government's plan for a new citywide clean-up campaign, and Beijing's air pollution problems.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Capturing the full ugliness of a one-size-fits-all approach

Deng Xiaoping

We await with interest to discover the most popular brand of waste to be found on Hong Kong's beaches. This wheeze was dreamt up by Designing Hong Kong and follows a three-month exercise in which volunteers collected and sorted waste found on beaches by brand label. The winner will be announced by Living Lamma and Designing Hong Kong this morning.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:26am 1 comment

Namibian greens, tour firms say filming of Mad Max damaged desert

A scene from Mad Max filmed in Namibia. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Namibian environmental groups and tourism companies expressed fury about a film crew's alleged destruction of sensitive areas in the world's oldest desert while shooting Mad Max: Fury Road.

"They added tracks in untouched areas," tour operator Tommy Collard said from Swakopmund.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:13am

Students eat green to save the planet

Hongkongers are the biggest meat-eaters in the world, according to a group that is trying to change all that for the good of the planet by offering schoolchildren a vegetarian lunch once a week.

Green Monday says the suppliers of lunch boxes to 350,000 children - 90 per cent of those who eat at school - have agreed to offer a meat-less option on Mondays from next month.

5 Mar 2013 - 3:50am

Beijing air pollution soars off index as dust storm brews in west

Beijing is shrouded in smog on Thursday morning. Photo: Simon Song

Updated: Severe haze is expected to be compounded by a dust storm brewing in northern China, which has already affected parts of Inner Mongolia, Gansu and Hebei.

28 Feb 2013 - 11:51pm 4 comments

Eco-friendly Japanese demolition scheme slashes dust and noise

Now you see it, now you don't in Tokyo's Akasaka district. Photos: TAISEI CORPORATION/SEIBU PROPERTIES

Passers-by in Tokyo's busy Akasaka district have started to notice something odd about a 40-floor hotel - it has shrunk to about half its original height. Slowly but surely, and with none of the explosions or dust normally associated with the demolition of skyscrapers, the hotel is being torn down.

1 Mar 2013 - 12:12pm

Villager assaulted after challenging official to swim in polluted river

Online photo shows scratches and bruises on Chen Yuqian's face. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Pailian villager Chen Yuqian, 60, made the offer last Wednesday so the official could aware how polluted the river was. But instead, Chen Yuqian was roughed up by over 40 villagers on Sunday morning, his daughter Chen Xiufang revealed on microblog Sina Weibo.

26 Feb 2013 - 5:25pm