Fireworks send Shanghai pollution levels soaring again

New Year firework displays in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

Haze and more Spring Festival firework celebrations pushed Shanghai air pollution levels to new highs early on Thursday.

Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 12:21pm

Capital ordered to clear the air for NPC and CPPCC meetings

Smog envelops the Henan capital, Zhengzhou. Photo: AFP

The level of pollution in Beijing is deemed so bad that the central government has been pressuring the municipal government to ensure the smog will not return during the meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference next month, an environmental source says.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:01pm 3 comments

Time to set targets on green buildings

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing is leading an interdepartmental steering committee to provide guidance for green building standards. Photo: Sam Tsang

It's no secret that Hong Kong's buildings are the primary source for energy and greenhouse-gas emissions, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that green buildings are the key to radical transformation of that statistic.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am

Beijing ranks ninth among China's top 10 polluted cities

A traffic policeman endures heavy pollution in Bazhou City in northern China's Hebei Province. Photo: Xinhua

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection released on Thursday a list of the top 10 most heavily polluted cities in the country for the month of January, with Beijing coming in at ninth.

7 Feb 2013 - 9:23pm 1 comment

The greater the air pollution, the smaller the baby, study finds

The research was the most extensive of its kind on the link between air pollution and fetal development. Photo: AFP

Pregnant women increase the risk of having a low-birth-weight baby when they breathe in air pollution from vehicles, heating and coal power plants, an international study has concluded.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:17am

Carbon monoxide poisoning kills 10 in Beijing

A worker moves coal briquettes onto a pedicab at a coal distribution business in Huaibei, Anhui province on January 30, 2013. Photo: AFP

At least 10 people died in Beijing this week from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, state media reported on Wednesday.

7 Feb 2013 - 1:40am

In air pollution fight, China may start by tackling soot

A Chinese tourist takes photos of the Forbidden City from the historic Jingshan Park as smog continues to shroud Beijing. Photo: AFP

The scale of air pollution in China is, well, breathtaking. It is not only the intensity, but the pace and scale of deterioration in air quality over the past decade. And the problem has global implications even though the immediate challenges are coughs and worse.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:38am 1 comment

Clean air to breathe is a human right, too

Outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao addressed Beijing's air pollution problem only in passing when soliciting views on his last government work report. Photo: Xinhua

After days of being shrouded in heavy smog, Beijing residents woke up on Friday to spectacular blue skies.

But they had the heavenly Lord rather than "Grandpa Wen" (the nickname of Premier Wen Jiabao ) to thank for the respite after strong winds overnight blew away the pollutants.

4 Feb 2013 - 5:09am 6 comments

Blanket coverage for a lung-burning issue

Severe pollution clouds the Beijing skyline. Photo: AFP

China’s new rich are fond of saying “nothing is a problem if money can solve it”. But over the past week, nearly everyone in China realised there are things in the country that not even the rich can buy. Clean air was one of them. The recent air pollution reached such a horrifying level that brown clouds were actually observed over the country from space.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:41am

Month's reprieve for campaign to save Lung Mei beach

Lung Mei, a marine life haven

Environment officials have extended the deadline for campaigners against a man-made beach project in Tai Po to submit evidence to back up their claims that precious marine life would be put at risk.

The protesters are fighting to stop Lung Mei beach from being bulldozed and a 200-metre-long artificial seaside with room for 4,000 swimmers put in its place.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:03am

Green concerns need to be part of development from the start

Green concerns need to be part of development from the start

The main aim of environmental protection is to protect human beings by ensuring the health and integrity of the natural environment that surrounds us and sustains us.

2 Feb 2013 - 2:48am 3 comments

40pc less waste collected from coastal areas

Glass waste topped the list of coastal rubbish that volunteers collected across 43 locations - among which unmanaged beaches in Tuen Mun and Lantau were found to be the dirtiest.

1 Feb 2013 - 4:09am

Nigerian farmers lose key Shell case at The Hague

A fisherman shows his meagre catch from a Nigerian creek. Photo: EPA

A Dutch court rejected a bid by Nigerian farmers to hold Shell responsible for oil damage to their villages, in a case that environmental groups had hoped would set a precedent for global corporate responsibility.

31 Jan 2013 - 6:55am

Pollution remains at hazardous levels in Beijing

Smog clouds the horizon in a panorama view of Tiananmen Square in Beijing yesterday. Smog is still dense in the capital. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing warned the city's 20 million people to prepare for at least another day of smog and officials closed some factories and ordered government cars off the road as pollution remained at hazardous levels.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:22am 2 comments

China burning as much coal as rest of world combined

Figures released by the US government show how quickly China's coal consumption rates have risen over the past decade.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:32pm 1 comment