Environmental Economics

400 plants and animals added to ‘threatened’ list

Greenpeace divers off the coast of the Andaman and Nicobar islands send a message to the Indian government that they must protect the oceans and the communities whose livelihoods are dependent of the fruits of the seas. Photo: EPA

An island-dwelling cockroach and a tiny snail were declared extinct on Wednesday while 400 plants and animals were added to a threatened “Red List” as global environment ministers met in India.

Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 9:47pm

Environmental assessment for third runway inadequate

Without assessing the social costs of the [proposed] third runway project, Hong Kong Airport Authority swiftly submitted a project profile to the Environmental Protection Department in late June so it could embark on an environmental impact assessment.

13 Aug 2012 - 9:57am

Peak oil nuts may be right, but for all the wrong reasons

I've never had much time for the peak oil prophets of doom. To me they always seemed first cousins to the kind of people who hide out in log cabins in the back hills of Montana surrounded by plentiful stocks of canned food and shotgun cartridges, waiting for the collapse of civilisation.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Plugged into future of power

Amid calls from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other groups for 2050 greenhouse gas emissions to be 80 per cent below 2005 levels, it is little wonder that clean technology has become such a hot career prospect for engineers.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Environmentalist warns of oil-crunch crisis

Companies and governments are hoarding oil and coal and risking creating a 'carbon-asset bubble' - which when it bursts will destabilise economies worldwide on the same scale as the global financial crisis.

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Plan for third runway won't fly without fuel

If a third runway is added to Hong Kong International Airport, it would not be fully operational until the 2020s. The Airport Authority argues that it is necessary, based on projections of rising demand for air travel.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Impact assessment in need of review

Striking a balance between the needs for development and environmental protection is not easy. In a city where development is synonymous with progress, conservation has always been a difficult course to champion, until a law was put in place to mandate all projects to undergo green impact studies 13 years ago.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Green power

While we must wait to see if the government will challenge the High Court decision on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, there are other issues worthy of reflection. The Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance was crafted to balance environmental protection and development needs.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Little impact seen from Japan, Mideast crises

Japan's earthquake and instability in the Middle East should not cost Hong Kong more than HK$48.5 billion in lost exports this year - or the equivalent of about 1.6 per cent of total exports last year - the Trade Development Council said yesterday.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Plan to use more nuclear power will meet practical obstacles

I agree with William Yu Yuen-ping of WWF-Hong Kong ('Reduce consumption before buying more nuclear power', September 25). He advocated stronger polices to reduce consumption of energy as an effective way to reduce carbon emissions.

I also agree that the Hong Kong government lacks determination and vision by relying heavily on nuclear energy.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Resources firms advised to tread softly when buying abroad

Chinese mining and resources companies should adopt a low-key approach when looking to acquire overseas assets if they want to avoid inflaming nationalist sentiment, according to industry veteran Chip Goodyear, the former chief executive of BHP Billiton.

17 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Asia faces natural barriers as West's fortunes dim

Decades don't usually have the courtesy to begin and end on the right year. The social and cultural revolution that Western countries think of when they talk of the 'Sixties' only got underway in 1962-63, and didn't end until the Middle East war and oil embargo of 1973-74.

29 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

No new carbon goals

The environment chief has brushed aside a cross-party call by lawmakers to replace the city's 'pseudo' carbon reduction target with a real one, saying only that the government might review its climate strategy.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Department rejects wetland recommendation

The Justice Department has deemed 'inappropriate' a requirement that Li Ka-shing's flagship Cheung Kong (Holdings) take ultimate responsibility for a wetland development project undertaken by a subsidiary.

10 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Oil warning lights on as price surges

There are times when it is hard to understand the mysterious ways of markets, unless you see the players as hyper-reactive children with a short memory and little capacity for careful thought responding to the latest piece of gratification or denial.

3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am