Environmental Engineering

Corrections & clarifications

Judith Waldron's letter ('Too early to say that spill is not toxic', August 10) said, incorrectly, that plastic particles at sea absorb persistent organic pollutants onto their surfaces. It should have said the particles adsorb these pollutants.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:30pm

Act now on air pollution too

When the government announced on Thursday that the chief executive will break with tradition and deliver his first policy address in January instead of October, we trust Leung Chun-ying looked out of his window and reflected on the view from Government House - or what you could see of it.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

A natural disaster made worse by underfunding

Is it natural disaster or man-made misfortune? A heavy rainstorm which started on Saturday afternoon and lasted until the small hours of Sunday morning has turned much of Beijing into a giant swimming pool, leaving 37 people dead and causing widespread chaos.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


No one wants to have incinerators

Incineration to get rid of solid rubbish cannot promote sustainable development in Hong Kong. Sustainable development means having economic growth to meet the needs of people while also having a good environment, not just now, but also in the future.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Waste incinerator is inevitable, says Edward Yau

A plan to build a HK$15 billion waste incinerator may be unpopular, but the next chief executive will see it is necessary, the environment chief said yesterday.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Lamma Island prepares to clean up its act

Lamma Island's primitive septic tanks will soon be flushed away by a modern centralised sewage system the government says will improve hygiene and the marine ecology.

The HK$420 million Drainage Services Department project is expected to benefit 5,000 island residents. Construction started in 2010 and the first stage of the system is expected to come into use next year.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

New town going down the tubes

This time last year, they were busy preparing for Lunar New Year - steaming turnip cakes and getting ready for a big village dinner with family and neighbours. But this year, Choi Yuen Tsuen villagers will be spending the new year in flimsy temporary housing with a botched sewage system that leaks and overflows.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

From rubbish tip to Top of the world

A green project on the mainland won an international architectural prize on the first day of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday.

The Sanlihe Greenway in Qianan city, Hebei province, designed by a Beijing-based architecture firm, was named World Landscape Project of the Year.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Swire does its best to minimise disruption to community from construction sites

We are sorry to hear about the frustrations experienced by Chris Knop ('Keep the peace and make Saturday a respite from city's construction noise', October 12) as a result of works at our Mid-Levels construction sites, and would like to respond to the issues raised in his letter.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sharp decline in quality of sea water

Hot weather, heavy rainfall, pollution from the Pearl River and other unknown causes have been blamed for one of the worst declines in the quality of marine water last year.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Time to 'clean up' environment report

It has become a yearly ritual for the mainland authorities to mark World Environment Day on June 5 with a 'State of the Environment' report. But the annual report, which is supposed to track the health of the country's environment and offer an in-depth analysis of trends in environmental protection, has come under growing attack in recent years.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Historic rating for unique toilet

Antiquities advisers have acted against the government's plan to demolish and seal off the entrance to an old underground toilet in Central by giving it a grade-two historic rating.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Out of sight, but peace of mind

The last thing you want is your kitchen looking like a laboratory, with ugly water filtration systems blighting the bench top and taking up valuable space.

One solution is to hide it under the counter with a reverse osmosis system.

The procedure works by separating contaminants, forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Dirtier harbour defies logic with treatment in place, expert says

Few people in Hong Kong know more about waste water treatment than Professor Joseph Lee Hun-wei. Yet the respected expert confessed yesterday that he was as baffled by the sudden surge in bacteria levels at the centre of Victoria Harbour as the public - particularly given the city opened a new disinfection centre just last year that reduced the amount of sewage released into the harbour.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Green roofs can make city so cool

Escaping to the soothing surrounds of nature is becoming a rare treat for hard-pressed city dwellers. Ironically, Hong Kong's concrete jungle makes it possible to return to nature. Green roofs on the city's skyscrapers are sprouting in increasing numbers as environmental concerns take root.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am