Environmental Protection

Shipping lines say proposed EU emissions rules will hamper their operations

The EU wants carriers to report the total weight of fuel and cargo on each vessel. Photo: Reuters

Shipping lines are fighting a new environmental regulation that they said will not only lead to stringent control over their operations but will also pave the way for a carbon trading policy resembling the one that sparked controversy in the aviation sector.

Friday, 29 November, 2013, 1:13am

Premier Li Keqiang encourages private and foreign investment in 'green' industries

At present, foreign companies can only have limited stakes in clean-energy projects like wind farms. Photo: Xinhua

China will open its energy conservation and environment protection industries to foreign and private investment, state media reported Friday, quoting comments made by Premier Li Keqiang at a meeting in Beijing.

15 Nov 2013 - 2:53pm

Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

Investment in transport infrastructure improves a mainland mayor's chances of promotion, while spending on environmental improvements lowers them, a research paper using data between 2000 and 2009 has found.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:51am 1 comment

Hong Kong's very real plastic problem

Over 150 volunteers from the Hong Kong based NGO, Ecovision moved 217 full bags of plastic, plastic pellets and assorted marine trash off Big Wave Bay beach last year. Photo: EPA

We consume plastic like it's an infinite resource but it's not. Our everyday lives are covered in plastic - our foods, drinks, medicine, cars, clothes, furniture; the list is long, and growing. We've lost respect for plastic, a human engineering marvel that has become a huge problem.

18 Jun 2013 - 2:44pm

Genuinely 'green' bags are available

Picture of the people carries the plastic shopping bags in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Sam Tsang

There has been a lot of debate in Hong Kong about plastic bags versus the reusable variety.

I try to always take a reusable bag when I go shopping. People at bakeries and fast food outlets give me a look of curious interest when I do not take free plastic bags. At these places, they are still legal and supplied in large quantities.

13 Jun 2013 - 2:06am

Environmental 'fine' adds US$2.5m to cost of Sean Parker's Big Sur wedding

Redwoods provide a backdrop as Sean Parker weds Alexandra Lenas. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Facebook billionaire Sean Parker's US$10 million California wedding just got even more expensive.

The California Coastal Commission and Parker on Monday said they have reached a US$2.5 million settlement to pay for coastal conservation after the Napster co-founder was caught building a movie-set-like wedding site in a protected coastal area without proper permits.

5 Jun 2013 - 2:37am

Mother pays tribute to late son by greening the Inner Mongolia deserts

Yi Jiefang carries out her mission to plant trees across the Inner Mongolia deserts. Photo: SCMP

For the past decade, Yi Jiefang has been on a crusade to honour the wish of her deceased son - to plant the deserts of Inner Mongolia with trees. Now, with more than 1.1 million trees in the ground, the 65-year-old who has poured most of her savings into the cause says she must carry on, not just for the sake of her son but to raise awareness of the role of trees in protecting the environment.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:52am

Guangdong's greener future

Guangdong's greener future

Long China's leading economic region, Guangdong is at risk of being surpassed soon by Jiangsu . Stronger in innovation, Jiangsu has been growing faster. Yet, at the same time, parts of the Pearl River Delta are still going strong.

1 Jun 2013 - 1:36am

Government must insist on taking polluting vehicles off our roads

Lau Wai-kei, driver and owner of dump truck says the government should not introduce a blanket policy on phasing out old and polluting commercial diesel truck. Photo: Edward Wong

"I have been a lorry driver for my entire life and exposed to all sorts of fumes coming out of the exhaust. See how healthy I still am; I have no cancer or other health complaints. Show me the proof of how diesel exhaust fumes are causing cancer! Why are we being targeted?"

31 May 2013 - 5:35am 2 comments

New environmental team booed amid pollution woes

Zhou Shengxian

Balloting on the new line-up of the National People's Congress' environmental protection and resources conservation committee saw 850 opposition votes and 125 abstentions, about a third of the total votes.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:59am 2 comments

China's 80 billion disposable chopsticks a 'burden' on forests

Jilin Forest Industry's chief blames people's eating habits for the mass production of disposable chopsticks. Photo: AP

Bo Guangxin, chairman of state-owned timber firm Jilin Forest Industry, said at a meeting of the annual parliament session on Friday that the mass production of the wooden tableware is a heavy burden on national forests.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:41pm 1 comment

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

Beijing air quality plummets after Lantern Festival fireworks

The air quality in Beijing deteriorated on Sunday after fireworks were set off for Lantern Festival. Photo: EPA

Heavy smog blanketed most areas in Beijing and air pollution readings surged after enthusiastic residents set off fireworks to celebrate the annual Lantern Festival, Xinhua reported on Monday.

25 Feb 2013 - 12:23pm

Chinese officials launch 'green' ad to fight back against swimming challenge

A screen grab of the advertisement. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Haunted by media attention after local officials were challenged to swim in polluted rivers, Wenzhou authorities fought back with a 140,000 yuan advertisement campaign boasting of their environmental protection record, Beijing Times reported on Thursday.

21 Feb 2013 - 12:57pm

New offer made to another official to swim in polluted river

Photo of the polluted river user uploaded on Sina weibo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Two days after a Zhejiang entrepreneur offered a 200,000 yuan reward to an environmental official if he could swim in a polluted river, a similar offer was made in the same province, a local newspaper reported. 

20 Feb 2013 - 3:08pm