The government is planning to fit 1,400 older buses with devices that will cut their nitrogen oxide emissions by over 60 per cent.Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 4:12am
When it comes to noise, Hong Kong could give bedlam a run for its money. From ear-pounding pile-driver punishment and the impatient hum of snarled-up traffic to barking dogs and excitable late-night neighbours, the cheek-by-jowl city we call home just loves to make a racket.4 Jun 2013 - 1:04pm 1 comment
An unexpected last-minute surge in applications has prompted the Environmental Protection Department to seek more money for its replacement-grant scheme for old polluting diesel vehicles.10 May 2013 - 4:46am
The Environmental Protection Department plans to hire a consultant to look into the future of the facility. It will direct the consultant to study the incinerator's operation, and whether it needs to be downsized or relocated to other locations such as to a rock cavern or reclaimed land.3 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment
Roadside air pollution soared to dangerous levels in Hong Kong on Monday as the territory was affected by a continental air stream with high content of pollutants. At noon, air pollution indices taken at roadside monitoring stations hit a “severe” level of 204 in Mong Kok and Central, and reached 144 in Causeway Bay.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
During my tenure as museum director, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum averaged 35,000 paying visitors a year. This compares favourably with the paid visits to government museums and, indeed, with that of similar maritime museums abroad.24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 2 comments
It's always interesting and sometimes surprising to see what drives policy in Hong Kong. Take the story in yesterdays' SCMP about car dealers asking the government for more time to clear their stock of green vehicles before more stringent regulations are introduced.9 Jan 2013 - 3:38am
People will have to pay to have their rubbish dumped after the Hong Kong government finally took the next step in dealing with its mounting waste problem after years of delays.7 Dec 2012 - 2:36pm 4 comments
How interesting to read in yesterday's South China Morning Post the reason why the Health Department was unable to monitor and enforce the land-grant conditions of some non-profit making hospitals. These hospitals were supposed to set aside 20 per cent of their beds for the poor and needy but have not been doing so, as was revealed by the Director of Audit last month.5 Dec 2012 - 3:12am
We gather there has been some amusement in prosecution circles over the claim by outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos, in his recent annual review, that the prosecutors who have departed over the past year "were at or near retirement age".
The response from some observers has been: "Who's he trying to kid?"4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am
We have been talking for some months now about the interest on the part of Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos in becoming a judge. We see that the first shoe in that scenario dropped over the weekend with a government advertisement for a director of public prosecutions. This implies that Zervos has tended his resignation.30 Nov 2012 - 2:53am
Environment officials can do better job
The Environmental Protection Department's dogged intention to locate a massive off-shore waste incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau marked a low point in governance.
The decision was made for the wrong reasons, when there were more cost-effective and environmentally viable alternatives available.24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am 2 comments
This week's Audit Commission report on the effectiveness of the Hong Kong government's pollution policy makes depressing reading.
That is not so much because of the government's repeated failure to meet even its own modest environmental targets, although that's dismal enough.16 Nov 2012 - 2:47am 12 comments
It was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Department director to approve an impact-assessment report made by his own department on the proposed building of a massive offshore waste incinerator, a court heard yesterday.16 Nov 2012 - 4:16am
Just how bad is our air quality? The answer can be found when you sniff it or take a look at the skyline. Those who need more evidence can turn to the damning report by the Audit Commission on the government's efforts to clean up the air. The existing air quality objectives have, according to the watchdog, never been fully achieved since their introduction in 1987.15 Nov 2012 - 7:12am 1 comment