Greenhouse Gas

Don't kid yourself that electric taxis are green

A BYD e6 electric taxi

Encouraged by the prospect of generous subsidies from the government's HK$300 million "green transport fund", the Hong Kong Taxi & Public Light Bus Association is leasing 45 battery-powered "e6" vehicles from Shenzhen-based manufacturer BYD.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 9:04am 15 comments

China joins US in leading fight against climate change, report says

China invested US$65.1 billion in clean energy last year. Photo: AP

The report by the independent Australian-based Climate Commission, The Critical Decade: International Action on Climate Change, presents an overview of action in the last nine months. It was released on the same day as a fresh round of United Nations talks are slated to start in Bonn on boosting action on climate change - a two-decade-long process that has been dogged by procedural bickering and defence of national interests.

29 Apr 2013 - 5:46am

Boosting buildings' energy efficiency a shrewd investment for Hong Kong

Boosting buildings' energy efficiency a shrewd investment for Hong Kong

Improving the energy efficiency of Hong Kong buildings is one of the best investments we can make - right now - given our technical know-how, the large green-buildings community in the city and the availability of examples from abroad.

28 Dec 2012 - 3:28am

Asia-Pacific can't ignore rising threat from climate change

Three fourths of the Liberty Island in New York was underwater after Hurricane Sandy. Photo: NYT

The jury may still be out on the link between climate change and natural disasters. But one thing is clear: weather-related disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am

Commitment lacking on global warming

Commitment lacking on global warming

Is it a savage irony or just a sick joke that the latest talks to try to reach an international agreement to curb the greenhouse gases that threaten our fragile planet have opened in Doha, the capital of Qatar - the worst polluter in the world in per capita emissions?

1 Dec 2012 - 2:41am 1 comment

Ministry targets greenhouse gas

The mainland's environmental watchdog has released the first batch of orders to control the emission of greenhouse gases after being upgraded to the ministry level last month.

The government is hoping the new Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) - formerly the State Environmental Protection Administration (Sepa) - now has more teeth.

15 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Sky's the limit

As competition among airlines in Asia and other parts of the world intensifies, an ever-growing mass of people finds it convenient to travel by air for business and leisure. But the rapid growth of commercial aviation is having a significant impact on global warming - and Asia, the world's fastest-expanding market for air travel, is starting to feel the heat.

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Mainland 'pouring money' into research on climate change

Funding for research into climate change in the mainland has doubled over the past 18 months compared with the previous five-year period, a senior science and technology ministry official said in Beijing yesterday.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Every little bit helps in emissions battle

I recently attended a function hosted by a local business organisation and, at the end of it, everyone was asked how they had travelled to the event. Had they driven or walked, and how long had it taken? The organisers were adding up the estimated carbon dioxide emissions involved with the gathering in order to offset them so the event would not make a net increase to global warming.

20 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Warming to change

The Legislative Council's first meeting on climate change is on Monday. Hopefully, legislators will realise that climate change has a number of distinct characteristics that make it different from other forms of pollution. Its causes and consequences are global; its effects will persist; and the related uncertainties and risks will be large.

24 May 2007 - 12:00am

Take action to save the planet

The recent arrival of a baby polar bear in a Berlin zoo captured the attention of people around the world.

While the furry cub has won the hearts and minds of animal-lovers, it has also drawn attention to the plight of a species whose habitats are fast shrinking due to the effects of global warming.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's climate responsibility

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reaffirmed last week, global warming and climate change will devastate the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world. Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from Hong Kong are contributing to this devastation.

9 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Fiddling while the world burns

Beijing will host a meeting tomorrow of energy ministers from the US and Asia. The 'coal rush' and climate change are sure to be prominent on their agenda. More and more coal is being burned in power plants around the world to generate electricity.

15 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Global warning

THE atmosphere is a swathe of air that protects us from the sun's harmful rays and traps enough warmth to keep temperatures from falling too low at night.

Analysis shows the atmosphere consists of 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per cent oxygen and 1 per cent other gases. It also contains water vapour.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Generous 'contribution'

Just to provide some data for Troy Hodges' letter yesterday headlined 'Kyoto 'smell' blows in two directions', regarding his question: who is the largest polluter in the world?

18 Oct 2001 - 12:00am