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Fears over mercury risk unfounded

I refer to the letter from Lam Wai-leung ('Incandescent bulb ban is a bad idea', September 15).

Wednesday, 28 September, 2011, 12:00am

Rethinking a bright idea

It could be lights out for Thomas Edison's light bulb.

Moves are being made around the world, including in Hong Kong, to ban incandescent bulbs on grounds they fail to meet today's standards of energy efficiency. Many see the old-fashioned light bulb giving way to the compact fluorescent lamp, or even the light-emitting diode (LED).

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Front brings cold snap with 8-degree drop

The mercury took a nosedive from 19 degrees Celsius in the morning to 11 degrees in some areas yesterday. The Observatory issued a cold-weather warning at about 4.20am as a front crossed Guangdong's coast. Today will be cloudy with rain patches and temperatures of between 11 and 14. The gloom is tipped to last until the weekend, when the temperature should rise to 20.

28 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Warning on mercury contamination

The Customs and Excise Department has warned the public not to use two brands of cosmetic cream, Santen and Liliki Whitening Day Cream (Cream 911), which tests had found contained mercury in concentrations of 5,600 to 40,000 parts per million. The national limit is 1ppm.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Public urged to be cautious during cold spell

The Observatory has reminded the public to be cautious, saying temperatures in the New Territories could drop to around 10 degrees Celsius. Last night, the temperature dropped under 20 degrees across the city. The mercury in urban areas might drop to around 14 degrees today and would be two to three degrees lower in rural areas. The high today will be about 19 degrees.

28 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Food study highlights the need for moderation

Despite all that we owe to science and technology in improving the quality of life, food safety remains an abiding concern. The world has yet to reconcile rapid economic development and competitive exploitation of natural resources with contamination of our food chain by the by-product of pollution.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Half of cleaners unaware of risks from fluorescent tubes

10 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Mercury to drop as cold front moves in

The temperature is forecast to drop to 12 degrees Celsius tomorrow under the influence of a cold front moving over inland Guangdong that is expected to reach coastal areas today. The Observatory said it would be cloudy and misty today, with a few rain patches and temperatures ranging between 13 and 17 degrees.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

What's your poison?

Mary Oates suffered from a host of seemingly unconnected and unpleasant health issues for a decade.

'I had such severe yeast infections I was taking Diflucan [anti-fungal medication] preventatively every month,' says 40-year-old Oates.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Mercury found in wardrobes

Ten small paper packets containing a total of about 100ml of liquid mercury were discovered in four Ikea wardrobes in a home being decorated in Sai Kung, sparking a toxic scare yesterday. Firemen sealed the house off while an Environment Protection Department contractor collected the mercury and sent it to a chemical waste plant. Nobody was reported harmed.

17 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Diet of ocean fish harmful to children: study

Too much ocean fish could lead to severe learning and behavioural disorders among young children, medical experts have found.

The findings, published by the Medical Journal of Australia yesterday, involved a study conducted on children under six who had a regular diet of large, predatory fish.

8 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Four children have eaten suspect powder

At least four children have consumed medicine that sent an 11-month-old boy to hospital for a week last month with suspected mercury poisoning, the Department of Health said. The powder was made by Chan Yiu-wing, son of late 'Monkey Man' Chan Yat-biu, made famous by a public battle in 2000 to keep his pet monkey.

5 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


Is the increase in ESF fees reasonable?

Clearly, I have to say it once more! My letters are aimed at not every expatriate, but those, Mr Dalton and possibly others excepted, who come here with children of kindergarten age.

21 May 2007 - 12:00am

Mercury makes skin cream toxic

A health warning has been issued about excessive quantities of mercury in whitening and spot-removing skin-care products widely used on the mainland.

The products had been found in many areas, including Beijing, Shanghai, Henan and Zhejiang provinces, China Central Television reported yesterday.

19 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Traces of arsenic are found in tinned fish

Consumer Council says the levels in sardines and tuna pose no health threat

Arsenic has been found in some types of tinned fish - but the Consumer Council says the levels detected are safe.

The council found the heavy metal in samples of sardines packed in tomato sauce and in tuna packed in oil.

16 Nov 2004 - 12:00am