Ocean Pollution

Letters to the Editor, February 17, 2013

HK$1 deposit for fluorescent lamps. Photo: SMP

The Environmental Protection Department's fluorescent lamp recycling programme provides public collection points for old fluorescent bulbs, although the container does not cater to longer tubes that some households, like my own, use.

Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 1:59am

HK suffers most deaths in region from ship pollution

Tsim Sha Tsui could be worst-hit by ship pollutants, according to a new report. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong has suffered the most from ship emissions in the Pearl River Delta, with locals accounting for 75 per cent of deaths related to sulphur dioxide released from vessels, a think tank found.

The air quality at Kwai Chung and Tsim Sha Tsui could be worst-hit by ship pollutants, researchers behind a five-year study by Civic Exchange suggest.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:30pm

Typhoon Kai-Tak helps clean up plastic pellets dumped by Vicente

Volunteers collect pellets that were gathered from Silver Mine Bay Beach on Lantau. About 300 volunteers joined the clean-up yesterday.Photo: K.Y.Cheng

One brought havoc, the other was a godsend.

In an unusual twist, Typhoon Kai-Tak dumped a second wave of plastic pellets onto Hong Kong beaches, giving the army of volunteers who have toiled for weeks another opportunity to keep them from entering the food chain.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:12am

Hundreds help clear pellets

Hundreds of volunteers yesterday helped clear up the mass of plastic pellets washed ashore on Discovery Bay's beaches in the wake of Typhoon Vicente two weeks ago.

For their part, environmental groups called for quicker action from the government.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Crises worsened by cloak of secrecy

Environmentalists have warned for years of a looming water crisis in China. So just how far off is it now?

Recent water contamination disasters in Guangxi and Jiangsu and severe droughts in parts of Yunnan and Jiangxi that previously had abundant supplies of water have reignited fears that an acute crisis could blow up at any time.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Time to halt the plastic menace

If you search for 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' on Google, you will find a lot of photos showing the ocean full of plastic waste.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a place in the central north Pacific Ocean where waste collects owing to ocean currents. This shows just how dangerous plastic can be to the environment.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fish farmers in the lurch over oil spills

Fish farmers in Shandong affected by oil spills in the Bohai Sea expressed disappointment at the government's apparent lack of action to help them seek compensation and punish the culprits of one of the mainland's worst cases of marine pollution in decades.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

People can make a difference by getting involved in annual cleaning of beaches

I refer to the letters by Lawrence Brader ('Appalled by floating rubbish', September 8) and Ken Wake ('Get tough with marine litter louts', September 8).

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Fuel project to curb plastic attack on seas

With rapid development and a growing appetite for plastic, Asia is on track to become a major contributor to the vortexes of rubbish in the world's oceans, a marine conservation group has warned.

There are signs that Hong Kong could already be partly to blame for the pollution.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cross-border oil fouls beaches

Marine officials are blaming cross-border oil spills for an unusual increase in contamination of beaches and coastal areas last year.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hopes low for any Bohai payout

Mainland legal experts say it is highly unlikely that fish farmers and others affected by recent oil spills in the Bohai Sea will receive suitable, if any, compensation for the damage caused by marine pollution.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Oil spill washes up on beaches

Traces of oil from spills at the mainland's largest offshore oilfield have washed ashore on two beaches along the Bohai Sea some 170 kilometres away, prompting fears of an ecological catastrophe.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Laws needed on ship pollution

Society has zero tolerance when one person threatens or takes the life of another, yet nothing is being done to prevent air pollution from visiting ocean-going ships. Unlike power stations and vehicles, the vessels are allowed to burn the dirtiest, cheapest, high-sulphur fuel- of a standard several times worse than is acceptable in most European or North American ports.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

G.E.M. shows her sparkle

Given Name: (Gloria) Tang Shi-wing Born: Shanghai, China Age: 19 Zodiac Sign: Leo Chinese Zodiac: Sheep

Project Kaisei: A non-profit organisation that focuses on the elimination of plastic waste in the ocean.

Inside the Plastic Vortex: A 3D display of plastic waste collected from the ocean.

17 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

All at sea over trash

As a sailor, almost nothing is as depressing as seeing pollution in the wide blue ocean.

It's not unusual when we're thousands of kilometres from land and have not seen a ship, plane or person in weeks, to see plastic rubbish floating by. The waste includes bags, old flip flops, diapers, broken pails, combs and styrofoam boxes.

25 Jan 2010 - 12:00am