A senior environmental policy official has warned the mainland faces an "extremely grave" environmental crisis that will only worsen as pollution increases and the health problems its causes come to light.Sunday, 6 January, 2013, 9:29am 4 comments
Pressure is mounting on the chief executive to make poverty alleviation a focus of his maiden policy address this month, with new research setting out in stark detail how being poor affects health and family life.6 Jan 2013 - 1:53pm
A "shameful" shortage of care experts on farms due to Hong Kong's lack of training schools may lead to a rise in animal-related diseases, experts say.27 Dec 2012 - 7:07am 3 comments
Mainland authorities have published a plan to reduce the world's largest population of smokers as part of a 2005 treaty, but without implementing recommendations such as warning labels that include photos of rotten teeth and diseased lungs.23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am
After the DR beauty treatment incident, the government established a steering committee to review the regulatory regime for private health care facilities.22 Dec 2012 - 2:31am
When the mainland media showed disgusting images of how cooking oil is processed and stored in some areas a few months ago, the Hong Kong public watched with a mixed sense of shock and relief. While it is astonishing to see kitchen waste dredged from restaurant drains and reprocessed for cooking, we are also grateful for our more stringent safety rules and surveillance here.22 Dec 2012 - 1:57am 1 comment
The health risks of microscopic air pollutants have been grossly underestimated on the mainland, with nearly 8,600 premature deaths expected this year in four major cities, a study has revealed.
And premature deaths are "just a tiny fraction" of the adverse health impacts of tiny airborne particles, less than 2.5 microns in diameter, known as fine particle matter 2.5 (PM2.5).19 Dec 2012 - 3:18am 2 comments
Leaping from academia to the government four years ago, Professor Gabriel Leung quickly found himself learning political survival skills as he faced tough job assignments and a series of scandals.10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am
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CityU plan to switch courses to online forum is criticised10 Nov 2012 - 2:25am
Porn film producers have vowed to challenge a new law requiring actors in adult movies to wear condoms while performing on set in Los Angeles County.
The Free Speech Coalition, the trade group that represents the adult film industry, said mandatory condoms would render porn filmmaking "untenable".9 Nov 2012 - 3:41am
In August, Princess Margaret Hospital reported the second case of the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) Enterobacteriaceae, a lengthy name for a microbe that can simply be called a superbug.4 Nov 2012 - 1:38am
When Steve Jobs kicked the bucket, the satirical Onion news website ran this now-legendary headline: Last American Who Knew What The F*** He Was Doing Dies.
I felt something similar yesterday when the government announced that Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, would quit by the end of the year.29 Oct 2012 - 7:38am
A Saudi boy in a Hong Kong hospital has the flu, not the deadly Sars-like virus that emerged in the Middle East last month, the Centre for Health Protection confirmed on Monday, when the four-year-old tested negative for novel coronavirus.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Campaigners against government plans to build a beach at Tolo Harbour have revealed that the area is apparently not fit for swimmers.
Tests carried out at Lung Mei, Tai Po, by green groups opposed to the artificial beach showed high levels of E coli, the bacteria associated with sewage and food poisoning.6 Oct 2012 - 3:11am
For someone who has been bellyaching about Hong Kong's air quality for the past 18 months, and for the NGOs that have been at it for much longer, it was music to the ears to hear the environment secretary say air quality - roadside pollution, in particular - was to be a priority for his department.23 Sep 2012 - 12:01pm