Importing more electricity from the mainland should be the 'last option' Hong Kong considers as it might close the door on alternative options, a British expert says.

Environment officials had another victory, securing funding for an extension to the Ta Kwu Ling landfill and a study into expanding the Tuen Mun tip.

A top adviser to Beijing on Hong Kong affairs said the city's problems needed "a comprehensive treatment" rather than "small fixes and patches" after the main Occupy Central camp in Admiralty was cleared.

The city's largest power supplier might be able to reduce its price increase for next year to as low as 4.3 per cent - far lower than the projected 11.8 per cent it predicted in its development plan.


Conservation officials are proposing to expand a scheme in which areas of coral off Sai Kung have been demarcated to avoid damage, after two green groups found extensive degradation.

Controversial plans to expand Tseung Kwan O landfill were finally approved yesterday after weeks of filibustering by pan-democrats ran out of steam.

Major countries have been told to stop finger-pointing over climate change and get down to real negotiations at global talks to be held in Paris next year.

This winter is expected to be warmer and wetter than usual as a result of El Niño, the climate phenomenon associated with warming in the central Pacific Ocean.

Some public open spaces in private developments are difficult to access, poorly maintained and have opening hours that are shorter than required, the Audit Commission found.

Government departments have been passing the buck and arguing whether it is their responsibility to maintain roadside trees that might pose threats to road users, the Audit Commission has found.

Hong Kong will take stock of its efforts to adapt to extreme weather brought about by a warming planet, in order to assess its resilience to the effects of climate change, the environment undersecretary said.

The watchdog that oversees sales of new flats says it files at least one case each week to government lawyers so they can consider prosecuting developers over suspected violations of sales rules.

Higher energy efficiency standards for three common types of appliance will help households save HK$300 million a year on electricity, officials say.

Updated emission standards to control pollution caused by off-road vehicles and construction machinery would apply to new imports but not to equipment already in the city, under an Environment Bureau proposal.

Lawmakers have demanded tourism officials set a clear roadmap to make the city's HK$8.2 billion cruise terminal a regional hub, even after officials said the number of arrivals would double next year.

An award-winning American architect has proposed transforming some of the city's municipal services buildings and refuse collection points into multistorey recycling and community centres.

Pan-democrats have begun a "campaign of non-cooperation" over political reform with the aim of holding up all requests for public funding unless they are related to people's livelihood.

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but hundreds of journalists at Apple Daily apparently believe in safeguarding press freedom with their bodies.

Waste infrastructure projects will top the agenda when the Legco Finance Committee meeting resumes on Friday, but pan-democrats are expected to stall proceedings.

Green advisers for the government have supported a proposed further tightening of what the city's power firms describe as "extremely challenging" emissions caps slated for 2019.

About 200 rural villagers have cleared vegetation on a proposed conservation area in a country park enclave in So Lo Pun to protest against what they call unfair treatment over their private land.

Hong Kong's notorious "street canyons" have become the latest research subject for a group of the world's top scientists specialising in air pollution and health.

Green activists yesterday stepped up pressure on the government to reject the environmental impact assessment report on the planned third runway at Chek Lap Kok, questioning the way the government's advisers endorsed the report.

Aides to the city's last governor Chris Patten allegedly offered Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai Chee-ying a British passport before the handover.

It was a night and a day of desperation and enlightenment on Hong Kong's streets, which were turned into a battlefield for democracy and a testing ground of protesters' civic qualities.

Some coral communities in the waters off Sai Kung are dying at a faster rate than in previous years and in other areas, divers and green activists have warned.

In a strange twist of bureaucracy, it has emerged that a blocked section of a road through a Sai Kung village is not classed as emergency vehicle access, while the rest of the road is.

Residents are accusing the Lands Department of ignoring its responsibilities by failing to step into a row over a blocked lane in a Sai Kung village.