Ernest Kao

Ernest Kao has reported for the Post since 2012. He focuses on environment, energy, science and urban planning and development issues.
Ernest Kao
Ernest Kao has reported for the Post since 2012. He focuses on environment, energy, science and urban planning and development issues.

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Student at Hong Kong’s Renaissance College hooks up new HK$260,000 solar panels

Student project at Renaissance College to earn institution money via feed-in tariffs.

22 Feb 2019 - 9:02AM
Student at Hong Kong’s Renaissance College hooks up new HK$260,000 solar panels

Student project at Renaissance College to earn institution money via feed-in tariffs.

Just 24 teachers in four years finish course and collect Education Bureau grant to improve their skills teaching Chinese as a second language in Hong Kong, watchdog finds

Although 68 teachers had been approved a grant since 2014, the government watchdog found that just 24 completed programmes to enhance their skills teaching Chinese as a second language and received reimbursements.

19 Feb 2019 - 10:51PM
Just 24 teachers in four years finish course and collect Education Bureau grant to improve their skills teaching Chinese as a second language in Hong Kong, watchdog finds

Although 68 teachers had been approved a grant since 2014, the government watchdog found that just 24 completed programmes to enhance their skills teaching Chinese as a second language and received reimbursements.

Thunder and downpours in Hong Kong as Observatory issues first-ever February rainstorm warning

Amber signal issued on Tuesday as city wakes to thunder and downpours.

19 Feb 2019 - 9:12PM
Thunder and downpours in Hong Kong as Observatory issues first-ever February rainstorm warning

Amber signal issued on Tuesday as city wakes to thunder and downpours.

Log cabins, zip lines and glamping among proposals for improving Hong Kong’s country parks, but campers may soon have to book to get a spot

Suggestions all part of public consultation on how to enhance ‘recreation and educational potential’ of city’s green spaces, but Hong Kong’s campers may also have to reserve a spot at campsites in the future.

18 Feb 2019 - 11:12PM
Log cabins, zip lines and glamping among proposals for improving Hong Kong’s country parks, but campers may soon have to book to get a spot

Suggestions all part of public consultation on how to enhance ‘recreation and educational potential’ of city’s green spaces, but Hong Kong’s campers may also have to reserve a spot at campsites in the future.

HK$4.2 million in cash and valuables stolen from finance magnate Akihiro Nagahara’s luxury home on The Peak

Break-in comes soon after 13-hour police anti-burglary operation in the area.

18 Feb 2019 - 9:45PM
HK$4.2 million in cash and valuables stolen from finance magnate Akihiro Nagahara’s luxury home on The Peak

Break-in comes soon after 13-hour police anti-burglary operation in the area.

Clunky washing machines and fridges form bulk of Hong Kong’s electrical waste items at government’s recycling plant

Operator says trend is unexpected, but not beyond the facility to process, with an aim to expand scope to other items such as dehumidifiers and industrial equipment.

17 Feb 2019 - 10:32PM
Clunky washing machines and fridges form bulk of Hong Kong’s electrical waste items at government’s recycling plant

Operator says trend is unexpected, but not beyond the facility to process, with an aim to expand scope to other items such as dehumidifiers and industrial equipment.

Will Hong Kong’s largest private recycling plant solve woes over plastic bottles waste?

German recycling giant Alba intends to create food-grade material from waste plastics that can be fed back into local manufacturing sector. But green group says challenge will be on how to collect waste from community and feed plant.

18 Feb 2019 - 9:32AM
Will Hong Kong’s largest private recycling plant solve woes over plastic bottles waste?

German recycling giant Alba intends to create food-grade material from waste plastics that can be fed back into local manufacturing sector. But green group says challenge will be on how to collect waste from community and feed plant.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spotted shopping in Hong Kong for second time in less than five months as partner Honeylet Avancena celebrates birthday

Duterte was spotted in fashionwear chain Uniqlo’s shop at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay at around 6pm with his bodyguards

17 Feb 2019 - 11:09PM
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spotted shopping in Hong Kong for second time in less than five months as partner Honeylet Avancena celebrates birthday

Duterte was spotted in fashionwear chain Uniqlo’s shop at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay at around 6pm with his bodyguards

Luxury hotel Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong fined HK$15,000 for pumping grease-filled waste water into city’s sewers

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hit with HK$15,000 penalty at court on Thursday, after oil and grease found in concentrations 3.8 times the upper limit on its discharge licence

14 Feb 2019 - 10:32PM
Luxury hotel Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong fined HK$15,000 for pumping grease-filled waste water into city’s sewers

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hit with HK$15,000 penalty at court on Thursday, after oil and grease found in concentrations 3.8 times the upper limit on its discharge licence

Two porpoise carcasses found on separate Hong Kong shores, bringing number of cases this year to 15 – an alarming trend, green groups warn

High of 15 incidents of dead marine mammals found on coasts this year. Most cases record blunt force trauma, indicating collisions with vessels, but lack of other related injuries lends little weight to the theory.

12 Feb 2019 - 11:59AM
Two porpoise carcasses found on separate Hong Kong shores, bringing number of cases this year to 15 – an alarming trend, green groups warn

High of 15 incidents of dead marine mammals found on coasts this year. Most cases record blunt force trauma, indicating collisions with vessels, but lack of other related injuries lends little weight to the theory.

Is Hong Kong’s fishing industry being thrown a lifeline and will the farmers take the bait?

Farmers furious over Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department’s plan to tighten licensing requirements, and some suspect officials want to kill industry through regulation to make land reclamation easier. Not so, say authorities.

11 Feb 2019 - 3:00PM
Is Hong Kong’s fishing industry being thrown a lifeline and will the farmers take the bait?

Farmers furious over Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department’s plan to tighten licensing requirements, and some suspect officials want to kill industry through regulation to make land reclamation easier. Not so, say authorities.

Bulls invading ParknShop supermarket a one-off, Hong Kong conservation chief insists

But director of agriculture, fisheries and conservation says city’s wild pig problem is worsening.

10 Feb 2019 - 6:04PM
Bulls invading ParknShop supermarket a one-off, Hong Kong conservation chief insists

But director of agriculture, fisheries and conservation says city’s wild pig problem is worsening.

Hong Kong police investigate damage to overhead power cable that disrupted service on MTR’s East Rail line

Vandalism suspected as 17-metre-long metal handrail found on tracks near Tai Po Market station.

10 Feb 2019 - 9:58PM
Hong Kong police investigate damage to overhead power cable that disrupted service on MTR’s East Rail line

Vandalism suspected as 17-metre-long metal handrail found on tracks near Tai Po Market station.

How Hong Kong electricity company CLP is saving millions of dollars, and potentially lives, with HK$80,000 drones at Tuen Mun’s Castle Peak Power Station

Using drones has helped firm slash maintenance and inspection costs by forgoing the need to send humans to do potentially perilous tasks, but operators must qualify in pilot competency with the Civil Aviation Department as any drone weighing more than 7kg is classed as an aircraft.

8 Feb 2019 - 10:59AM
How Hong Kong electricity company CLP is saving millions of dollars, and potentially lives, with HK$80,000 drones at Tuen Mun’s Castle Peak Power Station

Using drones has helped firm slash maintenance and inspection costs by forgoing the need to send humans to do potentially perilous tasks, but operators must qualify in pilot competency with the Civil Aviation Department as any drone weighing more than 7kg is classed as an aircraft.

How your smartphone battery can power the re-industrialisation of Hong Kong’s economy – and the entrepreneurial brothers who want to make it happen

Eric Wong, the man behind Fotomax, has come out of retirement to work on a process alongside his brother Tony for reusing lithium-ion batteries.

7 Feb 2019 - 11:46AM
How your smartphone battery can power the re-industrialisation of Hong Kong’s economy – and the entrepreneurial brothers who want to make it happen

Eric Wong, the man behind Fotomax, has come out of retirement to work on a process alongside his brother Tony for reusing lithium-ion batteries.

Family reunions, festive meals and last-minute shopping as Hongkongers usher in Year of the Pig

Citizens celebrate at Lunar New Year fairs and with religious rites at temples. Carrie Lam wishes everyone a healthy and prosperous year as the city experiences the warmest Spring Festival season in 66 years.

5 Feb 2019 - 7:26AM
Family reunions, festive meals and last-minute shopping as Hongkongers usher in Year of the Pig

Citizens celebrate at Lunar New Year fairs and with religious rites at temples. Carrie Lam wishes everyone a healthy and prosperous year as the city experiences the warmest Spring Festival season in 66 years.

Hong Kong news reporter takes police chief to court over alleged assault by officers during Mong Kok riot

Lincoln Tang says officers dragged him off a bus, pushed him to the ground, kicked and then beat him with batons.

4 Feb 2019 - 8:36PM
Hong Kong news reporter takes police chief to court over alleged assault by officers during Mong Kok riot

Lincoln Tang says officers dragged him off a bus, pushed him to the ground, kicked and then beat him with batons.

Hong Kong man drowns during night dive off Po Toi island, in second such incident this year

Diver, in his 40s, rushed back to shore in Stanley but was later certified dead in hospital despite attempts at emergency resuscitation, police said.

4 Feb 2019 - 12:06AM
Hong Kong man drowns during night dive off Po Toi island, in second such incident this year

Diver, in his 40s, rushed back to shore in Stanley but was later certified dead in hospital despite attempts at emergency resuscitation, police said.

‘Very high chance’ lost papers on Hong Kong’s scandal-hit Sha Tin-Central Link destroyed on purpose, says legislator Tanya Chan

Hong Kong lawmaker hopes to get legislature to investigate the shoddy-work scandal at Sha Tin-Central Link, the city’s costliest rail project ever.

31 Jan 2019 - 1:16PM
‘Very high chance’ lost papers on Hong Kong’s scandal-hit Sha Tin-Central Link destroyed on purpose, says legislator Tanya Chan

Hong Kong lawmaker hopes to get legislature to investigate the shoddy-work scandal at Sha Tin-Central Link, the city’s costliest rail project ever.

Hong Kong authorities set to ramp up fight against air pollution from ships by flying drones to monitor emissions

Newly designed sensors can detect pollutants from vessels up to 50 metres from source, with move set to be launched by end of the year.

30 Jan 2019 - 10:56PM
Hong Kong authorities set to ramp up fight against air pollution from ships by flying drones to monitor emissions

Newly designed sensors can detect pollutants from vessels up to 50 metres from source, with move set to be launched by end of the year.

Why energy-efficient buildings should lead Hong Kong’s quest to reduce carbon emissions

Energy sector’s drive to use cleaner fuels will wane by 2030, and shift in policy and incentives is needed. Overall energy efficiency in the city’s office and residential buildings has not improved since 2008.

29 Jan 2019 - 9:42PM
Why energy-efficient buildings should lead Hong Kong’s quest to reduce carbon emissions

Energy sector’s drive to use cleaner fuels will wane by 2030, and shift in policy and incentives is needed. Overall energy efficiency in the city’s office and residential buildings has not improved since 2008.

Hong Kong’s air quality targets pitched too low to favour development such as Lantau Tomorrow Vision, says environmental group Clean Air Network

The Clean Air Network says concentration limits are set conservatively, underestimating potential improvements, to make them easier to meet.

18 Jan 2019 - 2:38PM
Hong Kong’s air quality targets pitched too low to favour development such as Lantau Tomorrow Vision, says environmental group Clean Air Network

The Clean Air Network says concentration limits are set conservatively, underestimating potential improvements, to make them easier to meet.

Critical roles played by Hong Kong researchers on China’s Chang’e 4 mission to far side of the moon

Team from Polytechnic University helped design and make the mission-critical camera mount for moon lander while another group had hand in planning and selecting landing site.

15 Jan 2019 - 3:24PM
Critical roles played by Hong Kong researchers on China’s Chang’e 4 mission to far side of the moon

Team from Polytechnic University helped design and make the mission-critical camera mount for moon lander while another group had hand in planning and selecting landing site.

Hong Kong lawmakers united against government’s ‘heartless’ decision to raise age threshold for elderly welfare payments

Welfare secretary Law Chi-kwong stands firm but suggests possible measures to ease process for those most affected.

15 Jan 2019 - 10:37AM
Hong Kong lawmakers united against government’s ‘heartless’ decision to raise age threshold for elderly welfare payments

Welfare secretary Law Chi-kwong stands firm but suggests possible measures to ease process for those most affected.

Express rail train taken out of service after passenger intercepted in Hong Kong with suspected Mers symptoms

Man in question, a foreign national, was sent to hospital by ambulance; areas he passed through in West Kowloon terminus were cleaned and disinfected.

14 Jan 2019 - 1:28PM
Express rail train taken out of service after passenger intercepted in Hong Kong with suspected Mers symptoms

Man in question, a foreign national, was sent to hospital by ambulance; areas he passed through in West Kowloon terminus were cleaned and disinfected.

Driver killed, 16 passengers injured after green minibus flips onto side on Hong Kong motorway

Deceased, 67, had been driving the route for about two years and was on his third leg of the day. Boy, 12, also killed in separate incident on Monday night in Kwun Tong.

15 Jan 2019 - 1:20AM
Driver killed, 16 passengers injured after green minibus flips onto side on Hong Kong motorway

Deceased, 67, had been driving the route for about two years and was on his third leg of the day. Boy, 12, also killed in separate incident on Monday night in Kwun Tong.

Hong Kong’s Chinese University successfully completes clinical trials of ‘single-port’ robotic arm for surgery – and patients find system a cut above as well

With a single-port system, a robotic arm carrying just three instruments and a high-definition 3D camera enters the body through one site, requiring a much smaller incision.

13 Jan 2019 - 10:52PM
Hong Kong’s Chinese University successfully completes clinical trials of ‘single-port’ robotic arm for surgery – and patients find system a cut above as well

With a single-port system, a robotic arm carrying just three instruments and a high-definition 3D camera enters the body through one site, requiring a much smaller incision.

With new state-of-the-art manufacturing centre facing ‘overwhelming’ tenant response, can Hong Kong find space for innovation sector?

Advanced Manufacturing Centre is a keystone of government’s re-industrialisation strategy and faces ‘overwhelming’ tenant response, as city finds itself short on space for sector that it wants to grow.

14 Jan 2019 - 6:21AM
With new state-of-the-art manufacturing centre facing ‘overwhelming’ tenant response, can Hong Kong find space for innovation sector?

Advanced Manufacturing Centre is a keystone of government’s re-industrialisation strategy and faces ‘overwhelming’ tenant response, as city finds itself short on space for sector that it wants to grow.

Fewer days of dirty air in Hong Kong in 2018, green group says – but it’s not all good news, especially for those in western parts

Over the past five years, towns in western areas fared the worst, with Tuen Mun the most polluted district for the fifth consecutive year.

11 Jan 2019 - 9:18AM
Fewer days of dirty air in Hong Kong in 2018, green group says – but it’s not all good news, especially for those in western parts

Over the past five years, towns in western areas fared the worst, with Tuen Mun the most polluted district for the fifth consecutive year.

What Hong Kong can learn from an old Berlin airport on bottom-up city planning

Tempelhof Field is a green haven of public space that was spared development after authorities listened to the voice of the people and recognised that it is not always about technology when it comes to smart city planning.

9 Jan 2019 - 11:04AM
What Hong Kong can learn from an old Berlin airport on bottom-up city planning

Tempelhof Field is a green haven of public space that was spared development after authorities listened to the voice of the people and recognised that it is not always about technology when it comes to smart city planning.

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