Green Value

South China Morning Post: Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s policy address drew a swift reaction from six environmental groups, which criticised him for blaming the serious shortage of housing supply in Hong Kong on the zoning of large areas of land for non-development use, such as country parks.

Means and End

South China Morning Post: When Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said last October that Hong Kong’s political system could not allow people earning below HK$14,000 a month to dominate the political process, he was not merely expressing a noxious personal opinion.

Falling Short

South China Morning Post: Some members of the public plan to file a judicial review against the Environmental Department’s decision to grant an environmental permit to the Airport Authority to build a third runway. Such a court challenge has apparently become routine, reflecting public doubts about the credibility of the environmental impact assessment process.

Ballot Blocks

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong may be the only jurisdiction on earth which allows non-human corporate entities to vote, and their existence is one of the murkiest aspects of Hong Kong’s political system.

Power to Change

South China Morning Post: At a recent forum on urban innovations, hosted by the European Union Academic Programme, Dominic Weiss of the Smart City Vienna project gave an inspiring talk about his city’s sustainable development policies.