This report aims to provide some insights into effective policy options for reducing people’s exposure to toxic air pollutants and protecting public health in Hong Kong’s dense urban setting.
Independent policy think tank Civic Exchange today released the results of a public opinion survey on Hong Kong residents’ consumption habits and perceptions regarding bottled water and plastic waste in Hong Kong.
South China Morning Post: While it is important to factor in regional considerations when making policies, Hong Kong’s self-sufficiency is fundamental to its governance. Three recent examples show how more self-sufficiency will result in a more sustainable environment, both locally and regionally.
The new Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation requires ocean-going vessels to switch to clean marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5% while at berth.
South China Morning Post: In his budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah proposed to extend a government incentive scheme to March 2018 that halves the port facilities and light dues charged on ocean-going vessels that switch to low-sulphur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong.
South China Morning Post: Over the years, many commentators have decried protest stunts in the Legislative Council, civil disobedience tactics and demonstrations as alarming signs of social decay – yet, when seen in their historical context, today’s confrontations are not unusual.
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.
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.
South China Morning Post: Hong Kong’s rich biodiversity should be treasured; protecting it should be a broad community endeavour.