The Government should formulate a long-term strategy for carbon neutrality

AsiaGlobal Voices: Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. In October 2021, the government issued the “Hong Kong Climate Action Blueprint 2050”, outlining a mid-term goal towards carbon neutrality. Yet, the blueprint only focuses on the continuation and improvement of existing policies. The government should instead…

Why we need climate justice: prevention isn’t enough when the poor are already suffering from a warming world

SCMP: Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous disruptions to ecosystems and leaving billions around the world highly vulnerable to the consequences, according to the latest report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”, is a strong wake-up call to what will happen if we don’t act swiftly and…

New IPCC report on adaptation is a wake-up call for climate-resilient policymaking

Orange News: Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous disruptions to ecosystems and leaving billions around the world highly vulnerable to climate change, despite efforts to reduce risk. This is a key finding of “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”, the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, according to…

Closing the loop

Lawrence Iu, our Climate Change and Partnerships Lead was interviewed about his views on the circular economy. He points out that the earth itself is a closed loop system, with the exception of energy coming in from the sun. “The sun gives us solar energy which plants use, through photosynthesis, to grow. Animals eat these…

Climate Change and Public Health: Solving Hong Kong’s Healthcare Crisis

Earth.org: Climate change and public health are interconnected; as climate-related health problems proliferate across the world, healthcare systems around the world are faced with unprecedented challenges. The problems in Hong Kong’s collapsing healthcare system today serve as a perfect lesson for the world; not only do we need to put more effort into building up…

The illusion of plenty

Orange News: The Greater Bay Area is suffering from its most severe drought in decades. According to an official in Guangdong, the Dongjiang will remain at around 50 to 60 per cent of its usual level into next spring. The drought is mainly due to a low level of rain in the upstream region of…

Building capacity to improve Hong Kong a livability and scale new heights in economic development

Orange News: The Finance secretary published the Hong Kong SAR Government’s 2022-2023 Budget. The budget indicated the Government’s commitment to build a liveable city, propel Hong Kong towards our 2050 carbon neutrality target, and promote a green transformation of our economy. Fighting the COVID-19 epidemic is Hong Kong’s current overriding mission. We appreciate the budgetary…

Civic Exchange Recommends the HKSAR for the 2022-23 Budget

2021 was Hong Kong’s warmest year on record. Climate change is starting to impact biodiversity and increase the frequency of extreme weather events. All further net GHG emissions mean rising cost in human suffering and financial losses. Given the urgency, a prime objective of the budget should be to accelerate decarbonisation in  Hong Kong and…