Hong Kong’s colorful new ‘pocket parks’ are revitalizing public spaces

CNN: Bright pink and scattered with octagonal stools, Portland Street Rest Garden is an Instagrammer’s dream. But this park, wedged between two high rises on a bustling Hong Kong street, isn’t filled with influencers posing for photos: instead, local retirees play checkers on fuchsia gameboards, while elderly neighbors gossip on the rose-colored benches, purple grass…

Policy Recommendations for the HKSAR Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address

We believe climate change is the most important issue Hong Kong faces – See Attachment 1.  We therefore recommend the upcoming policy address prioritise action to accelerate decarbonisation and strengthen climate resilience in Hong Kong.   Moreover, as one of the world financial centres, Hong Kong can play a role in mobilizing the finance needed…

In pursuit of carbon neutrality, Hong Kong must remove roadblocks to a zero-emissions bus fleet

SCMP: Hong Kong’s public transport system is the envy of the world. A 2021 report from McKinsey ranked Hong Kong’s system favourably in terms of efficiency and affordability. Much of this success can be attributed to the government’s “railway backbone” development strategy, which prioritises the creation of residential districts around mass transit rail hubs. Yet,…

Rat attack: new Hong Kong task force launches campaign to ‘beautify’ the city, taking aim at rodent infestation and more than 600 hygiene black spots

SCMP: Hong Kong is launching a months-long campaign aiming to “beautify” the city, targeting hundreds of hygiene black spots, forming overnight anti-rodent teams and deploying artificial intelligence to identify dangerous signboards. The scheme is part of the “Hong Kong New Cityscape” clean-up campaign and is in line with Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu’s election promises,…

Combatting climate change in Hong Kong and beyond – What can be learnt from the latest IPCC reports?

Hong Kong Engineer: Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous, rapid and potentially irreversible disruption to ecosystems, leaving billions around the world highly vulnerable. This is strongly emphasised in the three latest Assessment Reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is a United Nations body responsible for providing scientific, technical and socio-economic…