Nature & Environment

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Fast-food giant McDonald's has thrown out 400 million food containers, knives, forks and spoons in the past three years, according to environmental group Green Sense.

I won't bow out

Bonnie Chen and agencies The Standard 19.08.2009
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Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou dug in yesterday against scathing criticism about his administration's slow response to the carnage wrought by Typhoon Morakot and declared he would not step down.


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The Acting Chief Executive, Henry Tang, has proposed a HK$50-million donation to Taiwan, to aid ongoing relief efforts there. More than 2,000 people remain stranded after mudslides and flooding caused by Typhoon Morakot in the south of the island.

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Taiwan's military has launched a helicopter rescue of more than 700 people who were found alive in three villages flattened by landslides, a senior military officer said.


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Helicopters dropped rescuers into a village in southern Taiwan this morning to search for victims of a massive mudslide that is believed to have buried hundreds of people, officials said.

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At least 12 people have been confirmed dead and 52 others are missing in Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot caused the island's worst flooding in half a century, the emergency services said.


Refunds urged in plastic bags row

Kwok Ho-lum The Standard 10.08.2009
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A campaign has been launched to try to make the government refund the 50-cent levy on plastic bags to consumers.

Cleaning Up Our Act Cleaning Up Our Act

John Robertson HK-magazine.com 07.08.2009
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Will the government’s new pollution-busting measures really turn our gray skies blue? John Robertson hears both optimism and frustration from local environmentalists.


Willing to cough up?

Nickkita Lau and Adele Wong The Standard 24.07.2009
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Fancy another month on your life? It may be yours, if you're willing to pay for it.

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The first day of the environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags ran smoothly today, Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau says. However, he warned manufacturers not to circumvent the levy by prepackaging products.


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The plastic bag levy has come into force, with some 2,800 shops charging their customers 50 cents for bags with handles. The shops include supermarket chains, convenience stores, and personal health and beauty shops.

Plastic bags levy scheme to start

news.gov.hk 06.07.2009
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The environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags will commence on July 7, Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau says. He calls on shoppers to make Hong Kong green by bringing their own bags.


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Oxfam Hong Kong has marked World Environment Day by telling people in the city that they have a moral responsibility to reduce the impact of climate change.

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Hong Kong's air pollution has again reached very high levels, with the roadside station in Mongkok recording a level of 139 during the day.


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Leggy models shared the catwalk with a porcupine, a python and a yak on Sunday at a fashion show to raise public awareness of animal welfare and Saint Petersburg's zoo.

Plastic-bag levy to start in July

news.gov.hk 25.05.2009
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Registered retailers must start charging customers not less than 50 cents for each shopping bag with handles starting July 7 under the environmental levy scheme on plastic shopping bags, Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau says.


Safety urged in ship recycling

Timothy Chui The Standard 12.05.2009
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The International Maritime Organization is scrambling to pass a legally binding covenant on ship recycling before an expected surge in decommissioned vessels driven by the financial crisis.

Firefoxes set to blaze a trail at Ocean Park

Nickkita Lau The Standard 30.04.2009
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Four cuddly red pandas from Sichuan were the stars of the show at the launch of Ocean Park's Amazing Asian Animals attraction yesterday.


Happy greens hail bag levy then target electronic junk

Timothy Chui The Standard 24.04.2009
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Happy green groups hailed the passage of the plastic bag levy yesterday - then pushed the government to target electronic waste.

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The Environment Secretary, Edward Yau, has hailed the Hong Kong Carbon Reduction Campaign as a good opportunity for the business sector to carry out green initiatives.



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