(12 September 2023 SCMP)
Within two hours on Thursday night, the Hong Kong Observatory had exhausted the rainstorm warnings it could issue: amber, red and black. The observatory attributed the heavy downpours around the city to the trough of low pressure associated with Typhoon Haikui, although that storm, unlike Typhoon Saola, had not made landfall on Hong Kong.
(6 September 2023 Hong Kong Free Press)
In recent years, more and more people have installed solar panels on their roofs. Solar panel owners can sell the green electricity generated by these solar panels to power companies for a handsome income. In turn, the power companies can sell renewable energy certificates to companies and organisations interested in reducing their carbon footprint.
(20 August 2023 Hong Kong Free Press)
Marine light pollution caused by bright fishing lights is a growing concern in Hong Kong. It adversely affects the environment, disrupts coastal residents, harms marine life, and poses risks to navigation. Clear rules and regulations are essential to mitigate this issue and strike a balance between the fishing industry’s requirements and the protection of the marine ecosystem.
(29 Aug 2023 SCMP)
Higher global average surface temperatures made July the hottest month on record.
(10 Aug 2023 SCMP)
Long-lasting heatwaves struck many parts of the world in July, with daytime temperatures hitting and even surpassing 40 degrees Celsius in some places.
(21 Jul 2023 SCMP)
The municipal solid waste charging scheme was first proposed in 2005. In March 2017, the Environment Bureau said the scheme could take effect in the second half of 2019.
(07 Jul 2023 SCMP)
The Japanese government is adamant about discharging treated radioactive waste water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean this summer despite strong opposition in many countries, including China and South Korea, as well as fishing communities in the region.
(22 Jun 2023 SCMP)
Almost all of Hong Kong’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles continue to be thrown away, rather than recycled, despite plastic recovery schemes. Less than one per cent were recycled in 2019, the latest year for which discrete PET figures are available, with the bulk – about 121 tonnes a day – ending up in a landfill. Many such plastic bottles are simply dumped on our beaches and nature trails, polluting our environment.
(2023年6月16日 專欄) 我不喜歡過國際乜乜日、物物日，如果大家只會在這天高舉標語、辦幾場大龍鳳活動，行禮如儀。假如世界環境日是一面照妖鏡，那麼這一天，正映照出各國對塑膠問題的態度—真心着緊，抑或有口無心。