By Christine Loh, Mike Kilburn, Jonas Chau
In recent years there has been growing concern about the diminishing livability of Hong Kong’s urban environment. Public concern has focused on air pollution, especially from diesel vehicles on our congested roads, limited open space for public interaction, and the “wall effect” and “street canyon effect”, caused by tall and bulky buildings blocking natural airflows and preventing dispersal of air pollution and the cooling of hot urban areas. Hong Kong is beginning to respond to the challenges of climate change, yet our buildings, cooled by air conditioning, accessed by escalators and elevators, and filled with energy hungry appliances, lighting and equipment consume about 90% of our electricity, and are responsible for some 50-60% of Hong Kong’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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17 December 2010 - SCMP – Desire for land revenue stifles good planning