In order to provide the public with a more complete and reliable interpretation of real-time air pollution levels, using the WHO’s Air Quality Guidelines, The University of Hong Kong together with Civic Exchange revised the Hedley Environmental Index and launched a new version based on an updated methodology and a more user-friendly design for easy understanding and sharing. Hedley Environmental Index was first launched in 2008. It monitors and publishes in real-time the economic costs of Hong Kong’s air pollution in terms of public health impacts (premature deaths, hospital bed-days and doctor visits) and their monetary value. [Hedley Enironmental Index] (more…)
DATE: 17 Jan 2012 FILED UNDER: Economy, Environment, Interviews, Issues, Media Coverage, News, Press Coverage
DATE: 12 Jan 2012 FILED UNDER: Environment, Index_Publications, Interviews, Issues, Media Coverage, News, Press Coverage, Publications, Research Reports
This paper reviews how the Tsang administration has tackled air pollution since he took office in March 2005, to determine where progress has been made, and where it has not. Some of the difficulties to achieving substantial improvement come from long-entrenched systemic “disconnects” in the way that air pollution is addressed, but new and fundamental problems have also emerged. [Download full report]
As the Government has announced a number of significant changes in the landscape of air quality management in Hong Kong several days after this report was published, Civic Exchange will release a supplementary report shortly to address the new developments.
Imagine you are hosting a party. You have space to accommodate 100 people. Fire and safety regulations won’t allow any more, but you have invited a lot of people. Thus, some must leave before you can allow more in… [Full article at FT website requires registration]
By Jenny Marusiak, Eco Business
Asean nations must connect its economies and energy networks to meet the bloc’s future energy needs, said experts at the fourth Asean and Asia conference yesterday…
Chief executive of the China-based think-tank Civic Exchange, Christine Loh, noted that energy policy is dominated by a supply-led mind set whereby the default response to energy shortages is building more power plants. This has led to a range of exploitative industries to fix energy problems, and to the neglect of a “demand-led mindset” which requires reducing the amount of energy needed, she said. Full article
DATE: 24 Jun 2011 FILED UNDER: Economy, Environment, Interviews, Issues, Media Coverage, News, Press Coverage, Social, Uncategorized
Christine Loh discusses together with architect and Yale professor Deborah Berke, what liveability means and how developing cities can forge a better urban future for all.
DATE: FILED UNDER: Books, Economy, Events, Interviews, Issues, Media Coverage, Press Coverage, Publications, Social
Writing about the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong is bound to be a sensitive subject because its presence in Hong Kong is still meant to be a “secret”, although one that everyone has known about for a very long time. Christine Loh’s exposition of the Communist Party’s co-optation and persuasion is particularly revealing for anyone not versed in communist-speak.
The Communist Party in Hong Kong is a heavyweight player in shaping our future. Christine have shared her pioneer study and examination of the role that the Chinese Communist Party has played in Hong Kong since the creation of the Party in 1921. (more…)
DATE: 20 Feb 2011 FILED UNDER: Environment, Interviews, Issues, News, Press Coverage TAG: environment, light contamination
This BBC News series focuses on aspects of life in countries and cities around the world. What may seem ordinary and familiar to the people who live there can be surprising to those who do not.
One of the big attractions for visitors to Hong Kong is the ‘Symphony of Lights’, a spectacular sound and light show that takes place every night on Victoria harbour and is claimed to be the world’s largest permanent display of its kind.
More than 40 high-rise buildings are lit up for the show, which is usually a hit with tourists – but for residents, there are concerns about the financial and environmental costs involved, as Vaudine England discovers.
DATE: 10 Jan 2011 FILED UNDER: Economy, Environment, Interviews, Issues, News, Press Coverage, Social
A feature story on Hong Kong waste problem produced by the RTHK programme Hong Kong Connection interviewed Christine and was broadcasted on 10 Jan 2011. Please visit RTHK website to view the programme.