(By Anna Beech, Senior Project Manager) – China is the largest consumer of ivory and its demand is bringing the African and Asian elephants to the point of extinction. According to the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency, all wild elephants will be wiped out in the next five to 10 years if poaching and habitat loss continue at the present rate.
Hong Kong has a vital role in all this. A report to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) says that Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Hong Kong accounted for 60 per cent of large-scale seizures since 2009, totalling 41.1tonnes. As both a demand city and also one of the largest transit points where elephant parts are redirected elsewhere, usually mainland China, Hong Kong is at the forefront of this battle to halt the ivory trade. (more…)
(By Michelle Wong, Communications Manager)The Mong Kok pedestrian precinct has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The attempted prosecution of street buskers SMS was one and the swearing incident involving primary school teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze was another. Both cases posed the same problem to residents – noise pollution.
Noise is all around us in Hong Kong. Over6,000 such complaints were made last year, second only to the more than 13,000 complaints about air pollution. (more…)
Freda Fung, consultant with Civic Exchange – Last week, the Environmental Protection Department announced details of a subsidy programme to replace catalytic converters and oxygen sensors on taxis and minibuses that are run on liquefied petroleum gas, and said that a more rigorous emission-testing regime for petrol and LPG vehicles will be implemented next April.
DATE: 6 Aug 2013 FILED UNDER: Environment, Highlights, Index_Publications, Issues, News, Publications, Research Reports
This report provides an overview of the role of inspection and maintenance in a comprehensive vehicular pollution control strategy, compares Hong Kong’s current inspection and maintenance programme with international best practices, and suggests ways to improve the current programme. Download full report (more…)
DATE: 2 Aug 2013 FILED UNDER: About Us, Annual Reports, Annual Reports, Index_Publications, Publications
2012 was a year of change, not only for Hong Kong’s political arena, but also for Civic Exchange. We sadly bid farewell to our colleagues Christine Loh and Mike Kilburn, while we continued our policy research work and stakeholder engagement initiatives. We embarked on a new project that looked at how walkable Hong Kong is, and we also started a project on Hong Kong’s energy mix with the goal of further increasing the Hong Kong public’s energy literacy. In 2012, we took steps to further build our capacity in nature conservation and water resources management. We continued our work in gender studies as well as students with disabilities in Hong Kong. Download full report (5 MB)
DATE: 1 Aug 2013 FILED UNDER: Environment, Index_Publications, Issues, News, Publications, Research Reports
This paper aims to look into what actions the California Air Resources Board has taken to move towards a smog-free environment, with specific focus on the California Smog Check Program and the Standardized Testing and Reporting Smog Check Program. Download full report