Weekly News Digest 30 January – 5 February 2016
On wildlife conservation:
Wind farm project poses new threat to Hong Kong aquatic icon.
Southern Offshore Wind Power Development Co. Ltd., a unit of state-owned China Southern Power Grid Co.Ltd., is pressing ahead with the project despite its own environmental studies that show the waters in question are home to the endangered animal and other vulnerable species. Environmentalists are worried that the wind farm, about 10 kilometers off a marine sanctuary in Lantau and Soko Islands, will drive the animals from their habitat once construction starts.
On food safety:
Mass fish deaths reported again at Shing Mun River.
Authorities are yet to reach a conclusion on the reason behind the mass fish deaths despite holding an inter-departmental meeting.
On land development:
Protesters demand gov’t scrap Lantau development project as public consultation launched.
Members of Save Lantua Alliance demanded the government call off the Lantau development project on Sunday as Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po announced the launch of a public consultation on the issue in Mui Wo.
On nature conservation:
Groups protest at trade in shark fins.
Members from WildAid and Hong Kong Shark Foundation also urged the public not to eat shark fin soup in their Lunar New Year banquets this year.
Plastic paradise: Hong Kong’s packaging problem.
Plastic bag use has dropped since the government introduced a levy on them last year, but in a city where supermarkets routinely wrap individual fruit and vegetables, campaigners want legislation restricting packaging.
Government press release:
Steering Group on the Modification of Recycling and Refuse Collection Facilities in Public Places set up.
LCQ19: Improving roadside air quality
Additional news in the Chinese-language press:
Activists Call for End to Shark Fin Trade.
Activists from NGOs WildAid and the Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF), dressed in blood-stained shark costumes and lay on top of hundreds of real Chinese New Year banquet menus in Causeway Bay. Demonstrators also waved posters reading: “Say No To Shark Fin Soup Starting From Chinese New Year,” “Urge The Government To Ban Shark Fin Trade,” and “Stop Shipping Shark Fin.”