Weekly News Digest 18 October 2015
Date: 22 October 2015
The following are the key stories concerning environmental issues in Hong Kong for the week 12 - 18 October.
The annual Elephant Walk, organised by a local green that brings attention to the thousands of African elephants poached each year for their ivory.
China announced a one-year ban on imports of African ivory acquired as hunting trophies in the country's latest effort to fight wildlife poaching and trafficking.
On Animal Welfare:
Animal concern groups urged the authority of public housing to rethink the no-pets policy at public housing estates.
A recent study conducted by Prof. Amos P.K. Tai of the Earth System Science Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), discovered that regional warming in China alone over the past few decades might have worsened surface ozone air pollution, contributing to more deaths per year from respiratory diseases.
Local green groups joined together to give the Town Planning Board a proposal to convert Des Voeux Road Central into a tram and pedestrian precinct – a promenade without traffic noise, and without roadside air pollution.