Weekly News Digest 23 - 29 January 2016
Date: 29 January 2016
On wildlife conservation:
Over 98 percent of the 375 restaurants surveyed by the Hong Kong Shark Foundation serve the traditional dish, going against common assumptions that shark fin consumption is on the decline in the SAR.
A dolphin remained stranded in Tuen Mun's Gold Coast Yacht Club for a second day. A spokesperson for the AFCD said that the Department would discuss countermeasures with dolphin experts at Ocean Park, and reminded yacht owners not to disturb the animal.
The AFCD will increase the number of quarantine detector dogs to help customs keep a close eye on illegal importation and intensify crackdown on smugglers.
On climate change:
A former senior scientific officer at the Hong Kong Observatory, Eddy Lee, said on Monday that the extreme cold weather affecting the territory and other parts of the world was a result of worsening global warming.
WWF estimated that there are altogether 18,000 door-less fridges being used in retail stores. Fridges with doors, it said, can cut up to 40 percent of energy consumption.
On food safety:
The new regulations require companies that have no physical stores to apply for licenses and register their suppliers and their warehouses for inspection purposes. However, online sales of certain products such as sandwiches, cookies and cakes are exempt from the requirement.
On land development:
The Heung Yee Kuk rural concern group has published an open letter to Secretary for Development Chan Mo-po to clarify whether rights under the Small House Policy are protected under Article 40 of the Basic Law.
The final two occupants of a 600-year-old walled village in Kowloon have decided to leave a day before its scheduled demolition, as the Urban Renewal Authority can seek fines of up to HK$500,000 and six months imprisonment should they refuse to leave.
On nature conservation:
A think tank says sea urchins have been attracted to the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park by increased algae levels, which are linked to development in the surrounding Pak Sha O River Valley.
A cyclist was arrested by the police in August 2014 for riding his solar-powered bicycle on a road in Kwun Tong. He was fined HK$3,000 for driving an unregistered vehicle and had his driver’s license suspended for a year.
Nine in ten outdoor apparel products in a global study by Greenpeace contain perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a family of carcinogenic chemicals.
More than 40 volunteers braved the extremely cold weather to clean up a beach on Tung Lung Island over the weekend. The beach that was filled with rubbish is not accessible by road and team members had to abseil down a slope one by one to reach the target.
Government press release: