Weekly News Digest 30 January - 5 February 2016
Date: 05 February 2016
On wildlife conservation:
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:
Authorities are yet to reach a conclusion on the reason behind the mass fish deaths despite holding an inter-departmental meeting.
On land development:
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:
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 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:
Additional news in the Chinese-language press:
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.”