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Handling stray cattle in the urban fringes


Urbanisation of Hong Kong has transformed not only the city, but also the natural habitats of animals. Many cattle and buffalo ploughing in paddy fields in the past are now left in the urban fringes, struggling to adapt to the new environment, and sometimes even getting killed in traffic accidents. There may be no perfect way to protect stray cattle from human activities, but are there any ways for city dwellers to live in harmony with these stray cattle?

Releasing animals: Giving them a new life or the ‘death penalty’?


As a religious practice, some people will release animals into the wild at Buddha's Birthday and Cheung Chau Bun Festival. However, this kind of practice has long been criticised by environmental organisations as potentially life-threatening for animals and even damaging the ecosystem. How does the religious sector respond to these critics? Is it feasible for the Government to regulate animal release via legislation? Are there any win-win solutions?

Polluter pays principle is part of the answer of reducing electronic waste


Selling of certain electrical appliances in Hong Kong will mean paying a recycling fee, according to the Government’s latest scheme. However, goods purchased overseas can be exempted. As online shopping is surging in popularity, will this arrangement become a potential loophole of the policy? Overseas practice in collecting similar surcharges may shed light on this potential problem.

Circular economy: Making reuse happen


To reduce the loss of valuable materials that end up in landfills, there are calls to include remanufacturing of products in the early design stages. Some countries and manufacturers have already put circular economy into practice, what can Hong Kong learn from it?

Is public-private partnership for nature conservation still feasible?


The Government has once again put forward the plan to partner with the private sector to conserve nature on private land. Since the launch of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Pilot Scheme in 2004, no project has been implemented so far. Will there be any breakthrough in the new plan?

Environmental protection policies need to consider cost to living


The public engagement document of ‘Promotion of Sustainable Consumption of Biological Resources’ shows that Hong Kong’s environmental protection policy is predominantly about education and propaganda, hoping rational consumers will act differently after acquiring the facts. However, a scholar has suggested that living habits, culture and social network also affect how we make choices. If those aspects are neglected, environmental protection efforts may run into a stone wall.

Bringing trees protection to the public’s attention


The collapse of a rooftop garden in The City University of Hong Kong has attracted public attention to the safety of urban greening. Tree management in urban areas is hampered by a lack of manpower. Apart from professionals, can we engage the public on tree inspection?

Is fly-tipping of construction waste a wake-up call to precious habitats protection?


Mai Po, renowned as a haven for migratory birds and identified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by the Government, has recently suffered from the fly-tipping of construction waste. The Centre’s weekly analysis looks into how government departments plan, control and coordinate to protect areas with high conservation value from being destroyed or developed.

Cold War: Is Hong Kong prepared to do battle with cold weather?


After shivering through the coldest day in Hong Kong since 1957, local residents are getting back to their normal routines. But is Hong Kong adequately prepared for the next chilly winter? This week, the Centre analyses the existing cold-weather measures for schoolchildren and the elderly to see if any improvements can be made.

Goodwill daunting: Allaying concerns over liability of donated food


Whilst in Hong Kong some people are struggling to put food on the table, tonnes of food are wasted every day. The idea of donating food to the needy ones provides win-win situation, but there are concerns about the accountability for food safety. The Centre’s weekly analysis takes a look at what could help ease their concerns.