Lifestyle

Malaysia's government is setting up a foundation to promote “Going Green”.
Shanghai residents can now register to recycle electrical appliances at their local Family Mart, Lawson or 7-11, according to the Shanghai Morning Post.
Pig
June 20, 2013
Recently it was reported that some beef balls sold in Hong Kong contained no cattle DNA, but were in fact made of pork. With significant public outcries to address the irregularities, the HKSAR Government responded with plans to follow up on the false labeling claims. Nevertheless, the incident reveals that little is known about the origin and production of food that is available in Hong Kong.
Air Pacific's shark scandal
May 15, 2013
Air Pacific, Fiji’s international airline, has been accused of hypocrisy for backing shark conservation for public relations while flying shark fins to HK. Last year the airline sponsored “Happy Hearts Love Sharks”, a contest run by the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, which was aimed at encouraging newlyweds to set an example by not serving dishes containing shark fin during wedding banquets. The international trade in shark fin, centered in Hong Kong, is blamed for decimating shark populations.
Read Full Story China may introduce a consumption tax on products that make heavy use of resources and cause pollution, according to the China Daily.
Hong Kong's Olypic Station development
March 05, 2013
Hong Kong should be a walker’s paradise. It is compact and dense, with a large number of amenities concentrated in a very small space. Few errands require the use of a car, and in fact over 90 percent of daily journeys occur on public transportation. Walk Score, a US-based website which calculates walkability based on the proximity and concentration of amenities in a neighborhood, gives much of urban Hong Kong scores of 70/100 or above. Moreover, Hong Kong has a vibrant street food and market culture, boasting areas with enough complexity and variety to keep people entertained for hours. Yet Hong Kongers do not seem to enjoy walking.
China aims to boost the annual output value of its resource recycling industry to 1.8 trillion yuan (USD287 billion) by 2015 as part of the country's bid to develop a circular economy, Xinhua reported this week.
China’s Ministry of Finance says it spent over 9 billion yuan (USD1.43 billion) last year promoting energy-saving products ranging from home appliances to hybrid vehicles.
With the launch of a five-year EcoCampus master plan the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is set to become an environmental conservation reference center for other higher learning institutions in Malaysia.
Philippine poison charms
As we prepare for the Year of the Snake, some lunar New Year charms and accessories, found in the Philippine capital, Manila, might not exactly bring good fortune. The Ecowaste Coalition, a consumer safety watchdog, has discovered dangerous chemicals in 28 lucky charms and accessories, including a fertility amulet with a high level of lead that ironically could induce miscarriage and premature childbirth.