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Ernest Kao


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Past articles by Ernest:

Luxury hotel Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong fined HK$15,000 for pumping grease-filled waste water into city’s sewers

Operator hit with penalty at court on Thursday, after oil and grease found in concentrations 3.8 times the upper limit on its discharge licence → Read More

Two porpoise carcasses found on separate Hong Kong shores, bringing number of cases this year to 15 – an alarming trend, green groups warn

Two porpoise carcasses were found on separate Hong Kong shores on Sunday, bringing the total number of stranded cases involving the marine animal to 15 this year – a figure that was alarming, conservationists warned.... → Read More

Is Hong Kong’s fishing industry being thrown a lifeline and will the farmers take the bait?

Farmers left furious by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department’s plan to tighten licensing requirements → Read More

Hong Kong police investigate damage to overhead power cable that disrupted service on East Rail line

Services on the MTR East Rail line were disrupted on Sunday morning because of damage to an overhead power cable by a piece of handrail, which Hong Kong police believe was an act of vandalism.... → Read More

How Hong Kong electricity company CLP is saving millions of dollars, and potentially lives, with HK$80,000 drones at Tuen Mun’s Castle Peak Power Station

Vincent Yan Kwok-hung’s childhood dream was to fly planes. Things did not quite work out the way he had imagined – he is now an engineer at power utility CLP – but he takes comfort in the fact he has made it halfway – with drones.... → Read More

How your smartphone battery can power the re-industrialisation of Hong Kong’s economy – and here are the entrepreneurial brothers who want to make it happen

Eric Wong, the man behind Fotomax, has come out of retirement to work on a process for reusing lithium-ion batteries → Read More

Family reunions, festive meals and last-minute shopping as Hongkongers prepare to usher in Year of the Pig

Hong Kong has been celebrating Lunar New Year’s Eve with family reunions, festive meals and last-minute shopping as the city prepares to usher in the Year of the Pig.... → Read More

Hong Kong news reporter takes police chief to court over alleged assault by officers during Mong Kok riot

A Hong Kong news reporter is pursuing a legal claim against the city’s police chief over an alleged assault on him by officers while covering the Mong Kok riot three years ago.... → Read More

Hong Kong man drowns during night dive off Po Toi island, in second such incident this year

Diver, in his 40s, rushed back to shore but was later certified dead in hospital despite attempts at emergency resuscitation, police said → Read More

Hong Kong authorities set to ramp up fight against air pollution from ships by flying drones to monitor emissions

Hong Kong environmental inspectors will take to the skies to police the city’s waters with drones to help enforce a new law requiring ships to burn cleaner marine fuels.... → Read More

Why energy-efficient buildings should lead Hong Kong’s quest to reduce carbon emissions

Hong Kong’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases should be centred on energy-efficient buildings as the power sector will play a smaller role in cutting emissions in about a decade.... → Read More

Critical roles played by Hong Kong researchers on China’s Chang’e 4 mission to far side of the moon

January 3 was a nerve-racking day for Professor Yung Kai-leung and his team at Polytechnic University’s industrial and systems engineering department.... → Read More

Express rail train taken out of service after passenger intercepted in Hong Kong with suspected Mers symptoms

An express rail train was taken out of service on Sunday night after a passenger suspected to be suffering from the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) was intercepted in Hong Kong.... → Read More

Seventeen injured, driver trapped after green minibus flips onto side on Hong Kong motorway

A green minibus flipped onto its side on a motorway in Hong Kong's New Territories on Monday morning, injuring 17 people, including the driver. ... → Read More

With new state-of-the-art manufacturing centre facing ‘overwhelming’ tenant response, can Hong Kong find space for innovation sector?

The operator of Hong Kong’s science park will consider building more advanced manufacturing facilities to accommodate future needs as demand for space at a planned project in Tseung Kwan O is likely to outstrip supply.... → Read More

What Hong Kong can learn from an old Berlin airport on bottom-up city planning

Tempelhof Field in south-central Berlin is the first stop Jonas Schorr shows to visitors, as an example of how bottom-up city planning ties into the development of a smart city.... → Read More

Hong Kong could get less polluted winter thanks to El Niño, as weather effect brings less mainland Chinese smog

Hong Kong could experience a less polluted winter than normal if a strong enough El Niño weather effect whips up in the Pacific Ocean towards the end of what is typically the smoggiest season of the year, findings from a new study suggest.... → Read More

University of Hong Kong students and staff united in desire to remove city’s leader as chancellor

Students and staff at Hong Kong’s oldest university started the new year with a joint appeal to the governing council to remove the chancellor’s powers to appoint members and select its chairman behind closed doors.... → Read More

Pay, politics and positivity on the minds of Hongkongers as 2019 beckons

Politics, pay and positivity were on the minds of Hongkongers as they reflected on a year of ups and downs and prepared to welcome 2019 with new hopes and aspirations.... → Read More

Industrial waste in landfills up a fifth as China-bound rubbish piles high in Hong Kong

The amount of industrial waste ending up in Hong Kong’s landfills rose by a fifth last year as mainland China began shutting out waste imports from around the world, the latest official figures show.... → Read More