Islanders fight Shek Kwu Chau Incinerator Plan

The future of the government's plans to build a multi-billion dollar waste incinerator off Shek Kwu Chau has been thrown into uncertainty after legislators opposed the proposal. Opposition to the plan has been most vocal from green groups and residents on nearby Cheung Chau. But little has been heard from actual inhabitants of Shek Kwu Chau, who would live on the doorstep of the facility.

Hong Kong’s Recycling Business: Recycling More, Earning Less?

Recycling is not a profitable business in Hong Kong anymore. But landfills are filling up, so the government set up a $1-billion recycling fund this year to try and solve the issue before it gets out of control. We look at how the industry works in Hong Kong, and where it could be improved.

Walking in the City

Being caught in rush hour traffic in Central is no joke, and if you are a pedestrian, breathing the exhaust filled air is bad for your health. A group of researchers and scholars say there is another way - that we can create a Central free of cars, a walkable Central. Varsity learns more.

Heritage vs Development in HK’s Walled Villages

Hong Kong's remaining walled villages are an important part of the territory's heritage and history. But should the desire for preservation trump villagers' wishes to redevelop their homes?

A Blow to Social Enterprises

There are an increasing number of social enterprises in Hong Kong, but a new tender system for rental contracts has made it harder than ever for social enterprises to compete.

PMI: A Better Choice For Chinese Teachers?

As more and more schools choose to teach Chinese in Putonghua, many local teachers and teachers-to-be fear they will be passed over for teachers who speak Putonghua as their mother tongue. There are signs that some schools would rather hire native Putonghua speakers to teach Chinese even if they have no university training in Chinese language. But should this really be a criterion for picking Chinese teachers?

A Hong Kong Natural Treasure

The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China is part of the Global Geoparks Network. It will undergo its first midterm assessment by the UNESCO this July. Varsity meets the professionals and people who work at the Geopark to see whether it will keep its place on the list.

Enclaves – the Struggle over Development

The struggle between development and conservation is being played out in some of Hong Kong's most scenic and ecologically valuable spots - in ecological buffer zones called enclaves. These are plots of private land located inside country parks but excluded from their boundaries. We explain what enclaves are, how they came into being and take a look at some of the controversies surrounding their use.

Demolition of carparks to cause more congestion in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui

Private cars dominate Hong Kong’s major roads and parking spaces are in high demand, especially in commercial and tourist districts like Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. Government plans to demolish some major carparks in these areas will not only affect drivers but also change the overall traffic environment.

Reviving local agriculture in Hong Kong

Local farmers are struggling to compete against cheaper imports from the mainland. The Accredited Farm Scheme is supposed to help local farmers get better prices for their produce and encourage consumer confidence in locally grown fruit and vegetables. But not all farmers are convinced of the benefits.

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Too Many International School Places

It is a misconception that Hong Kong doesn’t have enough international school places. In fact, there are too many, says Ruth Benny from Top Schools.

Eating with Caution

With 8 per cent of Hong Kong children suffering from allergies, many parents avoid giving their kids many types of food. Varsity explores why this may not be a good measure and how some allergy tests available in the market are actually useless.

Telling Hong Kong’s Story

The mainland Chinese government is in charge of Hong Kong's foreign affairs, but some Hongkongers think their views are not being represented and have taken on "civic diplomacy" to tell the world about Hong Kong, through organising city tours, as well as musical performances and protests abroad.