sustainability in Hong Kong: safeguarding its future, Sharon Cullinane,
International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development
2004, Vol. 3, No.2 pp. 111 - 119.
By most definitions of sustainable transport, Hong Kong is currently at
the sustainable end of the spectrum because of its low levels of car ownership
and use and concomitantly high levels of use of public transport. This
paper argues, however, that there are two major threats to this position.
The first is the increasing extent of the integration with the Chinese
Mainland and the subsequent diminution of the strength of the borders
between Hong Kong and the Mainland. The second is the aspirations and
intentions of young Hong Kong residents to become car owners in the future.
Without increased measures to curb car ownership and use, it is argued
that the sustainability of Hong Kong's transport could easily decline,
leading particularly to massive problems of environmental pollution. Keywords:
transport sustainability; Hong Kong; car dependence; environmental pollution,
car ownership; sustainable transport. DOI: 10.1504/IJESD.2004.004698.
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are too much for Batman. Guardian 5 November 2007, p. 19
Filming of Batman in HongKong was cancelled because the water was too
polluted for the actors.