My colleague was at my home in Clearwater Bay on Saturday night. We had drinks on the rooftop and she was very surprised to see stars in the sky. She’d been living in Hong Kong a year and hadn’t seen any stars at night. Seems Hong Kong has the world’s worst light pollution.
70 percent of citizens live unhappy lives
According to the results of a survey by Hong Kong Shue Yan University, 70 percent of respondents live unhappy, or “painful”, lives. Respondents with an overall “painfulness” index reading of at least 2.85 were judged to be unhappy. The most unhappy people were those with monthly family incomes of HK$10,000 to HK$19,999. They were even more unhappy than those with monthly family incomes of less than HK$5,000. An academic has commented that the survey indicates a hole in the government’s policymaking, which overlooks the effects of housing prices and inflation on citizens with average incomes. Separately, a Citibank survey has found that Hong Kong has 601,000 cash millionaires, with the highest percentage of respondents having improved their status through investments in property.
The worst light pollution is at the Space Museum
A Hong Kong University survey has found that the brightness of the night sky in city areas of Hong Kong is 100 to 1,200 times international standards. The brightest location was at the Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui. In that spot, the sky is as bright as if 100 street lights were illuminating the sky. The survey organizers say that the results are shocking. They have called on the government to put in place regulations that would force lights to be extinguished in certain places by certain times. In response, Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing has said that, by the middle of this year, a government task force will complete an analysis of light pollution and that it will consider “regulatory elements”. He did not explain what those elements might include.
Lau Wong-fat says he is willing to mediate in the Choi Yuen Village dispute
The controversy over usage rights to the access road to Choi Yuen New Village may soon be resolved. Heung Yee Kuk Chairman Lau Wong-fat has said that the problem is about “hot air” and not about money. He noted that the villagers should consider their attitude when asking for permission to use the road. Specifically, he expressed his belief that if Choi Yuen Village Concern Group Chairperson Ko Chuen-heung, who recently pounded on a table during a meeting, politely apologized, 80 percent of the problem would be solved. Lau also said that he was willing to meet with the villagers and serve as a mediator.