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  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Technology
The Importance Of Anthropogenic Vapors On Haze Pollution Over Hong Kong And Mainland China’s Megacities
27/05/2022
Division of Environment and Sustainability Assistant Prof. WANG Zhe has collaborated with international scientists to reveal the significant roles of anthropogenic low-volatility organic vapors on the secondary organic aerosols formation in four megacities in China, providing new insights for effectively mitigating urban air pollution issues.
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  • Environment & Sustainability
Macao, Hong Kong Must Fundamentally Rethink Tourism Trade
26/05/2022
Division of Environment and Sustainability Chief Development Strategist Prof. Christine LOH wrote an article on how Hong Kong and Macau could promote sustainable tourism.
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  • Public Policy
  • Social Changes and Health
The Population Conundrum
21/05/2022
Division of Public Policy Prof. Stuart GIETEL-BASTEN spoke on a broadcast program on global population change that simply having more babies would not efficiently fix the population aging and decline issues, adding that we have to define and specify the challenges more carefully and fix them at the source, such as pension system, social care crises, and labor productivity. Separately, in an article on China’s zero-COVID strategy, Prof. GIETEL-BASTEN said that the Chinese government may still view harsh lockdown restrictions as more acceptable than forcing the elderly to get vaccinated.
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Technology
HKUST Develops New Multifunctional Hydrogel for Odor and Microbial Control in Hong Kong’s Drainage and Flushing Systems
19/05/2022
In a press conference, a research team led by Prof. YEUNG King-Lun from Division of Environment and Sustainability introduced the team’s latest development of two multifunctional hydrogels – MOC hydrogel, which has been applied to different drainage sites in HK and proven effective in treating odor problems, and AMGel, which is now being trialled at public housing blocks and is proven effective in killing 95% of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and 99% of the Omicron in flush water.
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  • Student Bonding & Development
New Flexible UG Program at IPO
18/05/2022
The new UG program BSc in Sustainable and Green Finance (SGFN), jointly offered by The Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) and The School of Business and Management (SBM), and the new Extended Major “Digital Media and Creative Arts” are mentioned at the article on HKUST’s flexible academic programs and latest admission score calculation mechanism.
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  • Public Policy
  • Social Changes and Health
China’s Covid Exit Hinges on Seniors Who Don’t Want Vaccines
17/05/2022
In an article on Mainland’s inclination to combat the pandemic through lockdown and mass testing than boosting the lagging elderly inoculation rate, Division of Public Policy Prof. Stuart GIETEL-BASTEN said the Chinese government may still view the restrictions as more acceptable than forcing the elderly to get vaccinated.
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  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Public Policy
Sustainable development to guide John Lee’s initiatives
05/05/2022
Division of Environment and Sustainability Chief Development Strategist Prof. Christine LOH wrote an article on the issues that sole CE candidate John LEE has to deal with if he becomes the city’s leader.
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  • Public Policy
  • World Relations
Singapore’s next leader faces challenge to be friend of both east and west
30/04/2022
In an article on the diplomatic challenges that the new Singaporean Prime Minister will face as the city-state has to choose between the East and the West, Division of Public Policy Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW said there is a big overlap between those who are more skeptical of the western world order and those who may have not benefited much from globalization. He added that it takes time to observe if the new administration could find the right balance between the two worlds.

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  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Technology
Anti-Microbial Hydrogel Technology's Trial Run in Public Housing Estates
28/04/2022
An anti-microbial hydrogel technology developed by Division of Environment and SustainabilityITB Prof. YEUNG King-Lun and funded by Innovation and Technology Bureau for use in flush water was applied to three public housing estates for trial run, and has been proven effective in reducing more than 95% of viable microbes and inactivating more than 99% of viral particles in toilet flushing water for up to 60 days. The technology will have a chance to be applied to other public housing estates if the trial run is successful.
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  • Innovation & Technology
HK’s technological solution to the challenges posed by the pandemic
24/04/2022
In a media interview on Hong Kong’s I&T development prospect, Secretary for Innovation and Technology Bureau Mr. Alfred SIT cited the new anti-microbial coating MAP-∞ developed by a team led by Division of Environment and Sustainability Prof. YEUNG King-Lun as a recent example of HK’s technological solution to the challenges posed by the pandemic.


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  • Social Changes and Health
Face masks vs coronavirus: How effective are they?
19/02/2020
Prof. Joseph KWAN, Adjunct Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR), compared the use and function of N95 respirators to surgical masks in an article on France24.com
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  • Social Changes and Health
Sinophobia: How a virus reveals the many ways China is feared
20/02/2020
Prof. Donald LOW, Professor of Practice of Division of Public Policy (PPOL) & Prof. Barry SAUTMAN, Visiting Professor of Division of Social Science (SOSC) commented on the growing discrimination against Chinese nationals amid the Covid19 outbreak.
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  • World Relations
Coronavirus cooperation shows how the world is getting better at hunting down disease
24/02/2020
Prof. Christine LOH,Chief Development Strategist of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR), wrote an article on the global collaboration in tackling the new coronavirus crisis on SCMP.
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  • Social Changes and Health
DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers making own masks amid shortages
24/02/2020
Prof. Joseph KWAN, Adjunct Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) shared his thought about the importance of wearing masks in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus in various media.
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  • Public Policy
Disease control centers integrates into public policy
26/02/2020
Prof. Ye QI , Director of Institute for Public Policy (IPP) and his team recently published a research paper which advocates the integration of disease control centers into the government policy making process.
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  • Environment & Sustainability
Deadly heat wave may hit South Asian countries this century
06/03/2020
Prof. Eun Soon IM, Assistant Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) shared her study which found that deadly heat wave may hit Bangladesh, India and Pakistan by the end of the century.
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  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Technology
A breath of fresh air: Pollution in China drops
11/03/2020
Prof. HE Guojun, Assistant Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) shared that his research results about the air pollution in Mainland China and the government’s coal subsidizing scheme.
  • Public Policy
Covid-19 and Climate Change Have a lot More in Common Than You Think
13/03/2020
Prof. WU Xun , Head of Division of Public Policy (PPOL) & Prof. Donald LOW, Professor of Practice of PPOL discussed the difference between people’s response to Covid-19 and climate change.
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  • Public Policy
Policy Development on Coronavirus
16/03/2020
Prof. WU Xun , Head of Division of Public Policy (PPOL) & Prof. Donald LOW, Professor of Practice of PPOL discussed the factors to consider when developing policies on coronavirus.
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  • Public Policy
Delina Authors New Paper on Philippine Indigenous Peoples’ Environmental Dissent
20/03/2020
Prof. Laurence DELINA, Assistant Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) recently published a research paper on indigenous people’s dissent against state and corporate incursions on their land.