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Hong Kong, "Argument Over Noise Leads to Arson and Assault" (Aug. 28, 1997). The Hong Kong Standard reports that a resident in Hong Kong set a building on fire and bit the ear of a fellow tenant after an argument about noise. The Court of First Instance heard the case on Wednesday, and sentencing was adjourned until September 9 pending a psychiatric report.
Hong Kong, "Hong Kong Residents Complain About Army Shooting Practice" (Oct. 29, 1997). The Ping Kuo Jih Pao of Hong Kong reports that residents in the New Territories have complained about shooting practice noise from the People's Liberation Army [PLA] Hong Kong Garrison. Recent shooting practice, conducted day and night, makes it difficult for them to get to sleep. Residents are also concerned about other dangers from the firing range. Despite their complaints, the police are at a loss to know what to do.
Hong Kong, "Seasonal Flight Paths at Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Shift Noise from Region to Region; Residents Take Turns Complaining about Noise" (Sep. 25, 1998). The Hong Kong Standard reports Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport shifts flight paths with the seasons, and affected residents everywhere complain of the noise.
Hong Kong, "Legislator's Half-Serious Proposition to Tear Down Hong Kong Stadium -- Which Has Flopped Because Noise Laws Prohibit Pop Concerts -- Re-Ignites Debate Between Noise Concerns and Economic Benefits" (Nov. 14, 1999). The South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong Stadium is used for international sports events, but promoters have been unwilling to book concerts there since they could be fined up to $300,000 for a noise violation that disturb nearby luxury apartment residents. Promoters were expected to take the chance of paying fines on occasion as a cost of doing business, but tests suggested that there would likely be consistent fines that would be more costly.
Hong Kong, "Hong Kong Government Proposal Designed to Evenly Distribute Noise by Limiting Night-Time Flight Activity to the Southern Runway Is Blocked by Southern Suburb" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Hong Kong Standard reports that one southern suburb near Hong Kon's Airport blocked a government plan to limit all night-time air traffic to the use of the South runway. The measure was intended to limit the noise in northern suburbs -- where the noise is generally louder -- by shunting it to the quieter suburbs in the south. The southern suburb disagreed, saying that "Residents in both [communities] can at least share the noise burden when both runways are used."
Hong Kong, "Hong Kong Tenants Consider Filing Lawsuit Against Landlord Over Construction Noise" (Apr. 9, 2000). The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong reports that most tenants in Kam Yuen mansions on Old Peak Road have decided to move from their apartments because of ongoing, intolerable construction noise in the buildings. During the construction, they have continued to pay $40,000 per month in rent, and some of them are now considering suing the landlord for $250,000 each for damages.
Hong Kong, "Hong Kong Residents Subjected to Thunderous Traffic Noise Daily; No End in Sight" (Mar. 12, 2000). The South China Morning Post reports that the noise from traffic, especially trucks, on Hong Kong streets keeps increasing. It is an annoyance and a health danger to residents, and computer models indicate that the problem will get much worse in coming years.
Hong Kong, "Planning Officer from Hong Kong's Civil Aviation Department Responds to Complaints About Airport Noise" (Mar. 29, 2000). The South China Morning Post printed a letter to the editor from a reader about excessive noise from a new airport in Hong Kong. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:
Hong Kong, Kowloon, "Hong Kong Airport to Move; Massive Truck Convoy Will Cause Massive Noise" (Dec. 1, 1997). The South China Morning Post reports that the Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, Hong Kong is scheduled to close next year, and the city is expected to thunder with early morning noise from heavy trucks making hundreds of trips as equipment is moved to the new Chek Lap Kok Airport.
Hong Kong, Kowloon City, "Hong Kong Airport Set to Close; Merchants Predict Losses, But Property Agents Expect Boom in Housing Market in the Area" (Nov. 30, 1997). The South China Morning Post reports that the Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon City, Hong Kong is set to close in 1998 when the new Chek Lap Kok Airport opens. The article says that some merchants near Kai Tak expect their businesses to hang on after the airport is gone, while others expect their businesses to fold. Meanwhile, property agents are gearing up for new residential housing in the area, which will be more popular when residents don't have to deal with aircraft noise.
Hong Kong, Sha Tin, "District Board Proposes Steeper Descent Into Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport" (Sep. 3, 1999). The South China Morning Post reports that the Sha Tin Provisional District Board's Health and Environment Committee is considering a proposal for steeper aircraft descents -- already used in Britain -- at Hong Kong's Check Lap Kok airport. A committee member said that hills in the area would make it harder to correct flight path deviations inherent in steeper approaches. Since the airport opened a second runway and began round-the-clock operation, noise complaints have increased. Since then, the most disruptive northeast approach has seen less use but has not been eliminated as the committee has demanded.
Honolulu, "Earth Is Noisy Planet Say Experts" (Jul. 8, 1999). The Christian Science Monitor reports that only 50 years ago, most of the Earth's noises were natural ones rather than technological. Today, however, the opposite may be true. According to the report, astronomers claim that radio waves from communications satellites interfere with their radio telescope observations. The article also reports that aquatic animals such as whales and dolphins are at risk because, according to National Geographic Society oceanographer, Sylvia Earle, our arrogance accompanies our technology; we have not studied the impact or consequence our technology has in the air or oceans.
Honolulu, "Sacramento County Developers May Have To Disclose Airport Noise to Buyers" (Jul. 8, 1999). According to the Sacramento Bee, the proposed Sunrise-Douglas development is near Mather Airport, and developers may be required to include an aviation disclosure statement to prospective buyers, informing them to expect aircraft noise since the development is near the airport.
Hungary, Budapest, "Man Says Bomb Threat Made out of Desperation for Peace and Quiet" (Oct. 20, 1998). AP Worldstream reports a man in Budapest, Hungary, admitted to making a bomb threat when noise from construction project drove him to desperation.
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