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New scheme to import IT talent
THE IT Bureau has launched a three-year pilot scheme to speed up the import of IT talents in the fields of biotechnology...
2018.05.16
Special shine on reservoirs
THE Water Supplies Department (水務署) is looking into installing floating solar panels at various reservoirs.Pilot sola...
2018.05.14
Water bottles no longer stocked
SOME vending machines at governmental sports and leisure facilities have stopped selling small water bottles since late ...
2018.03.05
Ozone in air at worrying level
THE amount of ozone in the air is the highest in 18 years after shooting up 31 percent in 2017, the Environmental Protec...
2018.01.23
Power bill to rise 1.9 percent
HOUSEHOLDS across the SAR will have to pay 1.9 percent more for their electricity starting 2018. Hongkong Electric will ...
2018.01.03
Solar-powered cafe brewing
HONG Kong’s fi rst completely solar-powered mobile cafe was launched. It first visited an Admiralty (金鐘) shopping mal...
2017.11.28
Country parks dropping bins
ALL rubbish bins in country parks will be removed by the year’s end, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department...
2017.10.13
Electric-car support investigated
THE Ombudsman (申訴專員) has launched an investigation into the government’s plans for electric vehicle facilities, as ...
2017.10.09
Housing near parks studied
A FEASIBILITY study for building public housing and homes for the elderly on the edges of two country parks should inclu...
2017.05.24
Footbridge to create electricity
A TEAM of eight university students designed a footbridge system where people walking on it can generate electrical ener...
2017.05.23
Hong Kong leads in over-shopping
OVER-SHOPPING of clothing and accessories has become an international phenomenon, and Hong Kong is the worst, followed b...
2017.05.11
Judge rules in favour of nature
IN a major victory for the protection of Hong Kong’s natural spaces, the court has ordered the government to reconsider...
2017.05.05
Climate change attracts smog
GLOBAL warming has boosted the frequency and severity of deadly air pollution in northern China, scientists say. Toxic p...
2017.03.27
Waste bag scheme set for 2019
A FAMILY of three will have to pay about HK$36 to HK$52 a month when the government’s waste charging scheme kicks off i...
2017.03.24
Alliance fights to save parks
ACTIVIST groups and politicians are petitioning the government to keep its hands off urban parks in the wake of a propos...
2017.02.06
$25 bln a year on new clothes
HONGKONGERS are splashing out billions of dollars a year on new clothes, with one in six people having the potential to ...
2017.01.27
Call for electric bus switch
HONG Kong needs 100 electric buses and 100 electric minibuses to help cut current air pollution levels with the vehicles...
2017.01.26
HK is worst in Asia on e-waste
ELECTRONIC waste is rising sharply across Asia and Hong Kong is the biggest generator in the region. A UN study found th...
2017.01.19
Public help urged for ‘smart city’
SOME Chinese University academics want people to take part in the collection of big data on air pollution, health and ur...
2017.01.11
Greens seek paper-towel cut
MORE effort is needed to reduce wastage of paper towels in shopping mall toilets, says the environmental group World Gre...
2016.12.09
$5,000 fine over 50-cent bag
A GROCERY store that failed to charge 50 cents when staff gave out plastic shopping bags was fined HK$5,000 at Kwun Tong...
2016.12.06
Cash ‘wasted’ on new coal plants
CHINA could waste as much as US$490 billion (HK$3.82 trillion) on unnecessary new coal-fired power stations, according t...
2016.12.02
Surprise find in woman’s bag
AUSTRALIAN police uncovered a baby koala hidden in the bag of a woman they stopped in the street. The 50-year-old, who w...
2016.11.11
Weather woes for butterflies
EXTREME weather conditions are threatening butterflies in Britain, according to a study published in the Journal of Anim...
2016.11.03
Microplastics threaten nature
SOME of Hong Kong’s popular cosmetic brands sell products that contain small plastic particles known to damage the envi...
2016.10.18
Whale hunters face new weapon
THE conservation group Sea Shepherd Global has a new weapon to save whales. It is a ship called Ocean Warrior which will...
2016.10.06
Deepest underwater cave found
THE world’s deepest underwater cave has been discovered in the east of the Czech Republic (捷克共和國). The cave, calle...
2016.10.05
Summer outside, winter inside
SOME local shopping malls are turning summer into winter by setting their air conditioning temperature too low. The envi...
2016.09.16
Biofuels get the all-clear
Bioenergy produced from crops does not put food supplies at risk, according to researchers funded by the US government, ...
2016.06.20
Mirrors blamed for fire at US solar plant
A FIRE took place at the world’s largest solar power plant in the United States. The fire was small and was put out soo...
2016.05.25
April breaks heat records
LAST month was the hottest April in modern history, marking the 12th consecutive month that global heat records have bee...
2016.05.23
Local use of paper towels excessive
Hong Kong people are using too many paper towels, which is hurting the environment. A survey found each local citizen us...
2016.05.12
Pay up for plastic bottle disposal
MANUFACTURERS of plastic bottles should be made to pay for their disposal, a green group says. Green Earth (綠惜地球) sa...
2016.04.26
PolyU creates best solar cell yet
Polytechnic University (理工大學) has developed solar cells with the world’s highest power conversion efficiency. The t...
2016.04.18
Satellites misreport climate data for years
Scientists have been warning about global warming and its serious effects, but some people just will not believe it. The...
2016.03.09
Nuclear dilemma for Beijing
CHINA is coming to a crossroads as it hurriedly increases nuclear power production to cope with rising electricity deman...
2016.01.19
Prepare to pay more for power
THOUSANDS of power plants worldwide face sharp reductions in electricity output by mid-century due to more frequent heat...
2016.01.07
Industry against $1 glass bottle levy
A levy on glass beverage bottles should not exceed 50 HK cents, while the proposed charge of HK$1 would cost the industr...
2015.12.04
Electric dream set to hit road
THE iconic trams may soon have a silent partner – electric buses. The idea of fume-free buses was mooted by the Hong Ko...
2015.10.30
Thumbs up for green power drive
CHINA is urging its top wind and solar power production provinces to prioritise transmission of renewable energy over co...
2015.10.26
Climate change threatens 700m
FINANCE ministers from 20 of the countries most vulnerable to climate change launched the ‘V20’ group last Thursday to...
2015.10.14
Easier road ahead for green cars
CHINA wants to speed construction of a national network to charge electric cars to help reach an ambitious goal of five ...
2015.10.08
Trees adopt survival strategy
TREES, crucial absorbers of climate-harming carbon dioxide gas, may finally be baulking at an ever-earlier spring season...
2015.09.29
Energy-saving plans revealed
THE first energy-saving blueprint for Hong Kong has been unveiled, in an effort to reduce the city’s energy intensity b...
2015.05.20
The root cause of the greenhouse effect
When protesters gathered at a climate change summit, they made an unexpected claim – that capitalism is actually to bla...
2015.05.05
Climate change ‘devastating’
GLOBAL governments must dig deep to combat climate change, the World Bank (世界銀行 ) chief said last Thursday, describi...
2015.04.28
Ocean wealth eroding fast
ECONOMIC output by the world’s oceans is worth US$2.5 trillion (HK$19.5 trillion) a year, rivalling nations such as Bri...
2015.04.27
US, China top e-waste dumpers
THE United States (美國 ) and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as mobile phones, hair...
2015.04.24
Radiation reaches Canada’s coast
RADIATION from Japan’s (日本) 2011 Fukushima (福島) nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North...
2015.04.13
Solar-powered plane takes off
TWO pilots attempting the first flight around the world in a solar-powered plane began the maiden leg of their voyage on...
2015.03.13
Si2 on record-breaking tour
TWO pilots attempting the first flight around the world in a solar-powered plane began the maiden leg of their voyage on...
2015.03.12
Nuclear energy in the balance
With governments under pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear power seems to be an obvious alternative. Bu...
2015.03.10
Alliance urges war on animal traps
TWENTY-TWO animal concern groups have banded together to combat the use of animal traps that maimed at least 13 animals ...
2015.03.06
Green deck proposed in Hung Hom
POLYTECHNIC University (PolyU, 理工大學) has proposed the building of a HK$5 billion Green Deck (「綠化平台」 ) above th...
2015.03.04
Japan’s nuclear plant reboot
JAPAN’S (日本) government is aiming to restart a nuclear reactor by around June. The move follows a lengthy and politic...
2015.02.11
Neon glow gives villagers blues
NOT all beautiful things are good – some are caused by pollution! Environmental groups and residents have expressed con...
2015.01.30
Dangers sprouting in the city
City dwellers love trees, probably because there are so few of them in the concrete jungle they live in. But does the at...
2014.11.18
Throw out bad habits
Disposing of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Hong Kong is a serious problem. According to statistics, the government esti...
2014.11.04
Rare northern white rhino dies
A NORTHERN white rhino has died in Kenya (肯雅), a wildlife conservancy said recently, leaving just six left alive and b...
2014.10.27
探討野生動物瀕危與人類關係
新聞議題練習紙背景世界自然基金會(WWF)發表最新的《地球生命力報告》,顯示自一九七○年起,全球野生動物的數目減少超過一半,與此同時,...
2014.10.22
Nature’s chain reaction
Humans share planet Earth with countless species out there, each one closely linked with the other. As biodiversity shri...
2014.10.21
資本主義 暖化元兇?
極地冰川融化、海平面升高、棲息地消失、極端天氣大增,氣候危機正為全球帶來前所未有的威脅。9月23日,聯合國在美國紐約召開氣候峰...
2014.10.15
Blue LED inventors get Nobel nod
YOUR smartphone screen uses Nobel prize (諾貝爾獎) winning technology! Three Japanese(日本的 )-born researchers won the ...
2014.10.13
Japanese Mount Ontake erupts
AT least 36 people are feared to have died after a Japanese (日本的) volcano erupted without warning on 27 September, ra...
2014.10.07
Little mercy for released animals
A SWIMMER was recently bitten by a big fish. The ‘attacker’ was believed to be a giant grouper. These fish are usually...
2014.10.07
Warning on climate change
TENS of thousands of activistswalked through Manhattan (曼哈頓), New York City (紐約市) on Sunday, warning that climate ...
2014.09.26
Red light alert on glow sticks
GLOW sticks should be avoided when celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) as they are a big source of waste and pose a...
2014.09.18
A mountain of waste
The Hong Kong government’s proposals to expand landfills and build an incinerator so as to deal with the growing waste ...
2014.09.16
解開物種消失之謎
一九九三年,多國簽署《生物多樣性公約》,以保護生物多樣性,讓生物資源得以永續發展,聯合國其後更將5月22日定為國際生物多樣性日。可...
2014.05.21
探討香港文物保育與城市發展
背景 埋在香港地下的千年文物,最近因港鐵沙中綫工程得以重見天日,工人施工期間,數度掘出宋元時期的方形古井,以及3700件出土文物和200...
2014.05.21
「過期食品」不能食用?
圖片所說的是甚麼事? 食品的日期標籤主要分為「最佳食用日期」(best before date)及「此日期前食用」(use by date)兩大類,香港地球之友...
2014.05.19
南極炫富之旅
圖中的是甚麼人? 上圖的集體照是到訪南極的中國旅客。根據國際南極旅遊組織行業協會(IAATO)統計,全球南極旅客數目正急劇增長,由十年前...
2014.05.19
食水加價 飲水思危
食水是珍貴的天然資源,取之不易。但港人普遍不知水「貴」,以為扭開水喉,食水就會源源不絕;本地低廉的水費,亦因為有巨額公帑補貼,未能反...
2014.05.07
港減燃煤倡環保 改用內地供電 變相污染?
本港燃煤發電機組將於二○一七年起陸續退役,為了應付愈來愈高的電力要求,及配合早前訂定的減排目標,政府提出兩個新能源組合方案,諮詢...
2014.04.07
速食時裝背後
香港不負購物天堂的美譽,處處大型購物商場,商場內總有一家連鎖式時裝店在左右。ZARA 、H&M 、UNIQLO、Cotton On、GAP……相信你我...
2014.03.26