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No time to waste for trash bill
2021.02.22
Dugongs visit tourist-free waters
IT is rare to see a threatened species of sea mammal in the shallow waters of southern Thailand (泰國)but thanks to trav...
2020.05.07
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
News Word: Climate change
Climate changerefers to global temperature, rainfall, winds and other climate patterns that have changed, and it is beli...
2017.03.21
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
Silver tower to clean grey air
A DUTCH artist has found an artistic and novel way to combat smog in Beijing. He has built a seven-metre metal structure...
2016.10.04
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
School opens $2m green roof
THE first bio-engineered green roof that people can walk on has opened at a school in Wong Tai Sin. The roof at Lok Sin ...
2016.02.26
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
Climate change ‘to hit lifestyles’
THEerosionof wealth among the world’s middle class due to climate change is a threat to economic and social stability w...
2016.01.14
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
There is no Planet B
The huge scale of the recent climate summit reflects the urgent call to slow down climate change through a global effort...
2015.05.05
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
Beijing promises to tackle smog
CHINA is falling shortof its people’s expectations in battling smog, Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) said, one week after a...
2015.03.19
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
China smog film goes viral
AN online documentary on China’s notorious smog has become a viral sensation, with more than 155 million views just one...
2015.03.06
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
Clearer skies ahead for HK
HONG KONG’s air quality improved last year. In its latest preliminary comparison, the Environmental Protection Departme...
2015.03.02
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
2014 set to be hottest year
WITH temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the UN weather agency last week reject...
2014.12.08
A tree of problems
City dwellers love trees, probably because there are so few of them in the ‘jungle’ where they live, which is of the c...
2014.11.18
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
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
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
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
Taste the future
MEAT consumption worldwide has doubled in the last 20 years and it is expected to double again by 2050, according to a s...
2014.09.01
Plans for incinerator push on:Protesters fight to protect La...
LANTAU (大嶼山) residents and environmentalists have vowed to keep fighting to protect the island’s beaches and rich ec...
2014.05.30
Dirty air in subdivided flats Study: bacteria count is six t...
RESIDENTS of subdivided flats in Mong Kok (旺角) and Kwai Chung (葵涌) are exposed to six times the local standard bacte...
2014.05.26
Shark fin imports take a dive:WWF links greater awareness to...
SHARK fin imported to Hong Kong dropped a lot last year, mainly because of decreasing demand, World Wide Fund for Nature...
2014.04.11
Hikers show love for scenic bay: ‘Symbolic’ walk to suppor...
MORE than 100 hikers and supporters walked through Tai Long Sai Wan (大浪西灣) in Sai Kung (西貢) in a symbolic gesture ...
2013.12.04