Nature & Environment

Many Plans to Curtail Use of Plastic Bags, but Not Much Action

WILLIAM YARDLEY The New York Times 24.02.2009
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SEATTLE — Last summer, city officials here became the first in the nation to approve a fee on paper and plastic shopping bags in many retail stores. The 20-cent charge was intended to reduce pollution by encouraging reusable bags.

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Is it true that elephants are artists? Can they really paint pictures of flowers, trees and even other elephants? Are they the only animals on Earth, apart from human beings, that can create pictorial images?


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A research that finds out how one of the subterranian ants structures looks like

Signs of the Times

Pavan Shamdasani HK-magazine 20.02.2009
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There is nothing more iconic in Hong Kong than a street full of neon signs—but increasingly more people are fed up with the pollution they cause, and the danger posed by their potential collapse. By Pavan Shamdasani.


Ditch those plastic bags every day

Timothy Chui The Standard 19.02.2009
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More than 2,000 stores are to implement a "no plastic bag" scheme seven days a week.

MTR upgrade shines light on energy-wasting city

Diana Lee The Standard 13.02.2009
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Hong Kong is two years behind the mainland in terms of using more environmentally friendly lighting, such as light-emitting diode streetlights, according to a research and development study into the MTR lighting system.


'Arctic unicorns' in icy display

Rebecca Morelle BBC News 11.02.2009
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Remarkable footage of elusive narwhal has been captured.

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Seven dead birds, found recently in Hong Kong, have all tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus.


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Mai Po Nature Reserve will be temporarily closed to visitors for 21 days, from today.

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Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau says the Government has commissioned a consultancy study to review the city's Indoor Air Quality Management Programme.


Thai mahouts ride tourist craze for elephants

Gillian Murdoch The Vancouver Sun 02.02.2009
Thai mahouts ride tourist craze for elephants

SURIN, Thailand- Trudging the city streets with a hungry four-tonne elephant at your heels is not a job for everyone. But add a cute baby, and tourists flock to pet and feed the grey-brown giants, making the plodding pachyderms more of an investme...

Dead birds found on Sha Lo Wan beach. Photo: RTHK.

Agriculture officials have collected more dead birds for testing from beaches at Sha Lo Wan and Sham Wat on Lantau Island.


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• Program expanded to take in vast, unknown depths • Data will add to awareness of climate change says firm

HK celebrates World Wetlands Day

news.gov.hk 02.02.2009
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The World Wetlands Day 2009 ceremony has been held to celebrate the success of the five-month Wetland Kaleidoscope educational and promotional programme at Hong Kong Wetland Park.


Scientist see holes in glacier at Alaska volcano

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Geologists monitoring Mount Redoubt for signs of a possible eruption noticed that a hole in the glacier clinging to the north side of the volcano had doubled in size overnight — and now spans the length of two football fie...

Bugs shine a light on reservoir pollutants

Timothy Chui The Standard 29.01.2009
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Light-emitting bacteria are being used to help the Water Supplies Department ensure Hong Kong reservoirs are not threatened by pollutants.


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Many people who worry about global warming hope that once emissions of heat-trapping gases decline, the problems they cause will quickly begin to abate.

Fortune Favors the Road

Winnie Yeung HK-magazine.com 23.01.2009
Fortune Favors the Road

A new road through Temple Street threatens the area’s historic fortune-tellers. By Winnie Yeung.


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Hong Kong's air pollution has again reached very high levels, with the roadside station in Central recording a level of 140 at one stage.

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Researchers have thawed ice estimated to be perhaps a million years old or more from above Lake Vostok, an ancient lake that lies hidden more than two miles beneath the frozen surface of Antarctica using novel genomic techniques to determine how t...



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