Water

Cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes: The vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami that's floating towards U.S. West Coast

A vast field of debris, swept out to sea following the Japan earthquake and tsunami, is floating towards the U.S. West Coast, it has emerged. More than 200,000 buildings were washed out by the enormous waves that followed the 9.0 quake on March 11...

One must take shorter showers, says Charles: Prince urges British families to 'snub the bathtub'

Prince Charles has told British families to take shorter showers to help protect the environment. The instruction came at the end of a list of 20 lifestyle changes recommended by the Prince of Wales for his new green campaign, Start.


Riverwall set for Tai O

news.gov.hk 17.09.2009
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The risk of flooding in Wing On Street, Tai O, during high tides in average meteorological conditions will be alleviated upon the completion of a riverwall, Chief Executive Donald Tsang says.

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


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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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...


Beach Please

Rick Gangwani and John Robertson HK-magazine.com 12.12.2008
Beach Please

Rick Gangwani and John Robertson question if the construction of a beach in Tai Po is worth the environmental cost.

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SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean court Wednesday jailed the Indian captain and chief officer of a Hong Kong supertanker after ruling they were partly to blame for the country's worst oil spill, Yonhap news agency reported.


China holds first int'l drill to curb marine pollution

China has called for closer co-operation with its neighbors to protect the marine environment from the growing risk of oil spills due to booming transportation of the resource.

Water at 10 beaches rated 'good'

news.gov.hk 01.08.2008
Water at 10 beaches rated 'good'

Water quality at 10 beaches has been rated 'good' for this weekend by the Environmental Protection Department, with 21 'fair' and two 'poor'.


Undersea volcanic rock could house greenhouse gases, scientists say

U.S. scientists say an ocean-floor bed of volcanic rocks southwest of Vancouver Island could act as a natural storage facility for millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide gas.

Wisconsin Dells lake disappears

E.A. Torriero Chicago Tribune 12.06.2008
Wisconsin Dells lake disappears

LAKE DELTON, Wis. - One of the most scenic getaways for Chicagoans is devastated. Weekend rains of biblical proportions dumped so much water into Lake Delton that it literally burst its banks. Tens of thousands of gallons of lake water barreled th...


Drainage disinfection: Assistant Director of Drainage Services Tai Tak-him (second right) exchanges documents with Jardine Engineering.

The Drainage Services Department has awarded a $124 million contract for ultraviolet disinfection facilities for Sha Tin and Tai Po Sewage Treatment Works. The project will be completed in December 2009.

10 Deepest Lakes on Earth

Alex Ion Environmental Graffiti 05.06.2008
10 Deepest Lakes on Earth

Have you ever swam out in a deep lake and not been able to see the bottom? All you can feel is the freezing cold water beneath your feet, all you see is darkness extending to infinity. There is nothing wrong with being afraid of deep water even i...


Cantwell, Inslee focus on acidic oceans at Seattle hearing

Warren Cornwall The Seattle Times 28.05.2008
Cantwell, Inslee focus on acidic oceans at Seattle hearing

Move over, global warming. There's a new environmental anxiety on the block: acidic oceans. Days after scientists announced finding unusually acidic ocean water in shallow areas off the West Coast, Sen. Maria Cantwell and a fellow Washington Democ...

21 beaches 'good' for this weekend

Water at 21 beaches has been rated "good" and 11 "fair", according to the Environmental Protection Department's latest grading of beach water quality.


The “French Chernobyl”

Environmental Graffiti 25.02.2008
The Rhone near Ardeche. Photo by PRA.

Years of unchecked pollution in France’s Rhone River have taken their toll with the recent discovery of PCB levels at 10-12 times the safe limit in the river’s fish. The discovery has led to a ban on fish from the river, prompting many to wonder a...

Coca-Cola Urged to Close an Indian Plant to Save Water

AMELIA GENTLEMAN The New York Times 18.01.2008
Coca-Cola Urged to Close an Indian Plant to Save Water

NEW DELHI — A leading environmental research group based here has asked Coca-Cola to consider shutting down a bottling plant in the drought-stricken state of Rajasthan, saying that the plant is depleting scarce water supplies.