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  1. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    CO2 surge drove greenhouse gas levels to new high last year, says WMO

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 07:22pm by Reuters

    ... global records began, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Tuesday. “We know without any doubt that our climate is changing and our weather is becoming more extreme due to human ... dioxide, or CO 2, the primary greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, was 396.0 parts per million (ppm) last year, 2.9 ppm higher than in 2012, the largest year-to-year increase since 1984, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1588759/co2-surge-drove-greenhouse-gas-levels-new-high-last-year-says-wmo
  2. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Climate change puts polar bear and humans on collision course

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 08:21pm by GDN

    ... lump. "There could be a bear, or several bears, right there hiding in the willows and you wouldn't even know it," said Bob Windsor, of Manitoba Conservation. There had been three ... that are nutritionally stressed or otherwise desperate will try things that are risky," said Tom Smith, a wildlife biologist at Brigham Young University who studies human-bear interactions. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1368029/climate-change-puts-polar-bear-and-humans-collision-course
  3. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Planners blocked from village in mangrove row

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:55am by Ernest Kao

    ... is padlocked and stands about 1.8 metres high. Villagers blocked the path last month in protest over a new zoning plan that would add teeth to the SSSI status and, they say, harm their right to develop ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1585375/planners-blocked-village-mangrove-row
  4. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Burning rubbish worse for us and the planet than thought, study shows

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 02:56am by AP

    ... monoxide, mercury and tiny particulate matter that can dim the sun's rays or clog human lungs is produced. It includes the first country-by-country index of rough emissions estimates for both carbon dioxide and toxic pollutants linked to human disease, although researchers acknowledge the index is a "first draft" based on estimates and some measures could be off by 20-50 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581353/burning-rubbish-worse-us-and-planet-thought-study-shows
  5. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Villagers in Lantau destroy mangrove in bid to halt 'protected status' plan

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:31am by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Demonstrators in northern Lantau fear their rights to farm and build small houses will be restricted if area nearby gets protected status Villagers in zoning ... includes Pak Mong, Ngau Kwu Long and Tai Ho villages, fear their rights to farm and build small houses will be restricted if the restrictive development plans are agreed to. "Step by step, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580476/villagers-northern-lantau-destroy-mangrove-protest-over-potential
  6. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Toxic alert as Hong Kong suffers highest number of red tides in 26 years

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 05:24pm by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... "This is just like infectious diseases. The virus is always there; it just explodes … in the right conditions." Both Ho and Wu agreed that the flow of waste water from the Pearl River ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580362/hong-kong-suffers-most-red-tide-outbreaks-records-began-experts-warn
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Wolf attack on Xinjiang village leaves six injured

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 12:21pm by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... supplies run short. Casualties involving human are rarely reported in summer. The website quoted Professor Yang Weikang, biologist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, as saying that intensifying confrontations in Xinjiang between humans and wild animals in recent years have severely reduced the animals’ habitat and food supply. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1572753/six-injured-rare-xinjiang-wolf-attack
  8. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Shark sighting closes Lamma beaches for 24 hours

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 03:45pm by Jennifer Ngo

    ... and are not a threat to humans. A member of the species was spotted by a swimmer at Hung Shing Yeh Beach at about noon on Friday. Marine police and the Government Flying Service checked for other sharks ... sightings should be welcomed, not feared. "Given their smaller size, [spadenoses] feed on small fishes and pose very little danger to humans," Tracy Tsang from WWF said. Ocean Park ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1574904/shark-sightings-prompt-shutdown-beaches-lamma-island
  9. Lifestyle - Technology - ENVIRONMENT

    Miniscule midge survives in frozen Antarctic environment

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 01:14am by AFP

    ... undergone. But this midge's genome had only 99 million base pairs, compared for example to 105 million for the body louse or 3.2 billion for humans. "We suspect that it's somehow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1575009/miniscule-midge-survives-frozen-antarctic-environment
  10. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Shenzhen's reach for stars puts Deep Bay wetland birds at risk

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 06:24am by He Huifeng

    ... new enterprise-headquarters project will be right next to the wetland park- another commercial reclamation project in the Qiaocheng wetlands- and will become a new threat to the nearby Mai Po ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1575113/shenzhens-reach-stars-puts-deep-bay-wetland-birds-risk

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