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  1. China calls for credit for curbing population

    Posted Dec 12th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai The Copenhagen summit should formally credit the mainland's population control measures, such as the one-child policy, for mitigating the human impact ... desperately seeking advantages in bringing down their emissions figures. Zhao Baige, vice-minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, said people needed to stop seeing climate ...

  2. Older and wiser

    Posted Dec 31st 2004, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... self-interest have largely prevailed over hormones. It does not necessarily make people nicer, but it certainly makes them more careful. When the experts play around with population-growth statistics, ... they are less easy to trace. But they are there, and they are very important. There has been a run of good news on the population front in the past few decades. In 1968, the UN Population Division ...

  3. Baby boom in a land that can ill afford it

    Posted Sep 04th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... deaths are already more than two per 10,000 per day in Somali, the worst-hit region of Ethiopia (four deaths per day counts as full-scale famine). Country-wide, 20 per cent of the population ... is that they have had too many babies. Ethiopia's population during the last famine was 40 million. Today it is 80 million. You can do everything else right, but if you don't control ...

  4. Mega-disasters looming over mega-cities

    Posted Feb 18th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson In the wake of the tsunami disaster, experts are warning that the rapid growth of mega-cities is exposing an ever greater proportion of the world's population ... with a population of 10 million or more and a dense concentration of people, often in slums in developing and newly industrialising countries, where people stream in from poor rural areas in search of work. ...

  5. Census shows record increase in spoonbills

    Posted Apr 01st 2010, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... in the worldwide population to a record high of 2,346. The city's bird lovers have even more reason to celebrate because a fifth of the spoonbill's world population have been seen wintering ... veteran birdwatchers warn of the risk of deadly threats such as water contamination that would decimate the population, especially since the two main wintering sites are in Hong Kong and Taiwan. ...

  6. We must save water to save the planet

    Posted Mar 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Alex Yeung

    ... in the developing world. The problem is caused by extended droughts, rising agricultural demand, dams in the upper reaches of rivers, pollution and, most importantly, the growing world population. If you ... because of climate change and escalating demand from the ballooning population. And that brings the issue back to Guangdong and Hong Kong. Water supply here is secure as it is prioritised within ...

  7. The great wall of Beijing: official plans to lock down whole city

    Posted Jul 06th 2010, 12:00am by Priscilla Jiao

    ... Priscilla Jiao Beijing authorities think they have a solution to the swelling population of migrant workers encamped on the outskirts of the city: wall them out. Restricted access to some ... management and cut crime rates and would be promoted across the whole city. Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu said a growing floating population had created many new problems for city management. ...

  8. Do more to protect polar bears

    Posted Dec 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 480,000 sq km as a protected area for polar bears, a threatened species. Although this can reduce harm to the polar bear population, green groups said more steps should be taken to deal ... have melted due to global warming, the bears' home has become smaller. Bears were hunted for such a long time that it reduced their population. But now hunting restrictions have seen more ...

  9. Hong Kong is hiding behind spineless conservation treaty

    Posted Jan 06th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and it is a known problem that the world's shark population, that which regulates the ecosystem balance of our oceans, is in rapid decline. The Jockey Club should be congratulated for dropping ... community is to cease the trade and use of shark fins. The impact on the ocean would be significant, and not only for sharks. The world's bluefin tuna population has been shown to be in rapid ...

  10. Love it or leave it

    Posted Nov 20th 2009, 12:00am by Christine Loh

    ... released on November 6 (and reported in the Sunday Post) that found a million more people, a seventh of Hong Kong's population, would prefer to leave the city rather than move to it. ... number who would like to move to it, as a proportion of the total adult population. The results are based on representative surveys of more than 260,000 adults in 135 countries or territories ...




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