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  1. Exotic plants spreading 'green death' in Australia

    Posted Mar 31st 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney Exotic weeds are slowly choking Australia to death and costing the nation A$4 billion (HK$23.4 billion) a year in lost agricultural output, a government-funded ... The plants, most of which were deliberately introduced as ornamental garden species, have taken a stranglehold on Australia's grazing and arable land, as well as coastal areas, jungles ...

  2. Canal plan highlights severity of Australia's water crisis

    Posted Nov 28th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney A plan to build a 2,500km canal to supply water to Australia's most isolated city has shone the spotlight on the country's water crisis. Western Australia ... government has commissioned a A$5 million ($30.7 million) feasibility study. The chairman of the lobby group Watering Australia, Ernie Bridge, believes the Kimberley region has enough fresh water ...

  3. Visa aims to ease overcrowding in Australia's big cities

    Posted Jan 13th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... that the conservative coalition government has tried to tackle Australia's extreme population imbalance. Announcing the initiative yesterday, the acting prime minister, John Anderson, said: 'These ... Nick Squires in Sydney Severe skills shortages in some regions are hindering economic growth Australia is to offer a type of immigrant visa to lure new settlers away from overcrowded ...

  4. Beef next on the menu for croc with jaded appetite

    Posted Jun 14th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Pui River. It is gradually adapting to its new temporary home but is still showing no desire to eat anything offered so far. Officers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation ...

  5. Howard makes history as nation marches on in its pragmatic way

    Posted Dec 24th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... as Australia's second-longest-serving prime minister. For all Australia's aspirations to youthful modernity, 2004 showed it to be, at heart, a conservative nation more preoccupied with credit- card debt than the Kyoto climate pact and interest rates than Iraq. Mr Howard's conservative coalition romped to a historic fourth consecutive election win on the back of a booming economy ...

  6. Aussies chided for snubbing UK roots

    Posted May 20th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... raspberries at their parents'. Tony Abbott, a senior cabinet minister in the conservative government of Prime Minister John Howard, criticised the Australian media's 'scathing' ... Australia', Mr Abbott said. Britain, he said, was responsible for giving Australia its political institutions, national character and way of life and it was time for its rightful place in Australian ...

  7. Private awards aim to aid conservation

    Posted Oct 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan The mainland's first non-governmental conservation award was launched yesterday by green groups seeking to draw attention to the plight of the environment and cut ... said conservation efforts were yielding success on the mainland but more work needed to be done. 'The fact that many people regard wildlife as humanity's friend means we have achieved ...

  8. New conservation measures inadequate: green group

    Posted Dec 08th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... JESSIE HUI An alliance of Hong Kong's leading green groups has expressed concern over the government's new Nature Conservation Policy (NCP), saying it falls short of global standards set by the Rio Declaration and lacks financial support. 'The long-awaited NCP has addressed some of Hong Kong's pressing conservation issues, but it does not go far enough,' ...

  9. Woodland to be designated special conservation area

    Posted Dec 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Updated at 6.18pm: A Lai Chi Wo woodland will be designated as a special area for nature conservation, a spokesman for the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau said on Wednesday. The woodland is about one hectare in size and located on a slope behind Lai Chi Wo Village, northeast New Territories. It will be managed by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department ...

  10. Government to give priority to 12 conservation sites: Liao

    Posted Nov 11th 2004, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... PAGGIE LEUNG Updated at 6.36pm: The government has identified 12 priority sites in Hong Kong for further conservation, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said on Thursday. Dr Liao was unveiling the government's new nature conservation policy. She said the sites included: Ramsar Site, Sha Lo Tung, Tai Ho, Fung Yuen, Luk Keng Marsh, Mui ...




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