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  1. Time to sign the UN convention

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... the 1951 United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees. But that does not stop foreign nationals in troubled regions from coming to the city to seek a better life. Yet the screening ... It is in the public interest that refugees, like other underprivileged groups, are given adequate support and are able to live with dignity while they wait for settlement elsewhere. Hong Kong needs better ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/994309/time-sign-un-convention
  2. News - China - DISASTERS

    Landslide claims lives of 46 villagers in disaster-prone region of Yunnan

    Posted Jan 13th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... prevention experts under the provincial land and resources bureau, said the region's steep slopes, unstable soil and recent rain contributed to the landslide. Jiang said earthquakes that jolted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1126688/landslide-claims-lives-46-villagers-disaster-prone-region-yunnan
  3. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, May 2, 2013

    Posted May 02nd 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... to barely sufficient deterrent level. The country is doing this to stop values being imposed on it and to prevent the insidious erosion of its marine territories and resources by patrolling those ... confidence in mainland officials. Many of those citizens who suffered from the 2008 earthquake are still living in poverty. A lot of money was donated by Hongkongers to help with the relief work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1227839/letters-editor-may-2-2013
  4. News - Hong Kong - SCIENCE FOCUS WITH MARTIN WILLIAMS

    Pellets spill during typhoon sparked big volunteer clean-up on Hong Kong beaches

    Posted Aug 19th 2012, 12:00am by Martin Williams

    ... fossil fuels trigger algal blooms. Overfishing has also devastated local marine life. When I contacted WWF Hong Kong senior conservation manager Alan Leung Sze-lun, he added to the list of ways ... polystyrene," said senior conservation officer (marine) Samantha Lee Mei-wah. "The ocean rubbish will not only affect human beings, but will also affect marine habitats and species." Doug ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1018034/pellets-spill-during-typhoon-sparked-big-volunteer-clean-hong-kong
  5. News - China

    Live Blog: Yaan earthquake- Day 2

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 08:30am by Ernest Kao

    ... Nature Reserve in the badly-hit Baoxing county, are still not known due to disruptions in communication and transportation networks. Giant pandas live mostly on seven nature reserves in Sichuan ... "The top priority will be the saving of lives … life more important than anything." "Up till now, the operation has been carried out very smoothly, orderly and swiftly. It has also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1219713/live-blog-yaan-earthquake-day-2
  6. Talkback

    Posted Apr 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Q Should marine parks be expanded? As we know, there are many beautiful coastal areas and important habitats in the marine parks. These are not only for admiring, but also for conservation, education, recreation and scientific purposes. If the scope of marine parks can be expanded, then maybe we will be a little bit closer to understanding the secrets of sea animals. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/451861/talkback
  7. Captain abandoned ship after wave hit

    Posted Apr 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... minutes to escape,' Franbo spokesman John Tsai said, citing the ship's captain. The first account of what happened before the vessel disappeared from marine monitoring emerged as six of the sailors, all Indonesians, remained missing last night. The Marine Department yesterday revised the number of rescued crew members from 12 to 11, including all three Chinese workers- two from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/997606/captain-abandoned-ship-after-wave-hit
  8. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Major projects can counter flooding in Asian cities, experts say

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Chiang Mai Major projects can stem city floods, experts say Asia's flood-prone cities should fund major drainage, water recycling and waste reduction projects to stem deluges and secure clean supply for rising populations, experts said yesterday at a water security forum. Rapid urbanisation has heaped pressure on water resources and drainage systems ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1241488/major-projects-can-counter-flooding-asian-cities-experts-say
  9. A city in catastrophe, but rescuers lack even the most basic resources

    Posted Sep 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Jacqui Goddard

    ... to relieve the biggest human catastrophe he is likely to witness, but he does not have even the most basic resources. He cannot communicate with his officers, and his officers can barely communicate ... Carruth said. 'We had five torches between 300 people and the water was contaminated, so we lived off soda and crisps. We found paper, marker pens, crayons and we got the kids to help us make ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/514681/city-catastrophe-rescuers-lack-even-most-basic-resources
  10. Shenzhen seas seriously polluted

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... excessive pollutants, according to a maritime study. A professor of marine chemistry says the problem could worsen this year, as some temporary efforts to improve water quality last year for the World University Games are no longer in effect. The 2011 study, issued on Wednesday by Shenzhen's Urban Planning and Land Resources Commission, found a total of 565 square kilometres ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1000900/shenzhen-seas-seriously-polluted

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