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  1. When the water stops

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai There was only sporadic drizzle over the supposedly wet summer months. And the rain simply disappeared after autumn took hold. The Beijiang, one of the three tributaries of the Pearl River in Guangdong, is drying up. In parts that run through Qingyuan's city centre, the riverbed is visible. Working and sightseeing boats have disappeared from the usually busy ...

  2. Fontane Lau Ngai-wan

    Posted Oct 18th 2009, 12:00am by Yvonne Lai

    ... Yvonne Lai FAST TRACKING In August, I saw an opportunity to join climate talks through WWF's 'Be Our Climate Tracker' competition, advertised in the group's newsletter. There were a few words that caught my attention: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC] and Kyoto Protocol. The entity and the legislation govern the behaviour of corporations ...

  3. Eat this

    Posted Aug 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Yvonne Lai

    ... Yvonne Lai Tiny specks of black in vanilla ice cream or custard are a beautiful sight - and when you take a bite, the mouth is filled with the rich, round flavour of the bean. However, demand for the fruit of the vanilla orchid has long exceeded supply. Vanilla extract - made by percolating chopped vanilla beans with alcohol and water for 48 hours, then leaving it to mellow ...

  4. Guangdong petrochemical project 'to be relocated'

    Posted May 15th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Guangzhou A controversial petrochemical project in Guangzhou's Nansha district would be relocated to either Zhangjiang or Maoming after failing to pass the environmental impact assessment, a magazine reported. Guangdong and the project's proponent - Kuwait Petroleum Corporation - and mainland oil refiner Sinopec Corp agreed that the massive plant would ...

  5. Key report on Nansha refinery under wraps

    Posted Mar 20th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Guangzhou Guangzhou media have been told not to run comprehensive coverage of the environmental impact assessment on a controversial oil refinery and petrochemical plant in the city's Nansha district. The assessment, due to be completed by the end of this month, has brought the plant back into the limelight. A government order was issued early this week telling ...

  6. Delta plan 'to exclude cut in CO2 emissions'

    Posted Mar 30th 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Guangzhou Carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, is likely to be excluded from the Pearl River Delta air quality management plan for a further decade. The plan is due for renewal by the Guangdong and Hong Kong governments next year and the Environmental Protection Department is tight-lipped on whether CO2 will be included. But a source close to the Guangdong ...

  7. 50b yuan for river cleanup

    Posted Dec 25th 2008, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Guangzhou Guangzhou will spend nearly 50 billion yuan (HK$56.66 billion) on cleaning up the Pearl River and its tributaries by mid-2010, in time for the Asian Games that November. Zhang Hu , director of the Guangzhou municipal bureau of water affairs, said the city government would clean up 121 rivers with a total length of 388km in 18 months. It would order ...

  8. Urban Jungle

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Eric Lai

    ... Celebrity vet Dr Eric Lai shares his views on society, through the eyes of animals. Give him your feedback at urbanjungle@scmp.com This week: recycling Paper exporters are reported to be cutting their intake of recycled paper and drastically reducing the price they pay to collectors. This has spelled trouble for those in the various tiers of the paper recycling sector. From ...

  9. Channel hop

    Posted Sep 28th 2008, 12:00am by Yvonne Lai

    ... with Yvonne Lai The forces that shape the face of the Earth are hurricanes/typhoons, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, right? Well, partly. Not content just to ride the highs and lows of global investment markets, large financial institutions seem eager to leave their mark on the natural, physical world. The folks at Bank of America may currently be celebrating the acquisition ...

  10. Urban Jungle

    Posted Sep 26th 2008, 12:00am by Eric Lai

    ... Celebrity vet Dr Eric Lai shares his views on society through the eyes of animals. Give him your feedback at urbanjungle@scmp.com This week: Clean energy There was news this week of an innovative power plant created in Spremberg, eastern Germany, by the Swedish electricity provider Vattenfall. It is a pilot plant described as the world's first 'clean' coal-fired ...




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