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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ENVIRONMENT

    Turn back the tide

    Posted May 06th 2013, 10:21am by Charley Lanyon

    ... of adventure at sea, to a life as one of the world’s foremost divers, mountain guides and polar experts. Rose is highly energetic but as he remembers his past he calms and his eyes take on a far-off ... how to sail and how to dive. His work as a toolmaker took him to the US where he gained his official certification as a diving instructor, a commercial diver and a mountain guide. Eventually, ...

  2. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Chinese drive to create vast vineyards spark concern

    Posted May 06th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... their collective sleeves to produce wine-yielding grapes. In January, authorities in Shaanxi released a plan to build 18,000 hectares of vineyards at the foot of Qin Mountain. And last year Sichuan invited ... be small compared with grape-production centres in the Americas, Europe and Australia, but to local farmers the lands are vast and precious. In these mountainous areas, farmland is scarce ...

  3. News - China - CHANGING FACES

    Environmentalists raise awareness of Nanling National Forest Park

    Posted May 05th 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... since the programme was launched last summer. There are also free public lectures. What's important about Nanling? Nanling refers to the mountains that border Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Deforestation to blame for Beijing's pollution

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by XUN ZHOU

    ... amount of steel. Forests were destroyed as trees were felled to feed backyard furnaces. Many of the mountainous regions throughout China were deforested. Deforestation had devastating ... along Tianshui region's Xiaolong mountain, and Tangou in Wushan county, some one third of the forest was destroyed. The destruction of forests not only reduced the amount of water ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books - ENVIRONMENT

    Book review: What has Nature Ever Done for Us?, by Tony Juniper

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... of the birds' sanitary service gave rise to a mountain of cattle carcasses, and triggered a vast increase in the dog population which, in turn, caused 40 million more dog bites and 47,000 additional ...

  6. News - China

    Henan landfill threatens to pollute Beijing's drinking water

    Posted Mar 22nd 2013, 10:11pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com A giant mountain of rubbish in Henan province is threatening to pollute a reservoir that provides drinking water for more than 20 million Beijing residents, ... in 2009. The rubbish mountain now occupies an area of 23,000 square metres. The report said every time heavy rains hit the region, floods carry garbage along a small river to the Yangzhuang ...

  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Hunan villagers refuse to drink tap water deemed 'safe'

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 03:17pm by Ernest Kao

    ... on Monday. Mountain spring water has become the source of choice for many residents in recent years. They believe tap water is too polluted to drink, cook, bathe and even clean with, because a local ...

  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Pandas face critical bamboo shortage amid climate change

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 10:22am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Their numbers already threatened by a slow breeding rate and rapid habitat loss, China’s endangered giant pandas now also risk losing their staple food, bamboo, to climate change, a report said. A study in China’s northwestern Qinling Mountains, home to about 270 pandas – about a fifth of the world’s wild population – predicts a “substantial” ...

  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Fossils suggest giant pandas went from being man's friend to prey

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... in the mountains," he said. "The black and white fur of the panda resembles the yin-yang symbol of Taoism. Such a colour combination is not camouflage. It is alien to the environment. You can imagine ...

  10. News - China - WILDLIFE

    Poaching of wild birds threatens some species

    Posted Oct 28th 2012, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... rampant On a misty September night, a flock of egrets swoop silently through the Luoxiao Mountains. They pass low over Hunan province's Guidong county into the glare of dozens of LED lights ... imagine how many people were poaching." Each autumn, millions of birds pass over Hunan's mountains and lakes on their way to warmer climes in the south. Tens of thousands never finish ...




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