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  1. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    UN's top weatherman visits Hong Kong Observatory

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... world's weatherman Even the world's top weatherman concedes that he cannot do much about the weather, except to get his forecasts right. "Most people are unhappy not about bad weather ... anniversary of its Observatory. But predicting the weather is nothing like gazing into a crystal ball, especially with extreme climate conditions becoming more common in recent years, the veteran ...

  2. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Clean air to breathe is a human right, too

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... not have access to clean water. Leaders have taken pride in saying that China has made great progress on the issue of human rights by lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. To enable them to breathe clean air and drink clean water are other human rights the central government must work hard to guarantee. Clean air to breathe is a human right, too ...

  3. Act now to avoid a water crisis, Observatory warns

    Posted Mar 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu The Observatory says people should brace for possible water shortages caused by global warming. Rainfall would decline up to 10 per cent in the next 30 years, it projected on the eve of World Water Day today. From now until the end of the century, the Observatory says, there will be 10 years of extremely high rainfall, exceeding 3,187mm a year, and four years ...

  4. Pelosi says little about human rights in talks with legislators

    Posted May 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Eva Wu US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an outspoken critic of Beijing, skirted the issue of human rights during a visit to Hong Kong yesterday. Mrs Pelosi visited the Legislative Council ... chairwoman of the Democratic Party, said she had raised the issue of human rights but received only a short reply. 'I told her that Hong Kong people were impressed by what she did shortly after ...

  5. Human rights set aside as visit by US Speaker focuses on harmony

    Posted May 28th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Beijing's human rights record. 'China is willing, along with the United States, to make unremitting efforts to forge a positive, co-operative and comprehensive relationship in the 21st ... trip, which came just ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, to draw attention to China's human rights record. But in similar fashion to an earlier visit by US Secretary ...

  6. Accidental tsunami alert

    Posted Apr 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zoe Mak The Observatory admitted yesterday that it had mistakenly issued a tsunami warning in its online weather report at 12.02pm. It apologised and said the mistake was the result of a human error. A spokesman said the Observatory had found that a tsunami alert was mistakenly selected from a list of weather warnings from a software program and posted by a staff member. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The case for giving Mother Nature legal rights

    Posted Mar 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Surya Deva

    ... a legal right to be left alone, and protected for their own intrinsic value rather than for the benefit of humans. Conferring rights on nature would entail imposing a corresponding duty on humans ... of the river in future. What can Hong Kong and the mainland learn from all this? Giving nature "rights" will mean humans are forced to become aware of their duty towards nature. For instance, ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, May 28, 2013

    Posted May 28th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... It should be improved and made mandatory for all Security Bureau staff- starting from the top. Laurel Chor, Pok Fu Lam   Courts must always uphold human rights It is refreshing to read a rational ... are negatively and racially motivated. The cases involving mainland mothers and domestic helpers so obviously fell into a category of human rights which the courts so disappointingly neglected. ...

  9. Evidence for climate change must not be lightly dismissed

    Posted Oct 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that the current climate change we have been witnessing since the previous century is entirely natural, or that the rapid increase in human-induced greenhouse gases does not affect our present and future ... variations in the 20th century. Their results reveal that the warming in the 20th century cannot be explained solely by natural factors. The warming can only be explained if human-induced greenhouse ...

  10. Dead fish, toxic drinking water... Now for the human toll

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hunan, said: 'It remains an arduous task for Hechi authorities to plug management loopholes and tighten scrutiny over so many smelters.' And if local authorities fail to learn the right ... including Yunnan, Hunan, Guangdong and Guangxi, observers have blamed excessive mining and lax government control for the extremely high human toll- including unusually high rates of cancer. Last ...




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