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  1. 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 ...

  2. Deluge has Observatory gushing

    Posted Jun 08th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... 'It's very exciting,' said Observatory senior scientific officer Mok Hing-yim. 'Here at the Observatory we have broken the record for the most hourly rainfall since records began ... hovering off the coast of southern China, drawing in moist, warm air for the past few days. 'This morning an intense rainstorm formed virtually right over Hong Kong. It developed very quickly, ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Weatherman forecasts Putonghua in retirement

    Posted Apr 04th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... their surroundings,' he said. 'But the fact is that humans are part of nature.' Under his leadership, the Observatory has offered the city a local perspective on the impacts of climate change based ... Olga Wong The city's top weatherman hopes to promote the use of Putonghua after his retirement. 'It's just my interest,' Observatory head Lam Chiu-ying said just a few ...

  6. City faces wetter, harsher weather

    Posted Mar 19th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... It has been disrupted by human activities emitting carbon dioxide,' he said. He was speaking as the Observatory revealed projections based on findings of the Intergovernmental Panel ... Olga Wong It might have a less-than-perfect record of accuracy for its seven-day weather forecasts, but that hasn't stopped the Observatory from taking a plug at predicting Hong ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to individuals their rights to personal data privacy. In February and March, a series of consumer roadshows will be staged at major shopping centres, where our colleagues will teach the general public ... and higher education institutions in connection with their courses that cover the management of personal data such as human resource management, marketing and tourism. As regards business education, ...

  8. HK experienced record number of days of low visibility in 2004

    Posted Jan 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ROBIN KWONG Updated at 5.04pm: Last year Hong Kong continued to experience a record number of days of low visibility due to air pollution, a Hong Kong Observatory assistant director said on Thursday. An observatory study revealed that visibility in the territory fell to an area of only eight kilometres for 18 per cent of the year. This broke previous records. The study showed that Hong ...

  9. 12th is coldest March day in 17 years

    Posted Mar 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chandra Wong It may have been a perfect spring day yesterday, with the temperature nudging 20 degrees Celsius, but you'd be right for thinking that March has been a chilly month on the whole. The Observatory revealed that the 12th of the month was the coldest March day for 17 years. Last Saturday was half a degree cooler than the 9.5 degrees recorded in 1988. The coldest March ...

  10. Lawmakers try to stop US bill on rights in the North

    Posted Jul 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Khang Hyun-sung in Seoul Members of South Korea's ruling Uri party are gathering signatures from lawmakers for a statement opposing the North Korean Human Rights Bill, which was passed last week by the US House of Representatives. The move underlines the contrasting approach between South Korea and the United States over how best to promote human rights in the communist ...




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