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  1. Hotels, baths deprive nation's first geothermal plant of hot water

    Posted Sep 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... 5,000 tonnes of hot water a day, but can generate just 1,000 kilowatts of electricity, due to a shortage of hot spring water. A deputy chief from the county's land resources bureau said a single four-star luxury hotel uses more than 2,000 tonnes of underground hot spring water every day. Last year, 510,000 holidaymakers visited the township, with 400,000 coming for the hot spring. ...

  2. Water, water everywhere - except in Jiangxi and Zhejiang

    Posted Jul 25th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... of water, according to officials and state media. Lakes, streams and reservoirs are drying up after months of drought. Rainfall in Zhejiang so far this year is a third of the average and barely a quarter in Jiangxi, Xinhua reports. Conditions had deteriorated during this month's 20 days of record-breaking heat, which peaked at over 42 degrees Celsius, the agency added. The drought had ...

  3. WWF suggests 10 ways in which you can make a difference

    Posted Apr 18th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Don't leave the water running. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or washing the car. Flick off the light when you leave a room. Power plants burn fuels to create energy ... you'll use half the paper and save trees. Wash your clothes in warm or cold water. It works just as well as hot water in your washing machine and cuts back on energy use. Ditch the paper cups. ...

  4. China switching on to the power of deep heat

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... far the energy has only been extracted where the heat source co-existed with a natural underground water pool, or geysers. Miners knew that the deeper they dug the hotter the rocks became. They just didn't have a way to take the heat out. An enhanced geothermal power system solves the problem by creating an artificial water pool. The system uses high pressure water or liquefied ...

  5. Heat and drought maintain grip with no relief in sight

    Posted Aug 20th 2006, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Chongqing Heatwave, water shortages have affected many industries including tourism China's worst drought in more than 50 years shows no signs of abating in the next few days, the government said yesterday, as a researcher warned that water shortages could one day threaten national security. The Central Meteorological Office forecast continuing high ...

  6. Green roofs help to cool things down

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the urban heat island effect of higher temperatures in metropolitan areas created by too many buildings packed too closely together. They keep rooftops cooler, which reduces the need for air conditioning, especially on top floors which absorb more heat than lower floors during Hong Kong's sweltering summers. Less air conditioning means lower electric bills, thus less energy usage. ...

  7. Beating the heat

    Posted Jul 20th 2010, 12:00am by Mabel Sieh

    ... square metre of roof area must support a weight of at least 50 kilograms to make greening possible. Despite the fact that green roofs can help to reduce heat and save air-conditioning costs, ... drainage, filter and water storage layers and soil. Jim said scores of new private housing developments with tall towers resting on huge podiums would be suitable for greening. 'But ...

  8. Three Gorges holdouts feel the heat

    Posted Feb 27th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... power, water to speed up relocation, say villagers Tens of thousands of people in Chongqing yet to be displaced by the gigantic Three Gorges reservoir have been threatened with power and water ... have announced water and electricity supplies will be interrupted from tomorrow, local residents say. Up to 30,000 residents - the last batch of people to have their homes submerged ...

  9. Battle to stop Yangtze dam and save fish heats up

    Posted Jan 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... of the Yangtze River Water Resources Protection Commission, said he was extremely disappointed because the reserve was created in the 1990s to rescue fish stocks that survived the building of the massive ...

  10. Dentist's invention will seek water on the moon

    Posted Feb 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com A tool designed by a Hong Kong dentist will travel to the deep, dark craters of the moon with the European Space Agency to search for water. The design ... the moon's surface. The discovery of water may help make a base on the moon more viable in the near future. 'TC's designs are unconventional, low-mass, lightweight designs, ...




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