Action on Climate Change

Storms, drought overshadow new UN climate talks

World climate change negotiators faced warnings on Thursday that a string of extreme weather events around the globe show urgent action on emission cuts is needed as they opened new talks in Bangkok.

Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 4:41pm

World leader in green tech, world beater in greenhouse gas

We are constantly being told how China leads the world in green technologies.

Just last week mainland media were trumpeting that China poured US$18.3 billion into green energy in the second quarter; almost a third of all the money invested globally in clean energy technologies.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Chop and change

There is a book, written by Gou Hongyang, that can be found in all good government-approved bookshops on the mainland. Published in 2010, it is called Low-Carbon Plot, and in it the author alleges that the theory of man-made climate change is hogwash.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

The inconvenient truth

While couples opting for home births may be spared gratuitous medical intervention, securing a birth certificate for their baby can be troublesome.

The Immigration Department requires newborns to obtain a birth certificate within 42 days. Hospitals will send details of babies born in their care to the department for processing as a matter of course.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

MISSION with a vision

Pioneering the way towards a more sustainable future, top hotels in the region have been taking the lead, incorporating carbon offsetting initiatives, integrated into meeting and events held on their properties.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Only technology can save global civilisation now

Reporter: 'What do you think of Western civilisation, Mr Gandhi?' Mohandas Gandhi: 'I think it would be a good idea.' The quote is probably apocryphal, but if the Mahatma didn't say it, he should have.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Asia must spend wisely to protect poor from climate risks

Rising, warming and increasingly acidic seas threaten the very survival of Pacific island countries. The retreat of glaciers and snowfields in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau jeopardise these 'water towers' on which one billion Asians depend during the dry season and drought years.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The Kyoto Protocol has had its day

Climate change was a hot issue five years ago, fuelled by former US vice-president Al Gore's documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth. Then along came the global economic crisis and the slides that so vividly showed the warming effects of carbon pollution were forgotten, replaced by concern about growth rates and jobs.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Carbon tax fallout all up in the air

Green correctness has inspired so many rules and penalties that the law of unintended consequences - or perverse effects - is bound to be among them. As an example, imagine a flight from Hong Kong stopping over at a hub near Europe just to minimise a tax on direct flights to the continent.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Labelling scheme to reward green firms

Carbon Care Asia, a self-sustaining social enterprise which specialises in carbon management, will launch a new labelling programme today to recognise organisations which have succeeded in reducing and offsetting their carbon footprints in eco-friendly practices.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Governments must unite to deal with threat posed by global warming

Climate change is the most pressing problem facing the earth. We can no longer hide from the fact that it is already taking place and we all have to confront the problem together.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Aviation industry is committed to addressing climate change impact

Richard Fielding ('Emissions accelerating, not declining', June 13) rightly highlights the urgent need for society to address the global challenge of climate change and the role that aviation must play in this regard.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bloomberg's inconvenient truth at C40

It's an inconvenient truth for New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bloomberg left big carbon footprint

In November, New York mayor and public transport devotee Michael Bloomberg (pictured) touched down in Hong Kong to chair a meeting of the climate change network C40.

His mode of transport? A Falcon 900EX private jet.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Eco-chic furniture branches out

Sustainable or recycled furniture is no longer the preserve of tree huggers. Growing awareness about the environment means these pieces now take pride of place in trendy showrooms.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am