Aquatic Ecology

Survey raises alarm over polluted water

A government survey has shed rare light on a less talked about aspect of the mainland's water woes: massive contamination of groundwater.

Tuesday, 25 October, 2011, 12:00am

Pollution of water sources to be tackled

Beijing has pledged to pursue a decade-long battle against widespread pollution of underground water sources that put the health of more than 400 million people at risk.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tonnes of fish killed as red tide spreads

Red tide left two tonnes of fish dead off Tai O, western Lantau, as the algal bloom spread into southern Hong Kong waters in the past week.

The algae in this case is not toxic, fisheries officials say, but hot weather has sped up its decomposition, reducing oxygen in the waters off the fishing village. That causes the fish to suffocate.

24 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Swimathon flattery-fest does nothing for river

It's been about a month since top officials in Guangzhou made their sixth annual swimathon across the Pearl River, all in the name of convincing the public of the government's winning battle against water pollution. Local residents and media are still relishing their favourite 'significant moments' from the event, few of which concern environmental protection.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Financial gap threatens to sink Beijing's ambitious water goal

Earlier this week, China's government announced new targets for energy and water use.

The energy target got all the attention. This year, Beijing aims to reduce the amount of energy China burns to generate each unit of economic output by 4 per cent.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

4 trillion yuan to be spent on boosting water infrastructure

The central government will spend four trillion yuan (HK$4.7 trillion) in the next 10 years to rebuild outdated water conservancy projects and improve water-use efficiency on the mainland as natural disasters further threaten agricultural output.

31 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Government has duty to protect Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park

Christine Loh Kung-wai's column ('Shifting sands', November 19) highlighted the confusion which has arisen over the boundary of Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and the status of plots of agricultural land which have recently been sold but which have been under water for a good number of years.

25 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Cross-harbour swim revival can't be rushed

Imagine the worth to Hong Kong of a video showing competitors in a cross-harbour swimming competition. Within a few frames, thoughts of Hong Kong being a place that cared little for its environment would be banished. In their place would be respect for our policies and, perhaps, a desire to holiday or perhaps live or work in our city.

10 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Wetland Park gives world a new firefly

Hong Kong experts have discovered a firefly species that is new to science.

Yet to be named, the firefly had been known to live in the Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai for at least seven years before being identified as a new species this year.

23 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

We can't afford another disaster in the harbour

The government is committed to minimising the environmental impact of dredging and reclamation works. That's what it pledged eight years ago after excessive toxic mud was removed during construction of Disneyland at Penny's Bay, resulting in environmental damage that led to hundreds of millions of dollars in clean-up costs and compensation.

13 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

City dwellers can learn so much from joining coastal clean-up

I refer to the letter by Simon Deane ('Clean beaches responsibility of everyone', August 21).

Mr Deane expressed his displeasure with the amount of trash piled up on Hong Kong's naturally beautiful beaches and coastlines.

The fact is, many of us city-dwellers never see the direct impact of our disposable culture and consumption habits.

27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Loss of mangroves

The Indian city of Mumbai is losing more mangrove forests every day, as developers cut them down to build blocks of flats, office towers and now an airport.

Mangrove forests are not the first thing most of us envision when we think about protecting the environment. But in Mumbai they save lives - literally.

14 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Going green

An assistant director of the Drainage Services Department checks the growth of vegetation planted on a wall at the Sha Tin sewage treatment plant yesterday, part of an experiment evaluating the ability of vertical greening, or green walls, to ease the heat island effect.

9 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

An artist's vivid warning about pollution

The Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme is organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. It encourages students to take their passion for the arts beyond school and into the wider community. The ambassadors will take part in a series of arts programmes during the school holidays.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Tsang seeks regional co-operation to bolster financial institutions

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am