Development pressure on Mai Po reserve shows need for action

Development pressure on Mai Po reserve shows need for action

Here in our backyard, the areas of Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay, a tiny nature reserve squeezed between two of Asia's most densely populated cities, forms a critical link in this winged migration, a biological process that repeats itself every year.

Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 3:18am 5 comments

Shark fin opponents dogmatic

Recent letters concerning shark fin have shown unquestioning acceptance of a dogma.

There is a refusal on the part of correspondents to consider opposing viewpoints when dealing with those they consider to be the unenlightened.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am 10 comments

Briefs, October 22, 2012

Japanese road victim found dead at landfill

22 Oct 2012 - 2:58am

Biodiversity aid to double by 2015

Efforts to reverse the worrying loss of dwindling natural resources received a substantial boost yesterday when a UN conference in India agreed to double biodiversity aid to poor countries.

Governments reached a deal in Hyderabad that again saw battle lines drawn between developing and affluent states.

21 Oct 2012 - 4:48am

400 plants and animals added to ‘threatened’ list

Greenpeace divers off the coast of the Andaman and Nicobar islands send a message to the Indian government that they must protect the oceans and the communities whose livelihoods are dependent of the fruits of the seas. Photo: EPA

An island-dwelling cockroach and a tiny snail were declared extinct on Wednesday while 400 plants and animals were added to a threatened “Red List” as global environment ministers met in India.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its authoritative study on the state of biodiversity on earth, saying 20,219 species were at risk of dying out.

17 Oct 2012 - 9:47pm

Seasons: tomato catch-up

Photo: Shutterstock

Until fair

16 Sep 2012 - 2:37am

How long before we can punish eco-criminals?

There was no law against genocide in the early 1940s; it only became an internationally recognised crime after the worst genocide of modern history had actually happened. Similarly, there is no law against 'ecocide' now. That will only come to pass when the damage to the environment has become so extreme that large numbers of people in rich countries are dying.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Green groups in protest over bay development

A coalition of green groups called on the government yesterday to conserve coastal and river ecologies, rich in biodiversity, which are threatened by proposed reclamation and development in Tung Chung.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Variety - the key to life

Biodiversity had a boost last month when governments agreed on a plan to help tackle the loss of species and their habitats around the world.

I have written in recent weeks about the importance of our ecosystems, and how governments and businesses are starting to put a price on them to protect them. Preventing the loss of biodiversity is another side of this story.

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Eyes wide shut

I hope, as you read this, Megi has passed and left you and yours unscathed. Depending on how close the super typhoon came - this column went to print on Thursday - you may have had to take precautions. Perhaps you put up storm shutters, cleared your garden or rooftop of loose objects or bought extra supplies in.

24 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

More green projects funded as dire warnings sounded

A senior environmental official yesterday welcomed a European Union-funded biodiversity initiative amid grave warnings that the country's environment is continuing to deteriorate.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Multiple choice

Paper 1a15

15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Endangered species on the rise: report

Two out of every five species assessed by scientists are threatened with extinction, according to the 2006 World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

The list acts as a global wake-up call by focusing attention on the alarming state of the natural environment.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

Protecting species cuts poverty: study

Saving pandas, gorillas or tigers is not just about protecting an endangered species from extinction, but also about reducing poverty and improving the lives of local communities, according to a report released by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

How to protect Hong Kong's biodiversity

For the greater part of the last 150 years, there have been two general perceptions about Hong Kong's biodiversity: that it was either limitless, or of marginal value for the city's welfare. Either way, the conservation of natural resources remained a low priority in the government's economic and environmental legal policy.

1 Jan 2004 - 12:00am