Climate of Australia

Schools take a stand for nature

Twelve international schools came together to form School Earth Day to support this year's Earth Hour organised by WWF.

Tuesday, 3 April, 2012, 12:00am

Earth Hour turn-off campaign proves a huge turn-on for students

Schools and universities in Hong Kong have been busy teaching students the importance of energy conservation to mark Saturday's Earth Hour at 8.30pm.

The annual 'lights off' idea has grown into a global phenomenon. People in Hong Kong will join 1.8 billion others in 135 countries by turning off non-essential lights to show support for Earth Hour.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Prepare for switch-off 60 minutes to save planet

Earth Hour is happening on March 31. When the clock strikes 8.30pm, lights will be switched off across the city to save energy.

Yet at Young Post, we always want our junior reporters to go one step further. For this week's top 10, we ask our junior reporters what else they could do to raise people's awareness of Earth Hour, apart from switching off the lights.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Dark sky means brighter future

Small steps now are big steps in the future. On March 28, Hong Kong's brightly lit skyline disappeared at night for a while because we joined Earth Hour - the annual global event when businesses and households turn off lights for an hour to raise awareness about climate change.

13 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Shoot out the lights

WWF's Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative, in which people pledge to turn off their non-essential electricity for one hour. This year at least 1,672 cities have agreed to participate, including, for the first time, Hong Kong. Log on to for more information.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Switch it off

If all goes well, this Saturday the city of neon lights will be plunged into darkness for an hour.

No, it's not a scene from Ocean's 13. Between 8pm and 9.30pm this Saturday, Hong Kong will join 80 countries around the world in flipping the switch for Earth Hour.

22 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

July far wetter than average

July was wetter than usual this year with total rainfall of 471.1mm - 96.7mm above average, the Observatory said. Low pressure over coastal areas brought rain to the city between July 6 and 15. The fringes of Typhoon Fung-wong added to the figures late in the month. Rainfall between January and July this year was 2,382.1mm, 67 per cent more than the average of 1,429.1mm.

5 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

February was coldest in 40 years

Hong Kong experienced its coldest February in 40 years, with a monthly mean temperature of 13.3 degrees Celsius, three degrees below average. The month's rainfall was 27.5mm, 47 per cent below average. The cold spell, which started on January 24 under the influence of an intense northeast monsoon, lasted 24 days until February 16, a government spokesman said. It was the longest in 40 years.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

August gloomier and wetter than usual

Hong Kong had just 134.3 hours of bright sunshine last month, the second-lowest August figure since 1961, and 72.7 fewer hours than normal, the Observatory said. The 488.4mm of rain was 25 per cent more than the monthly average of 391.4mm. However, the accumulated annual rainfall (1,533.3mm) was 10 per cent below the normal level.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Earth Hour a start, but it's too soon to be smug


A warm, fuzzy glow of self-satisfaction has descended over Sydney since the city elected to switch off its lights for an hour in order to save electricity and do its bit in the fight against global warming.

5 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Sydney will go dark for the environment this Saturday

What is going to happen?

Lights and other electrical devices will be switched off for an hour as part of a campaign called Earth Hour.

Where will the event take place?

The event will take place in Sydney, Australia's largest city, and surrounding areas.

When will the event happen?

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

At 971mm of rain, August second soggiest since 1884

With a record amount of rain over two days, last month was the second-wettest August in the city since 1884, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

On August 19 and 20, 546mm of rain fell, the wettest two days for the month on record.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Drought of hope

Late-afternoon sun paints golden streaks across the hillsides as Tony Morrison sets out in his battered pickup truck.

Behind the vehicle is a hopper on wheels. Mr Morrison yanks a rope and the container disgorges a thin stream of grain onto the ground. Within moments, 600 hungry sheep have descended on the trail, kicking up a cloud of dust as they nibble the precious seed.

3 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Praying for rain

Every day is the same. I open the local newspaper and there they are, smiling up at me: four little golden suns, indicating the weather for today and the next three days. Today: sunny. Tomorrow: sunny and dry. The following day: Dry, mostly sunny; and so it goes on.

16 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Warmest March in 158 years recorded

Hong Kong has enjoyed its warmest ever March with an average temperature of 21.5 degrees Celsius.

A spokesman for the Observatory said it was the highest average temperature for the month since weather records began in 1844.

5 Apr 2002 - 12:00am