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Ho Tung Gardens to be bulldozed; minister admits policy failure

The government admitted a policy failure yesterday as it decided to give up on a plan to save the historic Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, which is held by an owner who refuses to co-operate.

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012, 3:39am 4 comments

The campaign to save Lung Mei goes far beyond its unglamorous shores

If you have visited or even driven past Lung Mei on the north shore of Tolo Harbour, you might wonder why all the fuss about government plans to cover a stretch of coast with sand to make a swimming beach. There's a jumble of rocks amidst a mix of mud and sand, lapped by shallow waters that are sometimes brown with silt.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:53am

Visitors urged to tread lightly in newly famous Lung Mei beach

The controversy over a stretch of coastline near Tai Po destined to become a man-made beach has boosted the area's popularity, alarming green groups concerned about a new disturbance to its marine life.

9 Nov 2012 - 1:54pm 3 comments

China and Russia help block Antarctic sanctuary plan

Conservation groups expressed outrage after resistance led by China and Russia stymied efforts to carve out new marine sanctuaries and protect thousands of species across Antarctica.

Hopes were high that a reserve covering 1.6 million square kilometres would be agreed for the pristine Ross Sea, the world's most intact marine ecosystem.

3 Nov 2012 - 4:16am

Do policymakers recognise ecological value?

Last week, the government formally gave the go-ahead for the development of a man-made beach at Lung Mei. The announcement caused quite a stir among green groups that are concerned with the risk to marine species in the area. The area is home to some 200 marine and bird species, including three fish species of conservation concern.

2 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Green groups urge protection of Pak Sha O and its environs

Hong Kong's best-conserved village - a century-old jewel set amid hills rich in natural life - is under threat.

Green groups warn that Pak Sha O, and the rich ecological web that surrounds it, faces destruction if the government doesn't act to stop development at the enclave in Sai Kung West Country Park.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:33pm

Failure to save forests will cost us more than price of action

What will it cost to save the world's forests and boost the life prospects of its seven billion people? India is currently hosting a meeting in Hyderabad of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to consider how to raise the resources necessary to achieve the ambitious targets adopted two years ago.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:07am

Children can help save the elephants

Congratulations to Celia Ho for her excellent letter ("Ivory market an example of inhumanity", October 3). While she pointed out many key facts on elephant conservation, the most important point is that she is a Form Three student.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:32am

Antiquities officials ignore NT heritage trails research

For the past five years, veteran hiker Guy Shirra researched the oldest trails in the New Territories, vainly urging government officials to protect these boulder-paved links with the city's earliest inhabitants.

His calls for some response from the Antiquities and Monuments Office fell on deaf ears.

3 Oct 2012 - 3:42am

Cub's death might fuel debate on whether giant pandas can be saved

For many, the death of the US National Zoo's newborn panda is a heartbreaking loss. But for others, the cub's demise could add fuel to a controversial debate: Is it a waste of time and money to try to save the giant panda, a fragile species already on the brink of extinction?

26 Sep 2012 - 3:43am