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Urgent action required to save the Yellow River

The Yellow River is dying. Despite exhortations by state leaders to put the environment first, the amount of untreated sewage dumped into China's 'mother river' has increased instead of fallen in recent years.

Thursday, 14 December, 2006, 12:00am

8 poisoned after eating groupers

Eight people were poisoned by eating tiger groupers at a Kwun Tong restaurant, suffering nausea and numbness in their face and limbs.

They were struck by ciguatoxin poisoning, caused by a toxic marine micro-organism that is passed up the food chain and is found in grouper, snapper and mackerel.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Ants, leeches, moths and the value of nature

Amy Leung Wai-ting spent the summer exploring Borneo's rainforests. She brought back with her a newfound respect for nature and a determination to help protect the Earth's resources.

The 16-year-old student from Heep Yunn School took part in an environmental education programme called ABU Voyage to the Future, organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

10 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Asian teenagers embark on wilderness adventure in South African safari park

Eight Hong Kong teenagers have embarked on an 11-day educational safari in South Africa.

They are among more than 50 students from South Africa and Asia Pacific countries taking part in the Cathay Pacific International Wilderness Experience, which began on Tuesday and ends on August 5.

29 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Ciguatera poisoning strikes five

Five people have developed suspected ciguatera poisoning after eating fish bought at the same market. All fell ill after eating moray eel, the Centre for Health Protection said last night.

The victims came from two parties that both consumed fish bought from the Shek Kip Mei Market on Friday. None required admission to hospital.

4 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Opportunity to write home about

A non-profit organisation that supports the publishing industry and regularly hosts social, training and networking programmes is looking for an executive director to take charge of its Hong Kong operations.

4 Dec 2004 - 12:00am


More than 1.43 million hectares of cultivated land was converted to woodland last year, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources. It says the country will face challenges in land use due to the reforestation policy. China's amount of cultivated land per capita is only 0.1 hectare, 43 per cent of the world average.

28 Feb 2003 - 12:00am


Man's Heritage: Marine Iguanas - Made In Galapagos

Pearl, 8.30pm

It's a double bill of nature programmes this evening on Pearl to help you unwind after the festive season. First up is the story of the evolution of marine iguanas on the Galapagos islands. Intense natural disasters have shaped the islands and the unique and robust animals that survive there.

27 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain... all will be explained

Why do Indian women wear a decorative dot on their foreheads?

The appearance of the decorative dot which goes by many names - the bindhi, pottu, tilakam and kumkum - dates back to the second century AD. The decorative mark appears on statues of Buddha and it can be seen in numerous ancient texts.

18 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Travelling circus brings first panda to Macau

The first panda to visit Macau arrived on an eight-day visit yesterday. Ying Ying, owned by a circus from Hubei province, arrived by road. The 16-year-old male panda will not perform during his stay but has been taught many tricks by his keepers.

14 May 2001 - 12:00am

'Meticulous' plan may not draw birds

The KCRC's wetland restoration proposal for Long Valley was 'meticulous', but birds would not necessarily flock to it, the Lok Ma Chau spur line appeal board heard yesterday.

David Kelly, a soil and plant expert called to give a statement yesterday, approved of the wetland and management proposal devised by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation.

18 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Striking balance over green needs 'harder'

Population growth is putting pressure on sites of ecological importance as planners struggle to find areas for new housing, an official said yesterday.

Director of Planning Bosco Fung Chi-keung said more conservation efforts should be made in light of recent decisions to halt controversial developments.

2 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Biodiversity in tropical, temperate forests under threat

Forests are rich in biodiversity. Tropical forests contain over 60 per cent of the 250,000 known plant species. Less than 1.5 million of the world's estimated five to 30 million species have been scientifically described and the majority of these are in tropical forests.

18 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Students discover beauty of nature

Six students had the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the beauty of nature and wildlife by spending 10 days in South Africa.

28 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Mangroves protect the coastline from erosion

Shrimp in traditional shrimp ponds, gei wais, use mangrove forests as shelter and nursery grounds.

11 May 1999 - 12:00am