It is difficult to know where you draw the line with new public holidays

I refer to the articles and letters in these columns which have discussed whether the last day of Ramadan should be declared a public holiday in Hong Kong.

Well, should it be? And if it is, who will be next, and who next after that?

Sunday, 5 September, 2010, 12:00am

Car of the future to electrify HK

Prepare for some surprises. The i MiEV looks like James 'Avatar' Cameron might have had a hand in its design. That familiar-looking round black plastic cap at the back of the vehicle is not where you shove the petrol pump nozzle. And if you're expecting something like a souped-up electric carving knife on wheels, think again.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing orders new round of factory closures

The central government has issued a fresh edict to shut down outdated and inefficient plants in a dozen sectors as it seeks to raise industry competitiveness, cut pollution and conserve energy.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Pulling power

Power tools

What are these?

1 a power cut

a. a very short and trendy hairstyle

b. an interruption in the electricity supply

2. power dressing

a. a style of dressing in which important people wear formal clothing to look more powerful

24 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

How you can help

This will be my last column about our expedition through the Arctic and what we've learned about climate change. While this series of stories is ending, the climate change story will continue for years to come, and I want to give you some suggestions on what you can do to make a difference.

4 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


Let's take action on water and power

I recently went on a school excursion to the Sha Tin Treatment Works and the EMSD Education Path, and learned how water is treated and transported to our homes.

We also found out why we need to use renewable energy technologies and what EMSD has done about energy efficiency.

27 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Bolts of lightning

Everyone has seen a thunderstorm. Thunder rolls in the sky and bolts of lightning light it up. The lightning that strikes the ground is electricity. It looks very impressive. But, actually, most bolts of lightning don't have a lot of electrical power.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Let's spread the happiness

I think we should share around more happiness.

Too often we worry about the pressures we have to deal with, and we keep one another at a distance.

But being alone can easily make us negative. We need friends.

6 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Creating the ideal eco-friendly school

Action speaks louder than words when it comes to the environment. Many schools in Hong Kong emphasise the importance of environmentally friendly lifestyles and talk about creating an eco-friendly school. They organise talks for students.

10 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Migrant grocer content in knowing he is more fortunate than most

Li Gongwu , a 32-year-old farmer from southeastern Fujian province , runs a small grocery store with his elder sister and brother-in-law in Tongzhou, an eastern suburb of Beijing. His small shop offers all kinds of food, from fresh vegetables to sweet-potato noodles, bean curd, pickles and various seasonings. He spoke of his experience of six years as a rural migrant worker in the capital.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Big businesses should set an example

I think big businesses should set an example to small businesses when it comes to environmental awareness.

Firstly, big companies have many branches and staff and therefore use more energy. If one such firm reduced its consumption of electricity, paper, etc in all its branches at the same time, it would benefit the environment a lot.

28 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Old and new both play a part

Some people say that new things are better than the old, but I don't completely agree with this view.

For example, it's much more comfortable using an air conditioner instead of a fan during the hot summer months. But at what cost?

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Salty tale

Desalination could provide the largest new supply of fresh water for Hong Kong, say officials. Is this a viable process for the city, given that it is expensive and requires a lot of electricity? Write to us.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Family counts blessings despite annual celebrations being called off

Sitting next to a coal-burning stove in his freezing Chenzhou apartment, retiree Zhou Chongguo, 52, is praying that he and his family will not have to go through another dark Lunar New Year like this one.

9 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Public apology for Chenzhou residents

Chenzhou authorities have publicly apologised to residents for the hardship they have had to face in their 'isolated island', deprived of electricity. They pledged to restore the power supply before today.

However, communications have been disrupted for days and it was unclear how many people in the city were aware of the announcement.

4 Feb 2008 - 12:00am