A good thing going

Children dine on raw fish in Funafuti, Tuvalu.

As sea levels rise, Tuvalu, one of the world's most isolated nations, is struggling to keep its heads above water, writes Matt Siegel. Pictures by Andrew Quilty.

Sunday, 9 September, 2012, 12:03am

Desert bloom

The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park in Jodhpur, with part of Mehrangarh Fort in the background.

The surrounding area may be arid but Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort is teeming with life as a garden devoted to indigenous plants takes root, writes Victoria Burrows.

31 Aug 2012 - 5:33pm

In the eye of the storm

The SS Cronulla lies stricken off North Point after being blown from her moorings in Yau Ma Tei by Typhoon Wanda on September 1, 1962. Photos: SCMP; Information Services Department

Fifty years ago, Hong Kong was battered by the most intense typhoon to have hit our shores since records began. Jason Wordie surveys the damage wreaked by Wanda.

6 Sep 2012 - 10:34am

There is a catch

The carcass of a grey reef shark caught in a driftnet is pulled to the surface near Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Raja Ampat is an island chain in West Papua, in the Coral Triangle, a biodiversity hot spot that has been set aside as a shark and ray sanctuary. Even though the Misool Eco Resort, in Raja Ampat, operates a ranger patrol to enforce the boundaries of the sanctuary, illegal fishing continues.

Who doesn't love seafood? Demand for our favourite dishes has made the fishing industry one of the most aggressive, with too many boats chasing too few fish and a variety of other marine casualties caught up in the fray. Words and pictures by Paul Hilton.

6 Oct 2012 - 11:55pm

Making waves

The founder and president of yachtmaker Wally, Luca Bassani Antivari.

The boating world is starting to realise its environmental impact. Richard Lord talks to three builders making advances in yacht design that are both green and glam.

1 Sep 2012 - 1:06am

‘Hundreds of graves’ lying in Hong Kong's country parks and green belts

Burnt tree trunks are left after a hill fire struck Tai Lam Country Park, Yuen Long, in 2006. It is believed that grave sweepers during the Chung Yeung Festival failed to extinguish properly the joss sticks and hell notes they burned for the dead. Photo: Ricky Chung

Hundreds of ancestral burial grounds across the New Territories are encroaching on sensitive areas zoned for conservation and are threatening the environment, green groups say.

21 Jan 2014 - 6:30pm 1 comment

UN climate report will not sway US deniers, experts says

A  Massachusetts Water Resources Authority wind turbine in front of a 1951 megawatt fossil fuel power plant in Charlestown. The upcoming UN report on climate change is not likely to upset US deniers of global warming. Photo: Reuters

The upcoming UN report on climate change is not likely to rattle US deniers of global warming who hold sway in the halls of power, experts say.

A hefty analysis of the latest science on global climate change, the report is packed with recommendations for policymakers.

21 Sep 2013 - 6:33pm

Updated water quality standards needed for Hong Kong's beaches, says DAB

DAB lawmaker Christopher Chung Shu-kun Photo: Felix Wong

A pro-establishment political party is calling for the government to update the water quality standard for bathing beaches, after a poll they conducted found some swimmers suffered from illness following contact with the water.

20 Aug 2013 - 12:36pm 2 comments

Singapore air worsens as smoke billows in from Indonesia forest fires

Visitors take photos on an observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark overlooking the haze covered skyline of Singapore. Photo: Reuters

The Pollutant Standards Index reading at noon stood at 105, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) website. Any reading above 100 is categorised as unhealthy.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:11pm

Lung Mei beach plan fought on ecological grounds

Save Lung Mei Alliance members take their protest to the High Court yesterday. Construction is due to begin next week. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Ho Loy, a member of the Save Lung Mei Alliance, filed a notice with the High Court seeking a judicial review of the government's decision to allow the building of the Lung Mei beach on the grounds of a flawed environmental impact assessment.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am

Nicaraguan canal 'an environmental disaster'

Daniel Ortega and Wang Jing with the agreement. Photo: AP

A proposed Nicaraguan waterway rivalling the Panama Canal would cause an environmental disaster threatening drinking water supplies and fragile ecosystems, conservationists say.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am

Land Ministry to map the extent of soil contamination by heavy metals

Soil samples are collected from across the country for testing. Photo: Xinhua

The Ministry of Land and Resources is compiling a nationwide "pollution map" to gauge the level of heavy-metal contamination in soil due to human activities, according to Xinhua.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am 1 comment

Hong Kong can be recycling world leader

Empty bottles were abandoned outside a bar in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. The Government earlier this year announced a new levy on glass bottles as parts of a recycling scheme. Photo: Jonathan Wong

I agree with the sentiments expressed in your leader ("Time to stop talking rubbish", May 30) that serious action on Hong Kong's waste problem is long overdue. However, I must point out that the Environmental Protection Department's "blueprint" for doing so is far from convincing.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:12am 1 comment

China environment ministry accused of passing buck on project approvals

Pan Yue, Deputy minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Photo: Reuters

The environment ministry is planning to hand many of its approval powers over industrial projects to local governments, a move it says is aimed at reducing regulatory interference.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:52am 1 comment

Kunming to release environment report after protests over petrochemical plant

Kunming mayor Li Wenrong. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Kunming mayor Li Wenrong said the government will listen to comments and communicate with residents about their concerns over the project and repeated a pledge to cancel it if people do not want it, the official People’s Daily said.

3 Jun 2013 - 12:48pm