Environmental Issues

Greenpeace warns of water shortages caused by new power plants on mainland

Greenpeace warns of water shortages caused by new power plants on mainland

Nearly 10 billion cubic metres of water - a quarter of the water that can be allocated for use from the Yellow River in a normal year - will be consumed by 16 new coal-fired power plants on the mainland by 2015, exacerbating water shortages in the arid northwest, a Greenp

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 4:42am

Beijing moves to root out GM crops

A ban on genetically modified crops is finally set to become law amid claims that mainland diners are unwittingly being served up transgenic rice.

The issue has sparked heated debate following media reports that GM rice has already made it on to the dinner plate, but the draft law has been met with criticism that it does not go far enough.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

S. Africa wants to take rhino DNA samples

South Africa wants to send officials to Hong Kong to help investigate the city's largest seizure of rhino horns.

Pretoria had approached Beijing, seeking permission to send experts from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, as well as law enforcement officers.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Business caught in grip of mainland water crisis

The mainland may face a crippling water shortage by 2030 unless more is done to raise storage capacity, with supply disruptions already affecting at least 11 provinces and some businesses, analysts warn.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

GM foods and the right to choose

The saying 'you are what you eat' is a good reminder of the need to eat healthily. To do that, one has to know what is in the food and be able to make informed choices. The growing use of biotechnology in food processing, has made access to such information more important. But this has not yet been recognised by the government.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'GM-free' soy drink claims deceptive, watchdog says

The consumer watchdog has called for mandatory labelling of all food products with genetically modified ingredients after finding some so-called 'GM-free' soy drinks actually contained a significant amount of the material.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing's self-made water shortage

For anyone wishing to understand the water problems facing mainland cities, there is no better place to start than Beijing, where an intrinsic scarcity of water is made worse by a whole range of human and natural factors.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Benefits of GM foods outweigh risks

Genetically modified (GM) food comes from organisms whose DNA has been changed. This technology has sparked controversy as some people say it goes against the rules of nature. What's more, we don't know what it might do to humans and the environment.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing's water plan doesn't go far enough, critics say

The central government's first national water plan does not go far enough in addressing the mainland's severe water problems, critics say.

Among its recommendations, the No 1 water plan sets administrative limits on consumption, stipulating that the country's total water usage should not exceed 670 billion cubic metres in 2020, and 700 billion cubic metres in 2030.

21 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Water is ver precious

China's northwest is a giant desert with kilometre after kilometre of sand dunes, rocky mountain ranges and low scrubby plants.

I've just come back from a motorcycle trip across northern mainland, from Beijing to Kashgar, in the Xinjiang autonomous region . One word can sum up what I saw: 'dry.'

18 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Ocean Park under fire over whale exhibit

An international conservationist has criticised a possible plan by Ocean Park to capture endangered species from Russian waters, saying it should not build exhibits for animals before research is completed.

6 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Diversion won't end water crisis, report says

The solution to Beijing's long-term water shortage is not heavy spending on large-scale infrastructure projects such as the South-North Water Diversion Project, a recently published report says.

The project has suffered repeated delays and seen its budget balloon to 420 billion yuan (HK$479.62 billion).

16 Aug 2010 - 12:00am


Let's stop compensated dating

Young girls getting involved in compensated dating is a serious problem. It is not only a social problem, but also a moral issue. It is probably related to other problems, which makes it complex.

31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Two sides to genetically modified food

In the last decade, genetically modified food has become more common worldwide. Some people think such food is harmful to human beings. But I believe there are both positive and negative consequences to its use.

On the positive side, GM crops can help increase the supply of food and reduce food shortages in some developing countries.

27 Jul 2010 - 12:00am


Be fair to women

Discrimination is a problem in many countries. Even in a modern city like Hong Kong, gender discrimination is still a problem.

Recently, Hong Kong people have been concerned about setting a minimum wage.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am