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Scientists say reviving extinct species is possible, but question its ethics

Woolly mammoths stomp through the Siberian tundra as the giant moa strides the forest floor of New Zealand and Tasmania's dog-like "tigers" stalk their prey under the cover of night.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 4:58am

Letters to the Editor, January 8, 2013

Drying fins is sensible use of available space

I do not accept the claim that rooftop drying of shark fins or any other animal or plant product is a “dirty trade” (“Shark fin blanketing roof proves dirty trade thrives”, January 4).

8 Jan 2013 - 2:58am 12 comments

Breeding of endangered species is futile without habitat protection

This past summer, a team of biologists scoured Siberian tundra in search of nests and eggs of one of the world's most threatened species, the spoon-billed sandpiper - a small shorebird known to Hong Kong birdwatchers as a scarce annual migrant at Mai Po Marshes.

23 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

Biodiversity aid to double by 2015

Efforts to reverse the worrying loss of dwindling natural resources received a substantial boost yesterday when a UN conference in India agreed to double biodiversity aid to poor countries.

Governments reached a deal in Hyderabad that again saw battle lines drawn between developing and affluent states.

21 Oct 2012 - 4:48am

The Fate of the Species

The Fate of the Species by Fred Guterl Bloomsbury

The world can comfortably hold two billion people but we now have seven billion. So, the planet is already grotesquely overpopulated, with dire implications, according to scientist Fred Guterl.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ice-age baby goes on display in modern-day mall

The world's most well-preserved baby woolly mammoth made her debut at IFC Mall this week.

The month-old calf named Lyuba, which means love in Russian, drowned in a muddy river in what is now Siberia during the ice age.

After lying in her frigid grave for 42,000 years, she is on her first trip to Asia.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Extinction rate theory creates ecological stir

A projected rate of extinctions of animals and plants this century may be less dramatic than feared because the most widely used scientific method could have exaggerated this by as much as 160 per cent, according to a study published in Nature yesterday.

The study, by Professor He Fangliang and Professor Stephen Hubbell, is causing a buzz in the ecological community.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Macaw learns to take to the sky

The 3-D animated comedy adventure, Rio, marks Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha's love affair with his home city, Rio de Janeiro. He came up with the idea for Rio while working on Ice Age 3, which was released in 2009.

'I spent years working on the Ice Age films and had a great time,' says Saldanha. 'Rio is an even more personal journey for me.'

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Incendiary rhetoric is not the answer

In his article, Lau Nai-keung equates recent actions by anti-government forces with 'revolutionary' activity ('Protesters play with fire by breaking rules', March 18).

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Illegal logging in protected forest

Parts of natural forests in Sichuan, which are under the government's preservation programme, have been felled illegally, an environmental protection organisation said.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am