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Climate-change plans can no longer be put off

The recent tropical storm that hit the southern Philippines, killing more than 1,200 people at the last count, was exacerbated by a combination of factors. Foreign observers have noted that the disaster was reminiscent of the devastating 2004 Asian tsunami.

Monday, 2 January, 2012, 12:00am

Death in flood an accident, court says

The drowning of a 72-year-old man in his Sheung Shui village house in a downpour caused by a typhoon last year was accidental, the Coroner's Court found yesterday.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Improving the regulation of rare-earth exports will help us to protect the environment

Vice-Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, saying China will continue to regulate rare- earth exports according to Chinese law and WTO rules

The devil is dancing

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Nature's cruellest trick

As lakes vanished, crops withered and died and drinking water ran out through the first five months of the year, signs of an end to China's worst drought in 50 years seemed like the answer to a billion prayers at the beginning of this month. But then the rain kept coming, and it has not stopped.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The proof that we can pull together in a crisis

I have been getting e-mails from friends in Japan. Here is a typical description of Tokyo in late evening on the day of the earthquake.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Step up disaster prevention, Wen urges

Premier Wen Jiabao has urged local governments to step up efforts in disaster prevention while heavy rains sweep the country's south and cause floods. Wen made the call during an inspection tour to flood-hit Hunan province. He told officials it was a priority to ensure the safety of people and asked them to help farmers resume agricultural production.

3 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Winter monsoon brings low temperatures

Another cold snap is forecast today, with temperatures expected to plummet to 11 degrees Celsius and a couple of degrees lower than that in the New Territories. The Observatory issued a cold weather warning at 4.20pm yesterday following the arrival of a cold winter monsoon.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Cooler weather in coming days

Temperatures will fall in the next few days as a northeast monsoon blows over southern China, Observatory senior officer Mok Hing-yim said. The monsoon reached the coast of southern China on Sunday.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Dredging in wetland a recipe for disaster

Widespread dredging has claimed a fifth of the biggest wetland in Fujian province , posing a potential threat to hundreds of thousands of nearby residents when floods strike.

27 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Search for 11 miners trapped by flash flood

Rescuers were still scrambling yesterday to pump out water in a desperate attempt to locate 11 coal miners after a flash flood swamped the Makulue colliery in Xingxian county, Shanxi province , on Sunday.

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am