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  • Sep 23, 2014
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More species near extinction, says conservation group

A freshwater shrimp, an island-dwelling lizard and a pupfish from Arizona have been declared extinct, while nearly 21,000 species are at risk of dying out, an updated "red list" released yesterday showed.

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013, 3:19am

Harlequin ladybird shows dangers of alien species as biological control

The harlequin ladybird was once a stalwart ally of greenhouse owners around the world. Native to Japan, Korea and other parts of eastern Asia, the bright red beetles were prized for their aphid-eating abilities - until they caused serious declines in other ladybird populations.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Crazy ant invades the US South

The southern United States is being invaded - again. This time it is erratic but troublesome "crazy ants" from South America marching - actually, hitching rides - setting up massive colonies and relieving other occupying ant armies, including fire ants, of their duties.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

Viper's light-absorbing black scales are a wonder of nature's nanotechnology

The West African Gaboon viper, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the pattern of its skin that are deep, velvety black and reflect very little light.

19 May 2013 - 1:38am

Nature needs a voice in Hong Kong to protect Chinese white dolphins

It is difficult not to be amazed by the diversity of life forms when you venture into a tropical rainforest or dive into a coral reef. Locally, a trip to a mudflat, such as at Lung Mei at low spring tide, or to the Deep Bay wetlands in winter equally yields wonders.

18 May 2013 - 4:10am 3 comments

Turn back the tide

Paul Rose’s powerful bearing and wind-worn face make him easy to spot in the crowded lobby. Sipping tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Rose seems like a man from a different time.

6 May 2013 - 10:21am

Environmentalists raise awareness of Nanling National Forest Park

When nature lovers found some virgin forest in Guangdong's Nanling National Forest Park destroyed, they confronted a developer, winning an admission of culpability. The environmentalists maintained their PR momentum by recruiting the Nanling Discoverers to raise awareness. Yang Heng, a 26-year-old botanist, explains a nature education programme that the developer now helps fund.

5 May 2013 - 5:32am

New study reverses theory of chameleons' origins

Chameleons took to the waves to migrate from Africa to Madagascar about 65 million years ago, said a study published last week that seeks to resolve a roiling biological debate.

31 Mar 2013 - 1:06am

Eco tours show visitors the natural hot spots of Hong Kong

It is one of eight eco-tours on Hong Kong and Lamma islands from which nature lovers can now choose in order to explore some of the city's rarest wildlife and most spectacular scenery.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Japanese researchers discover gliding squid that use jet propulsion

Japanese scientists have confirmed the long-rumoured secret power of a species of oceanic squid. It can fly.

The unlikely aerialists were witnessed zooming across the ocean surface for more than 30 metres at speeds faster than champion sprinter Usain Bolt, the researchers said yesterday.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:31am