Pacific Ocean

China's 'friendship' in the Pacific draws thanks and suspicions

Chinese cash paid for the flash Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission administrative building and the state government headquarters.

Part-way between Guam and Hawaii, Beijing is not laying claim to sovereignty over Pohnpei island but is aiming to win new friends in the government.

Monday, 18 February, 2013, 8:47am 1 comment

Japanese scientists film deep-sea giant squid

An 8-metre-long giant squid, holding a smaller bait squid, is seen 630 metres below sea level near Japan's Ogasawara islands. Photos: AFP

Scientists and broadcasters said yesterday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time.

8 Jan 2013 - 4:20am

Short Science, January 6, 2013

El Nino, shown by the white area at the equator. Photo: AFP

The frequency and volatility of El Nino, a weather pattern that hammers the tropical Pacific Ocean every five years or so, does not seem linked to climate change, US research shows. 

6 Jan 2013 - 4:57am

Nautilus Minerals drops underwater goldmine plans

Geologists with Nautilus Minerals examine a drill core sample. Photo: NYT

A London-listed company's plans to create the world's first underwater goldmine on the Pacific seabed have hit the rocks. Nautilus Minerals' problems come as China and Russia's duel for riches at the bottom of the ocean intensifies.

3 Jan 2013 - 6:08am

Greenpeace films Asian 'laundering' of tuna

An illegal fish transfer takes place on the Heng Xing 1. Photo: AFP

Fishing vessels registered in the Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia have been filmed "laundering" illegally caught tuna, environment activist group Greenpeace International said yesterday.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Vicente strikes HK

Typhoon Vicente was the second storm to shut down the city this year. It was strong enough for the Observatory to issue the No 10 hurricane signal for almost three hours early yesterday morning.

It was the first time that the No 10 signal was hoisted since Typhoon York in 1999.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pylons bolstered to cope with super typhoons

The city's ageing electricity pylons will not withstand super typhoons that are increasingly likely to strike the city amid climate change, according to CLP, which yesterday briefed the media on measures to strengthen the structures.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Container firms cut Pacific routes as fuel costs rise

Higher fuel costs, increased competition and lower revenues have taken their toll on niche container shipping companies operating transpacific services between Asia and North America.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Fuel project to curb plastic attack on seas

With rapid development and a growing appetite for plastic, Asia is on track to become a major contributor to the vortexes of rubbish in the world's oceans, a marine conservation group has warned.

There are signs that Hong Kong could already be partly to blame for the pollution.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

G.E.M. shows her sparkle

Given Name: (Gloria) Tang Shi-wing Born: Shanghai, China Age: 19 Zodiac Sign: Leo Chinese Zodiac: Sheep

Project Kaisei: A non-profit organisation that focuses on the elimination of plastic waste in the ocean.

Inside the Plastic Vortex: A 3D display of plastic waste collected from the ocean.

17 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Support the war on floating waste

The Plastic Vortex is one of the great man-made environmental disasters, yet no one knew about it until 1997. Plastic waste, carried and trapped by currents in the North Pacific Ocean, accumulates over years and forms a floating patch 1,000 times the size of Hong Kong.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

Wanted: environmentally conscious students prepared to dive into the vortex

Local students can compete for a place on the world's first expedition testing how to clean up a floating patch of plastic waste more than 1,000 times bigger than Hong Kong.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

Massive whirlpool concentrates 'soup' of garbage in Pacific

Currents in the North Pacific Ocean move rubbish into calm seas, where it accumulates to form the Plastic Vortex. The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre is an oval-shaped vortex of air and water moving clockwise between the equator and 50?N latitude. Trash has been sucked into the centre of the vortex over the years.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

War on floating waste deserves our support

The so-called Plastic Vortex is one of today's great man-made environmental disasters, yet no one knew about it until 1997. The scale of the pollution is simply mind-boggling. Plastic waste, carried and trapped by currents in the North Pacific Ocean, accumulates over years and forms a floating patch 1,000 times the size of Hong Kong. Despite its size, it escaped detection for years.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

Island and Water Lily

Island and Water Lily

Wayne Bregulla

Culture Club

3 Feb 2009 - 12:00am