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Thermodynamics

Coastal projects may heat up HK, green group says

Coastal reclamation could worsen the heat-island effect and make city centres further inland too hot, leading to higher energy consumption, an environmental group warned in a recent study.

Friday, 6 January, 2012, 12:00am

Spring not quite sprung

It might officially be spring but Hong Kong has just experienced an unseasonably cool and dry March. The Observatory said the weather last month was less humid than usual, with mean relative humidity at 71 per cent, 11 per cent lower than average. Rainfall was also 71 per cent lower than normal. The mean temperature was 18 degrees Celsius, 0.9 degrees cooler than usual.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

On the shelf

It's easy to forget that the popular chocolate and hazelnut spread Nutella is based on gianduia (also spelled gianduja) - which is (you guessed it) a chocolate and hazelnut spread. The original, though, is a sophisticated, adult version of Nutella - it's not as sweet and it's nuttier and richer. The Caffarel Crema gianduia contains 40 per cent hazelnuts, compared with Nutella's 13 per cent.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Some students left in the cold as temperatures drop

Yesterday's cold snap killed a police sergeant in Ma On Shan and sent students shivering throughout Hong Kong. While most schools are still busy with exams, students complain about being forced to wear unsuitable school uniforms and sit in classrooms without heating.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Big drop in temperatures means its time to unpack the heavy blankets

It is time to unpack the thick blankets and warm coats.

With a strong winter monsoon arriving next week, the temperature is expected to fall by 10 degrees Celsius overnight on Monday and Tuesday.

4 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Drivers not satisfied after backdown on idling engines

Lawmakers and professional drivers are pushing for more exemptions after the government backed down and agreed to waive the proposed ban on idling engines during rainstorms or on very hot days.

Some legislators said an exemption should be given whenever the mercury hit 27 degrees Celsius while others called for the ban to be lifted for the whole summer.

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Twilight fixtures a way to beat summer heat

Only a week ago, we made mention of the Jockey Club's creep into July and the increased likelihood of stormy, unpleasant weather to sour the punting taste. Not only that, heavy rains during meetings play a part in ruining tracks which are getting less of a rest between seasons as a result of extra meetings.

7 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Break the mould

The worst trait of our summer arrived early this year. One minute Hong Kong was shivering - the next the annual mould home invasion was back.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

A wet page

Water words

What are the following?

1 distilled water

a. water used to cook with

b. water that has been made purer by heating it until it becomes a gas, then cooling it until it becomes a liquid again

2 gripe water

a. expensive bottled water

3 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

The coolest show on earth

Harbin is a forbidding, dark-at-4pm town with roads covered in ice. The next stop north is Russia and gazing out of the window of a hotel on the edge of Stalin Park - across the frozen Songhua River to trees rimmed by frost - it's easy to imagine that this is what Siberian labour camp inmates would have looked out on.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

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