Australian teen bitten by toxic inland taipan, world's most venomous snake

An Australian teenager was critically ill in hospital yesterday after being bitten by the world's most venomous snake, with detectives investigating how he came into contact with the desert reptile.

Friday, 28 September, 2012, 3:46am

Corrections & clarifications

Judith Waldron's letter ('Too early to say that spill is not toxic', August 10) said, incorrectly, that plastic particles at sea absorb persistent organic pollutants onto their surfaces. It should have said the particles adsorb these pollutants. The error was introduced in the editing process.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Delivery includes nasty spider

A Hong Kong mother had an unexpected extra delivered with a package of household items from Australia - a deadly spider.

The venomous redback spider leapt out of some wind chimes which arrived along with other items on Friday at the Sai Kung home of ballet teacher Tina Eldridge.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Asian factories among the least safe, group says

Asia is home to some of the most dangerous workplaces in the world, a Hong Kong-based labour rights centre says in a damning report.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

500 children latest victims of pollution

A flurry of lead-poisoning cases has hit several industrial hubs on the mainland, raising concerns over widespread heavy-metal pollution and its unsettling human toll.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Dead fish, toxic drinking water ... Now for the human toll

Take a look at Hechi city, a booming mining town in the northwest of Guangxi, and the jarring dissonance immediately hits you.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cadmium spill sees plants given marching orders

All heavy-metal smelting plants in Hechi, Guangxi province, will be relocated by 2015, a move that comes amid ongoing efforts to tackle a toxic cadmium spill that has threatened the drinking water of millions of people for weeks.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Toxic metal spill may be worst in decades

Environmental experts say the toxic metal contamination of a tributary of the Pearl River in Guangxi may evolve into the mainland's worst chemical spill in decades.

Local officials have been accused of lax management and secrecy in dealing with the contamination.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Toxins prove deadly in the home

Household poisonings can make for bizarre reading, but the threat is deadly real. Toxins took the lives of 38 Hongkongers last year, in some cases from consuming the most mundane of household items, out of the 4,413 poisoning cases reported to the Hospital Authority.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Pesticide use blasted as risk to children, pets

The Hong Kong government has been accused of being 'totally irresponsible' over health risks to humans and pets by failing to control adequately the use of potentially dangerous chemicals to kill weeds and mosquitoes.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Third of toys tested too toxic for children

Nearly a third of the toys on store shelves contain heavy metals and about 10 per cent have lead levels that exceed national safety standards, Greenpeace said in a report released in Hong Kong yesterday.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Dangerous elements

Yi Xiaomao has tears in her eyes as she talks about the final days of her daughter, Bingjie, who died in 2008, one day before her sixth birthday, partly from cadmium poisoning. The sparse living room is furnished with just a small table, a few wooden stools and an old television. On a wall are posters of a smiling Mao Zedong and the God of Wealth.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

China is hurting its future by not acting on lead poisoning

Another village was found last month to have been poisoned. More than 300 people, including 99 children, were diagnosed with acute lead poisoning in Zhejiang province. Unfortunately, entire villages being poisoned by lead from battery factories or lead smelters is not unusual - in the past year alone, mass poisonings in six provinces have been reported in central and southern China.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Toxic threat part of life for river communities

Pollution in Songbai is just the tip of an iceberg of appalling industrial pollution on the Xiang River, environmental experts have warned.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Hundreds stricken with tinfoil lead poisoning

Hundreds of people, including 103 children, in Zhejiang province have been poisoned in the latest heavy-metal pollution scandal on the mainland, according to state media.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am