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Reef encounter

Lizard Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef offers holistic escape among nature’s wonders. Michael Sweet finds creatures and comforts to his liking.

Tuesday, 9 October, 2012, 9:54am

Tap water may be better than the bottled variety

Humans can survive for quite a long time without food but it doesn't take long to suffer from dehydration. We lose water through sweat, urine, faeces and even just breathing.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:29am

China still tests bottled drinking water using 'Soviet standards'

China still follows regulations adopted from the Soviet Union to test bottled drinking water, the Beijing News reported on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Water wars pit thirsty Dakotas against barges for Missouri flow

The Missouri River has blessed and cursed Kevin Schmidt, alternately nourishing or overrunning his farmland. This year its water saved his cows, and it may do so again next year if a lack of rain dries out his soil.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:21pm

City scope: here be Hong Kong dragons

With the thundering of drums, the muscular sportsmen and women, the nods to Chinese culture and the team camaraderie, it's hard not to get swept away by the spectacle that is dragon boat racing.

27 Aug 2012 - 12:08am

Letters to the Editor, South China Morning Post, August 18, 2012

Non-urgent cases can be deterred

In recent years many Hong Kong residents have misused the Hospital Authority's accident and emergency wards by seeking treatment for conditions which are not emergency cases.

This means that patients who may have genuinely serious ailments have to wait before medical personnel can attend to them.

18 Aug 2012 - 2:37am

Weak market conditions lead to US$196m net loss

Dry bulk, towage and ferry company Pacific Basin acknowledged it suffered an unaudited net loss of US$196 million in the first half of the year compared with a net profit of US$3 million in the same period last year.

13 Aug 2012 - 11:11am

United we stand

When was the last time you tried something new?' Robert Sheriff asks as he effortlessly balances a long board on his head that dwarfs his almost 1.8-metre frame.

'I'm excited,' I lie, albeit enthusiastically. Although eager to experiment with the world's fastest-growing water sport, I realise I have no idea what I'm doing.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Pool showers drain on resources

Some public swimming pools are operating inefficient showers that spray out as much as 14 litres of water per minute, an inspection by the South China Morning Post has found.

Visits to five local pool complexes found shower heads tested at two complexes failed to attain the top performing standards in water efficiency, while another two only just meet the top standard.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Making waves

As leisure activities go, owning a luxury yacht doesn't have the greenest of reputations. Motor yachts in particular are not fuel-efficient vessels and, in addition to all the energy used up and pollutants generated by their engines, there's the power required to provide air-conditioning and all the other electrical functions needed to make them a home on the water.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm