Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Farming without Soil

Farming without Soil

Urban development may seem to have killed off agriculture in Hong Kong, but, hydroponics and aquaponics are emerging as alternative farming methods which could revive local agriculture.

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Bidding a Green Farewell to Life

Bidding a Green Farewell to Life

Floral tributes made from ribbons, paper coffins and recycled mourning clothes would go a long way in cutting down the waste generated at a conventional funeral. But despite efforts to promote green funerals in Hong Kong, traditional attitudes and beliefs along with reluctance on the part of commercial undertakers, are proving to be obstacles.

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Stop and Look at the Birds

Stop and Look at the Birds

Hong Kong is a paradise for birds, and a paradise for birdwatchers. Conservationists say Hong Kong has good laws on bird protection and world-class wetland habitats, But as Varsity finds out, unrelenting development and poor awareness among the general public could threaten the environment for birds.

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Making the Cut

Making the Cut

Trees are a welcome sight in our concrete jungle, but they often suffer from crowding, pollution and inappropriate care. Apart from causing damage to the trees, the poor management of trees also poses a risk to human safety. Conservationists and arborists – or tree doctors – say Hong Kong needs a Tree Ordinance and better urban planning are need to improve tree management.

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Be an EARTH.er

Be an EARTH.er

Proving fashion can be eco-friendly and ethical, Earth.er aims to put the planet and people at the heart of its business.

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The Cost of Hong Kong’s Dirty Air

The Cost of Hong Kong’s Dirty Air

There is no doubt we have a problem with the air we breathe. Hong Kong’s dirty air is costing the territory billions of dollars and driving away professional talent. The government has vowed to tackle roadside pollution by phasing out the most polluting vehicles. But maritime pollution is an even bigger culprit when it comes to some of the major pollutants in the air. As Varsity learns, even shipowners are urging the administration to take tougher action.

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Plant a Pencil

Plant a Pencil

Instead of chewing your pencil tops, or throwing the useless stubs away, plant them and reap a harvest of edible plants such as basil, parsley and even tomatoes. Varsity shows you how with Sprout, a pencil with a seed capsule.

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Saying Goodbye to Lung Mei

Saying Goodbye to Lung Mei

Environmentalists and ordinary members of the public have been flocking to Lung Mei Beach before the government implement plans to turn the strip of Tai Po coastline into an artificial swimming beach. As one last-ditch attempt to save the strip, which is abundant with marine life, follows another, people are appreciating the wildlife and saying goodbye, perhaps for one last time.

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Snake King

Snake King

Hong Kong is home to more than 50 species of snakes, some of which are poisonous. The territory also boasts a tradition of “snake kings”, trained snake handlers who are experts at capturing wild snakes. Although snake kings also offer health tonics and delicacies made from snakes, they also work with conservationists to protect local snakes while keeping them away from humans.

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Islanders fight Shek Kwu Chau Incinerator Plan

Islanders fight Shek Kwu Chau Incinerator Plan

The future of the government’s plans to build a multi-billion dollar waste incinerator off Shek Kwu Chau has been thrown into uncertainty after legislators opposed the proposal. Opposition to the plan has been most vocal from green groups and residents on nearby Cheung Chau. But little has been heard from actual inhabitants of Shek Kwu Chau, who would live on the doorstep of the facility.

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