Category Archives: Environmental

Earth Hour – 27 March

In support of Earth Hour, we are all being encouraged to turn lights off from 8:30pm on Sat 27th March 2010 for one hour. This is intended to show the stand millions of people around the world are making against … Continue reading

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Juvenile Whale Shark Killed in Philippines

An 18 foot whale shark was found last week in Bahay Kambing, a cove in the municipality of Tingloy, by some divers, including several from Hong Kong. Its dorsal and pectoral fins had all been cut off and there were … Continue reading

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Hong Kong photographer on diving expedition the Antarctic

The Standard are reporting that Elizabeth Quat will become the first woman from Hong Kong to be involved in a diving expedition to the Antarctic for research purposes. The article isn’t actually clear on whether she will actually be diving … Continue reading

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Superswarms of krill

Dense superswarms of krill form in the Southern Ocean and some can stretch for tens of kilometres. Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans such as the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). Scientists have discovered that there are two main types of swarms. The … Continue reading

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Underwater cabinet meeting goes ahead

President Mohamed Nasheed (pictured) of the Maldives and 11 of his ministers held the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting. They were all in diving gear at a depth of 4 metres. It was a PR stunt to raise awareness of … Continue reading

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Diversitas claims world won’t meet biodiversity targets

Scientists from Diversitas, an international programme of biodiversity science, have warned of an alarming increase of animal extinctions as a result of threats to biodiversity and ecosystems. In a blog they seem particularly concerned about freshwater species. At the 6th … Continue reading

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Maldives government underwater

In an attempt to highlight the threat of climate change, the government of the Maldives will hold a cabinet meeting underwater. On 17th October, all the cabinet ministers bar one (who has a health problem that precludes diving) will hold … Continue reading

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RGS lecture – Picturing the Science

On Thursday evening the Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong are presenting a lecture by Dr. Gavin Schmidt on NASA’s research into the nature of global warming and consequent climate change. The lecture is apparently going to combine scientific analysis … Continue reading

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Palau to create “shark sanctuary”

According to the BBC, Palau is intending to create the world’s first shark sanctuary by banning all commercial shark fishing in its waters. Johnson Toribiong, Palau’s President, announced this on Friday at the UN General Assembly. It will protect 600,000 … Continue reading

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Plastics and Project Kaisei

Last Thursday SCDC organised a talk by Nico Zurcher about the extent to which smaller less noticeable plastics affect our oceans and environment. It was a fascinating talk based on some of the research that Nico did examining Hong Kong … Continue reading

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New coral species found in Galapagos

Scientists working in the Galapagos have found 3 new species of coral and one that had been thought to be extinct. The area they were researching was near Wolf and Darwin islands, which are in the north-east of the island … Continue reading

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RGS Lecture: One Planet Economy

On Thursday the Royal Geographical Society of Hong Kong is presenting a lecture by Dr. Alan Knight, who has spent nearly 20 years in sustainable development in the fields of retail, global finance and advising government. He specialises in working … Continue reading

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