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Wildlife

Bauhinia – Hong Kong orchid tree

Bauhinia – Hong Kong orchid tree

 Bauhinia – Hong Kong emblem Bauhinia, emblem of Hong Kong, is a tree with beautiful, orchid-like flowers. For much of the year, one of the commoner trees in Hong Kong’s city parks and gardens looks rather…

Hong Kong Wild Stars

Hong Kong Wild Stars

Hong Kong’s rare dolphin, spoonbill, tree frog, and a dragonfly There are some parts of the world whose names evoke images of both wildness and teeming cities. Florida, say, conjures visions of swamps with lurking alligators,…

Conservation

Unrelenting China eco horror show threatens us all

Unrelenting China eco horror show threatens us all

I first came to China in 1985, to study bird migration at Beidaihe, on the coast east of Beijing. There was little traffic in the town, where carts pulled by…

Confessions of a crazy conservationist

I’m about to confess to long-term crazy behaviour on my part. And then, I will read your mind.             First, the confession. For over a quarter of a century, I…

Science

Perhaps Covid arose through lab leak of tweaked bat Coronavirus

Perhaps Covid arose through lab leak of tweaked bat Coronavirus

When I first read of Covid originating near a lab conducting experiments with viruses, I thought just coincidence. Since then, I’ve come to believe in lab origin – and that…

The Covid Conundrum: Endless Lockdowns, Let It Rip … or What?

The Covid Conundrum: Endless Lockdowns, Let It Rip … or What?

Over two years into the Covid pandemic, and with yet more anti-pandemic measures introduced by the Hong Kong government, it surely seems like we’re in a perpetual state of déjà…

Travel

Kenting – Laid-back Southernmost Taiwan; and Almost Polynesia on Lanyu

Kenting – Laid-back Southernmost Taiwan; and Almost Polynesia on Lanyu

On a fine day, the Eluanbi Lighthouse is a peaceful place. A few tourists stroll into the compound with low, white-painted buildings and the lighthouse that’s a classic round tower…

Seram and Haruku, South Maluku: The Islands Where Birds Colour the World

Seram and Haruku, South Maluku: The Islands Where Birds Colour the World

There are resorts that might be described as “Away from it all” when, truth be told, they’re little more than just around a corner from the nearest highway or airport.…