Janson Lau Ka-ki, 18, student who learned that his combined science qualification, one of his seven subjects in Hong Kong's Diploma of Secondary Education, would not be accepted by the University of East Anglia
quote from SCMP: The event [launch of Adidas' new line of yoga clothing in May 2012] got a bit off track when Lam was asked why she doesn't wear bikinis. Apparently her fear of the revealing bathing suit started in secondary school, when the boys would pull on her straps. Now when she swims she prefers to focus on her health. "I want to increase my lung capacity!" An important goal for a budding singer.
Cado Lee, 20-year-old scrumhalf (May 2012), Hong Kong Rugby Football Union.
Scrumhalf Cado Lee and winger Salom Yiu Kam-shing, together with substitute prop Alex Ng Wai-shing, will present the local face of rugby as Mong Kok Stadium hosts an international for the first time in 13 years (26 May 2012)
Good letter from Professor Johnny Chan ... putting Professor Wyss Yim in his place
Global warming sceptics must stop cherry-picking data
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 February, 2015, 5:04pm
Urbanisation enhances warming in the cities but the increase in temperature is global and not confined to the cities. Photo: TNS
Wyss Yim's letter published on January 29 ("Hottest year? Not in Hong
Kong") argued that urbanisation is the culprit of all the warming that
is observed, and that the global temperature actually decreased during
the period from 1998 to 2014.
This is typical of climate sceptics who often cherry-pick data to argue that the globe is not warming.
If urbanisation were the only reason for the observed warming, why
has the Arctic sea ice shrunk by about a third since 1980? Why have
significant amounts of ice melted in many of the glaciers? Why has the
ocean temperature continued to increase? In these places, very few
people live, and surely no urbanisation exists.
Yes, urbanisation enhances warming in the cities but the increase in
temperature is global and not confined to the cities. According to the
World Meteorological Organisation, the weather authority within the
United Nations, the average temperature over land and ocean in 2014 was
0.57 degrees Celsius above the 1961-1990 average.
Note that the average over land includes all temperature records and
not only those in the cities. Just because the temperature in Hong Kong
is not the hottest does not imply global warming is not occurring!
As to the "pause" in the warming, the climate system is very complex
and the global temperature will always be affected by many factors that
occur on relatively short time scales.
Yes, there was short-term downward trend in temperature during the
period from 1998 to 2013, but this also happened in the 1970s. And, yet,
after the brief downturn, the temperature rose again.
What we are talking about here is a long-term trend and not a
short-term one. While there might be periods during which the global
temperature decreases, it is still increasing if you examine the record
for a longer period of time.
I think the climate sceptics should not cherry-pick data to argue
that human-induced global warming is not occurring. There is
overwhelming evidence that their argument is invalid.
If we continue to say that human activity has nothing to do with the
observed increase in temperature, and therefore nothing needs to be done
to reduce our greenhouse emissions, our earth as we know it will be
Of course, most of us reading this letter will be dead by the time
this happens, but is it fair to do this to our future generations?
Johnny Chan, dean and chair professor of atmospheric science, City University of Hong Kong
Perhaps Thomas Jefferson said it best with: “Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error“. Much error exists in the world and this blog, from the perspective of one Hong Kong SAR resident, is a small attempt to minimize errors.
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