Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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Meteorological Bureau issues earliest ever typhoon warning

Posted by Kimberly on April 18, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
April 18, 2008 (318 words)

The Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) yesterday issued a tropical cyclone warning for typhoon ‘Neoguri’, the earliest period at which such warnings have ever been issued.
With the signal No. 1 being hoisted at 6:am yesterday morning, the warning forecasted strong rain and winds ad was heading toward Sanya City, in southern Hainan.
The signal at No. 1 showed that the centre of the tropical cyclone was less than 800 kilometres by 5:00 pm last evening from Macau and could later affect the peninsula.
It was packing winds of up to 126 kilometres per hour.
The Bureau said the centre of the typhoon would move north-westward at a speed of 15 km per hour and may hit the southern coast of Hainan this afternoon or tomorrow morning, or skim over the offshore areas.
The Bureau urged ships and boats to return to shore and local residents to take precautions against the typhoon.
Neoguri, the first tropical storm to hit this year, was formed in the South China Sea on Tuesday. It strengthened into a typhoon on Wednesday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »


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Earth Hour blackout highlights global warming

Posted by Kimberly on March 30, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
March 30, 2008 (309 words)

Australia’s largest city was shrouded in darkness on Saturday night as it launched a worldwide
campaign stretching from Sydney to San Francisco to highlight global warming, even encompassing Macau to some extent.
Sydney was the first major metropolis to mark Saturday’s ‘Earth Hour’, a self-imposed 60-minute black-out, with the lights on landmark buildings, corporate skyscrapers, businesses and homes switched off from 8:00 pm (1700 Macau time).
From there the initiative, which aimed to engage the community in combating global warming, saw lights dimmed or turned off at 8:00 pm local time in Asian cities such as Bangkok and Manila, before spreading further to Europe and the Americas. Tel Aviv marked the event on March 27 for religious reasons.
‘Earth Hour’ founder Andy Ridley, who has said up to 30 million people could participate this year, said he was amazed at how far the initiative had spread since it was launched by environmental group WWF in Sydney a year ago.
“When we first talked about it, right at the beginning, our dream was to come up with something that made sense to a lot of people to do,” he said.
“And what seems to have happened is that it does seem to make sense to a lot of people to do it.”
‘Earth Hour’ encourages governments, companies and homeowners to voluntarily switch off power to non-essential appliances for one hour to illustrate how, by working together, people can make a difference by using less energy, thereby producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
About 2.2 million people are estimated to have participated in the 2007 Sydney event which left the city’s iconic harbourside Opera House and nearby Harbour Bridge bathed in moonlight as restaurant diners ate by candlelight and company logos on office buildings were dimmed.

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Macau raises efforts to be included in Kyoto Protocol

Posted by Kimberly on December 17, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
December 17, 2007 (424 words)

The secretary for Transport and Public Works, Mr Lau Si Io, attended a carnival organised by several government departments to mark Macau’s effort to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, highlighting the effects the city’s pollution was having on the environment.

According to the director of the Macau meteorological and geo-physical bureau, Mr Fong Soi-kun, the Macau government is intending to apply to the Central Government to submit documents to the United Nations to allow Macau to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, once approval had been obtained from the central government.

The process of application is expected to take at least four months and should be completed by April, 2008.

Mr Fong spoke to the media explaining that the Macau government had devised a plan and it already had a list of the cause of the most polluted gas emissions causing climate changes in Macau. “Macau will come up with policies to limit the emissions of pollutant gases,” he said, adding that they had obtained a study that showed Macau was suffering climate changes and as such, cause our warmer winters.

“Between 2008 and 2012, Macau wants to reduce gas emissions and pollutants by between 5 and 10 percent in order to save energy and reduce pollution,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Task force to address Macau’s salinity problem

Posted by Kimberly on September 13, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 13, 2007, page 4 (523 words)

Macau’s salinity task force resumed operation yesterday to address potential problems that may occur this winter, said Ms Susana Wong, Director of the Maritime Administration.
Speaking at the meeting she added that with Macau heading into its “shallow season” between October this year and March next year, the group had rejoined for a preparatory session.
“The river has a full and shallow season so we took a break during the full season because there’s no salinity problem between March and September,” she said.
“The reason [for the task force] is that we have been contacting the continental governmental body, the Pearl River Water Resources Commission,” she said, the organisation that has been observing and co-ordinating all water issues in the Pearl River Delta.
“They are organising some kind of transfer of fresh water from upriver to downstream by central coordination,” she added.
The transfer in question is the Penggang Project which was constructed last year, significantly helping to improve the salinity problem, one that Macau suffered severely from in the winter of 2005/2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why the typhoon-that-never-was fizzled out to a tropical depression

Posted by Kimberly on August 10, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 10, 2007, page 2 (742 words)

Photo provided by Sara Farr


Macau is set to experience it’s first typhoon of the year and this one’s not alone.
According to the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG), there is another tropical cyclone to follow Pabuk, the one the city is currently experiencing.
The second cyclone is affecting Taiwan soon and “perhaps it will come to us as well,” says Miss Florence Leong Ka Cheng, Chief of the Aeronautical Meteorological Centre.
“Most of the forecasting is suggesting this second tropical cyclone will go to the northern part of Taiwan.
“There is some possibility that it will follow Pabuk and go into the South China Sea. It’s too early to make a decision,” she added.
As for Pabuk, the SMG have so far hoisted a number one signal, which was done at 6am yesterday.
After crossing western Taiwan, the severe tropical storm entered the South China Sea and had taken a western path towards the Pearl River Delta. Read the rest of this entry »

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