Clean water and a good book

Today the worthy Hong Kong Free Press published an article I started back in the summer: Independent research finds Hong Kong beaches more contaminated than government says.

It explains how HKU student researchers used WHO-approved methods to test the cleanliness of beach water, finding high levels of fecal bacteria at sites to which the Environmental Protection Department, which uses an older standard, had given the all-clear.

It was originally a science reporting exercise which focused on the research methodology, but I always felt the underlying issue was important and wanted to see it as a news story, which it became once the research was accepted by a scientific journal.

It was great to do a story on an issue I really care about and meet some cool people along the way, like marine biochemistry professor Dave Baker and his team.

Also, on the weekend I received my author copy of Halsbury’s Tort. Here it lies resplendent. It may have only been a three-yearly update and rewrite knocked out at the tail end of the summer, but it’s more than five times the length of a PhD thesis. Food for thought…