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Parent’s group warns of ‘aggressive’ response to government inaction  Listenfacebook
A concerned father who launched a popular online campaign for the administration to scrap controversial city-wide assessment tests for students, has warned that government inaction will prompt parents to take more “aggressive” action such as boycotting the tests next June. Clement Kam says a government offer to review the Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) is not enough, and the tests should be suspended immediately. Earlier, the chairman of Legco’s education panel, Lam Tai-fai, warned after chairing a special hearing on the issue that the matter could spiral into a political crisis for the government if improperly handled. Kam told RTHK’s Annemarie Evans why so many parents are so worked up about the tests:
Viral ‘selfie’ campaign launched to protect country parks  Listenfacebook
An alliance of green groups has called on nature lovers to spread out across Hong Kong’s country parks on December 13 and take selfies – as a novel way to pressure the government not to develop the territory’s protected green areas. The Save Our Country Parks Alliance says participants of what they’ve declared as the first annual “Country Parks Appreciation Day” should post their photos on social media, in what they hope will be a viral campaign to counter recent calls for the administration to consider developing country parks to ease Hong Kong’s housing shortage. Jim Gould speaks to Nicola Newbery – who chairs Friends of Hoi Ha – about the campaign:
Climate talks open to high expectations in Paris  Listenfacebook
More than 150 world leaders are attending United Nations climate change talks in Paris, armed with promises and accompanied by high expectations as they look to hold back the Earth's rising temperature. French President Francois Hollande said a deal to try to keep any further increase in global temperatures to below two degrees celsius needed to be "universal, differentiated and binding", with richer countries contributing more than poorer ones. At the opening of the talks, Hollande also linked terrorism to global warming, saying these are the two “big global challenges we have to face up to.” Our Europe correspondent Peter Anderson spoke to Annemarie Evans shortly after the conference opened in Paris: