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January 05, 2012
The China Air Transport Association (CATA), the country's main aviation trade said yesterday that its member airlines will refuse to pay any carbon costs under the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). From January 1, all airlines using EU airports are required to pay a tax on their carbon emissions as part of the EU’s efforts to combat climate change. "China will not co-operate with the European Union on the ETS, so Chinese airlines will not impose surcharges on customers relating to the emissions tax," CATA deputy secretary-general Cai Haibo told The Guardian.
December 31, 2011
China will open more sectors to foreign investors, encouraging investment in strategic emerging industries, such as energy and other environment-related sectors the central government said Thursday.
December 31, 2011
The Chinese State Council has removed a crucial roadblock to building one of the nation’s most contentious hydroelectric dams, dealing a decisive defeat to the project’s environmental critics — and showcasing the clout of one of the most powerful and ambitious politicians in China, according a report in the New York Times.
December 31, 2011
A maritime court in the northern coastal city of Tianjin yesterday accepted a case of compensation claims from aquaculture farmers who believe the oil leaked from the ConocoPhillips-operated oil field platforms in Bohai Sea resulted in their businesses losses.
December 30, 2011
A former Panasonic manufacturing site 50 kilometres west of Tokyo is being used to develop Japan's first sustainable town, according to a Fairfax report.
December 29, 2011
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced Tuesday that the country has issued four common standards regarding power charging of electric vehicles in efforts to better promote the environmentally friendly products, according to Xinhua.
December 28, 2011
India's planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and renowned economist has called for water charges to be in the the 12th Five-Year plan (2012-17). He called for a "water balance assessment" saying that it was a scarce commodity and it should be used more efficiently. “Water is the most seriously under-priced commodity in the country. Water balance assessment is needed in the 12th Five-Year Plan,” he told the Economic Times.
December 28, 2011
The Indian water and wastewater treatment equipment market was worth over USD1 billion in 2010. A new report from Verify Markets describes it as “dynamic and continues to provide a plethora of opportunities for equipment manufacturers”.
December 28, 2011
China's Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) is boasting that it has spent CNY334.1 billion (USD52.82 billion) on water conservation this year. Following three large-scale droughts and a growing realisation by central government of how polluted China's rivers and ground source water really is, the expenditure was up 70 percent, according to Xinhua.
December 28, 2011
Large-scale miners and commercial wood producers have hit back at special interest groups linking their respective sectors to the devastation wrought by tropical storm Sendong in northern Mindanao and nearby provinces in the southern Philippines, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
December 27, 2011
The Beijing Travel Committee has announced an environmental protection plan aimed at saving water wasted by major hotels during hotel conferences, according to The Global Times.
December 23, 2011
Police fired teargas to break up demonstrations on Thursday over a proposed power plant in a southern China town, where protests have escalated into clashes with police this week and officials tried to calm tempers by suspending the project, according to a Reuters report.
December 23, 2011
China needs about 3.4 trillion yuan (USD536 billion) of investments for environmental protection in the five years through 2015, the State Council said in a blueprint on pollution reduction.
December 22, 2011
US-based ThermoEnergy is planning to break into the Chinese market with its waste-water recovery and power generation technologies. The company says its primary focus is the technology that recovers high value and often toxic chemicals and metals from waste-water produced during the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.
December 20, 2011
Dhaubadi, in remote Nepal has become the ADB's first 'renewable energy village',as the Times of India called it. Using money from the Asian Development Bank and in partnership with the local community and government, the pilot wind-solar hybrid power system brings power to the village. Other clean-tech solutions are being integrated into the pilot. The development allows villagers to work at night by light, recharge mobile phones and even watch television, but its key is local participation.
India biodiversity
December 20, 2011
Yet another bio-diversity hotspot in under threat according to a new report looking at India. Only recently a new WWF report identified the Greater Mekong as a biodiverse area also under imminent threat. Conducted by the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru, Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology in Bhuj, western India and the College of Environmental Sciences at Tajen University in Taiwan, the study will be published in the Journal for Natural Conservation.
Bhutan UN Green Economy Report
December 20, 2011
The United Nations has released a report outlining how its member agencies can work together to help countries move to a green economy. Its the organisation's first inter-agency report on the green economy and argues that to achieve these policies a 'people-centred economy' is crucial.
December 20, 2011
South Korea said conflicts between opposition and ruling party lawmakers are disrupting efforts to make polluters pay for their emissions starting in 2015, according a Bloomberg report yesterday.
December 20, 2011
Many potential buyers will hold off on purchases of electric vehicles (EVs) during 2012 due to the premium pricing of the vehicles, according to a new white paper from Pike Research.
December 19, 2011
China’s industries produce more than 65 percent of air pollutants and seriously impair people's health, says a report released last week by a Beijing-based environmental group.