Ecosystem

Unspoilt Aru Islands forest and devestating plantation plan
March 17, 2014
The Indonesian Government, which is supposed to be committed to protecting natural forest, is facing a test of that obligation on the Aru Islands, located in the Arafura Sea southwest of New Guinea and north of Australia. Last year Indonesian forestry minister Zulkifli Hasan said the government was extending a moratorium, in place since 2011, on issuing permits for conversions of natural forests or peatland. The moratorium is crucial to the country’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2020 but sugar cane plantations are exempt.
March 14, 2014
A new mangrove forest is to be planted along the lower reaches of the Thi Vai River near Ho Chi Minh City as part of effort to stop industrial pollution being discharged into Dong Nai Delta, a critical wetland environment.
March 14, 2014
A World Bank-funded agricultural pollution control project, aimed at preventing pollution from "non-point" sources and reduce pollutants from crop and livestock production, has been initiated in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
March 14, 2014
PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI), the Indonesian subsidiary of US-based oil company Chevron, plans to relocate the families of its employees from areas affected by air pollution from land fires, to avoid negative health effects.
March 13, 2014
Forestry experts and environmental groups in the Philippines are raising concerns about what they consider to be an “excessive use” of exotic trees (such as gmelina and the introduced broadleaf mahogany) over indigenous varieties in the country’s greening program.
March 12, 2014
The Indian subsidiary of US-based chocolate maker The Hershey Company has become the foreign-owned company to be summoned to court for allegedly violating India’s Biological Diversity Act. It would appear, however, to be another case of over-zealous bureaucracy, which is all too common in India.
Dam Damage
March 11, 2014
It is the world’s most prevalent form of renewable energy, dwarfing all other categories put together and accounting for 16 percent of global electricity generation in 2008, yet critics have been saying for years that big hydropower projects come at a steep cost to the environment. Now they have a robust economic cost-benefit analysis of the global hydropower industry to add more muscle to their anti-dam campaigns.
March 11, 2014
Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change.
March 06, 2014
After hedging for almost 12 years, the Indonesian government has finally bowed to international pressure to ratify the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.
March 06, 2014
About 50 million tonnes of grain, or 8.3 percent of China’s total annual production, are lost or wasted each year, the State Administration of Grain director Ren Zhengxiao said in Beijing on Wednesday.
March 06, 2014
Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the WWF hailed on Wednesday as a world first.
March 05, 2014
Despite its on-going political clamor about how the “war” against pollution is a national priority, the Chinese government doesn’t seem to be putting its money where its mouth is.
February 28, 2014
The Indonesian province of Riau, on the island of Sumatra adjacent to Singapore and the Malaysian Peninsular, has declared a state of emergency due to haze from raging forest fires.
February 28, 2014
China’s top legal enforcement office, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP), has announced a new nationwide campaign targeting environment-related crimes and seeking to combat official malpractice or corruption in facilitating such crimes.
February 26, 2014
Aquaculture farms in the south Philippine island of Mindoro will grow tons of seafood in a nutrient-rich, controlled temperature using water from a geothermal power plant being built by renewable energy producer, Emerging Power Inc (EPI).
UNEP Forest Watch
February 24, 2014
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has teamed up with Google, World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 40 environmentalists to launch a “near real-time” forest monitoring system to track deforestation worldwide. The new on-line forest monitoring and alert system, dubbed Global Forest Watch (GFW), will show tree losses around the world in high resolution and with frequent updates, UNEP said in a statement.
February 20, 2014
India’s environment ministry, which has been under the management of the Veerappa Moily – the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas – since late December, has issued USD40 billion worth of industrial project approvals in the last eight weeks. This has set alarm bells ringing among green campaigners in India who see the spate of approvals as cynical pre-election business bonanza.
February 20, 2014
Singapore’s Environment and Water Resources Ministry is seeking public feedback on a legislative proposal that would make companies and other entities liable if they cause trans-boundary haze that effects the city state.
Polluted pond in rural China
February 19, 2014
Although China’s air pollution gets more headlines, its problem with water pollution is just as urgent and arguably more severe. One-fifth of the country’s rivers are toxic, while two-fifths are classified as seriously polluted. In 2012 more than half of China’s cities had water that was “poor” or “very poor”. To address this issue the Ministry of Environmental Protection is putting together a CNY2 trillion yuan (USD330 billion) action plan – exceeding the CNY1.7 trillion (USD277 billion) being spent to combat air pollution.
February 19, 2014
Three European Union (EU)-funded projects worth EUR3 million (USD4.12 million), which aim to support Vietnam and four other SE Asian countries in combating illegal wood exploitation, were officially launched at a ceremony in Hanoi yesterday.