Ecosystem

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.
February 18, 2014
Greenpeace Indonesia and local communities in Batang, Central Java, have alleged alarmingly high figures for greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from a coal-fired power plant being built in the district.
February 17, 2014
One of China’s major industrial regions, the province of Hunan, is launching a green drive to try to clean up heavy metal contamination the province has suffered over the last few decades of frenetic growth.
Zhai Quing
February 12, 2014
In its biggest move to improve poor air quality since the release of the country’s Airborne Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan five months ago, China will leverage pricing, taxation and investment, a senior environmental official has said. "For a document (action plan) to be carried through, it must be followed with detailed and conscientious measures," Zhai Quing, vice minister at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) told a post-Chinese New Year Beijing press briefing yesterday.
February 12, 2014
Faced with mounting international and, more importantly, public pressure to clean up its heavily polluted environment, China’s leadership is determined to let industrial polluters know that there’s a new sheriff in town.
China Ministry Revamp
February 11, 2014
China’s decades-long struggle to bring pollution under control is likely to take a major turn at next month’s plenary meeting of the National Peoples’ Congress (NPC), the country’s legislature, with an upgrade to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP). Citing “sources with ties to the leadership”, Reuters has reported that the Chinese government is considering a sweeping reorganization of cabinet ministries next month that will dissolve the Ministry of Land and Resources and transfer some powers to the MEP, which is regarded as too weak to punish law-breaking polluters despite its status as a “superministry”.
Zhejiang shark slaughterhouse
February 10, 2014
This past month, images of purportedly the world’s biggest slaughterhouse for endangered sharks were splashed across the broadsheets in Hong Kong, and across the globe. Wild Life Risk, an NGO based in Hong Kong, went undercover in a coastal city Zhejiang Province, China, to find that around 260 endangered species of sharks were being processed per day in a single plant.
ADB President Nakao
February 07, 2014
Asia’s precious but increasingly scarce water resources should be managed in a coordinated way to ensure the region has not only sufficient water but also enough food and energy to meet its needs, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao. “We need to think differently about water and its uses for food and energy production—and take action,” Nakao told delegates in a keynote speech yesterday at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.