Ecosystem

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.
February 07, 2014
India’s central government has a long-term plan to upgrade the country’s 26 million electric groundwater pumps, often powered by diesel generators, for more efficient solar-powered models.
February 07, 2014
China's Ministry of Water Resources says it has established a new performance appraisal system to evaluate local governments on their management of water resources.
REDD+ Investment
February 05, 2014
A new report has revealed that demand for carbon emission reductions from REDD+ could be as little as 3 percent of the supply between 2015 and 2020, which would result in the United Nation’s key initiative to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation being, essentially, still born. The report, Stimulating Interim Demand for REDD+ Emission Reductions: The Need for a Strategic Intervention from 2015 to 2020, explains the risks of doing nothing, and outlines a suite of options for increasing demand.
February 05, 2014
The president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr, is living up to a pledge he made when he took office for his third four-year term last year by declaring a total ban of commercial fishing and turning the Pacific nation’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone into a marine sanctuary.
EU ETS Law
February 04, 2014
Asian airlines flying to Europe may be in for a bit of a shock later this year if the European Parliament’s environment committee has its way. On Monday it backed changes to a draft law on greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry that would see international carriers obliged to account for all GHGs emitted on flights to and from Europe, starting in 2016.
February 04, 2014
China will soon begin production of large amounts of fresh water through the desalination of sea ice, becoming the first country to do so, according to university researchers and a Chinese company last week.
Sumatra's disappearing rainforest 1950-2010
January 29, 2014
Almost a year on from a similar move by its major rival, and in response to rising pressure from NGOs and the business community, manufacturer Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) – the region’s second-largest pulp and paper firm – has unveiled an upgraded Sustainable Forest Management Policy.
January 29, 2014
A new study has found that global estimates of black carbon emissions in certain areas of India and China could be two to three more times concentrated than previously thought. Black carbon, a major element of soot, is a particle that is generated by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel or biomass.
India Environmental Performance
January 28, 2014
India has emerged as Asia’s worst environmental performer, ranking just 155th out of 178 countries studied by Yale University researchers in their 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI). A bottom performer on nearly every policy issue included in the 2014 EPI, with the exception of forests, fisheries, and water resources, India’s performance lags most notably in the protection of human health from environmental harm.
January 27, 2014
China will allow big emitters to use offset credits from destruction of nitrous dioxide to meet domestic climate targets, giving its nod to a type of project that has been banned in other carbon markets.
Green India Mission
January 24, 2014
India’s central government looks set to approve INR130 billion (USD2.0 billion) of funding to get the Green India Mission under way. First mooted in 2011, the Green India Mission (GIM) is a 10-year program aimed at improving the quality of five million hectares of degraded forests and bringing another five million hectares of non-forest areas under forest cover through social and farm forestry.
China climage finance
January 23, 2014
China will need to come up with more than 2 trillion yuan (USD330.6 billion) in additional climate finance funds by 2020 to combat climate change and invest in low-carbon development, a new report said on Wednesday. The report, which was prepared by the Research Center for Climate and Energy Finance (RCCEF) at the Central University of Finance and Economics, together with the Counselors' Office of the State Council, said that annual demand for climate financing would rise to 2.75 trillion yuan in 2020 and peak at more than 3.0 trillion yuan by 2040.
January 23, 2014
Arable land contaminated with heavy metals will be withdrawn from agricultural production, a senior Chinese agricultural official said yesterday.