Ecosystem

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.
Stormy weather in Northeast Asia
January 22, 2014
Extreme air pollution in Asia is affecting weather and climate patterns, according to a new study. Using climate models and data collected about aerosols and meteorology data from the last 30 years, the researchers found that air pollution over Asia – much of it coming from China – is impacting global air circulations. Winter cyclones in northwestern latitudes including China, Korea and Japan have packed stronger winds and more rain as a result of rising levels of particulate pollution, they said.
January 22, 2014
The municipal legislature of Beijing has passed new regulations on air pollution control that will cap the city's total emissions and impose harsher penalties on worst offending companies.
January 21, 2014
Member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) were unable to reach an agreement last week during a special session to decide whether the Don Sahong Dam should undergo regional decision-making, leaving future regional co-operation on the river in limbo.
January 21, 2014
Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL), the second largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia, has been threatened with expulsion from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) – a coalition of some 200 international companies that claim to be committed to sustainability – unless it can demonstrate that it has ended its role in deforestation.
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January 20, 2014
A new standard to measure carbon for rainforests was launched last week in Bali, Indonesia which designates the island’s forest conservation site as the pilot project for research to develop a carbon credit mechanism. Launched by the Consortium for Rainforest Standards in Indonesia, this landmark initiative is expected to help reduce the loss of Indonesia’s tropical forests and biodiversity, according to a report in the Jakarta Post.
January 20, 2014
Food security, rural environment have been cited by the central government as its top priorities for 2014, according to a document published on the State Council’s website yesterday.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Leak
January 20, 2014
Green groups from around the globe up in arms after WikiLeaks late last week released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report. The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 percent of global GDP and one-third of world trade.