Ecosystem

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg has obtained an as yet unpublished United Nations report that states the cost of holding global temperatures to 2-degrees Celsius in order to avoid drastic changes in the planet’s climate may cost as much as four percent of economic output by the year 2030.
7 biggest emitters
January 16, 2014
A new study by Canadian researchers from Montreal’s Concordia University pins the majority of blame for global warming square on the shoulders of seven countries: the United States, China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the United Kingdom. The study “National contributions to observed global warming”, published yesterday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, reveals that these countries were collectively responsible for more than 60 percent of pre-2005 global warming.
January 15, 2014
The Korea Exchange has landed the rights to manage South Korea’s emissions trading platform when it launches on Jan. 1, 2015, the Ministry of Environment announced.
January 15, 2014
Japan companies will earn carbon credits by assisting the tiny Pacific island state of Pulau cut its emissions under a new agreement between the two countries.
January 15, 2014
Shanghai devoted a smaller share of its resources and has met a smaller proportion of its goals for environmental protection in the five years from 2008 to 2012, despite growing public dissatisfaction with the city's environment in recent years, the local statistics bureau said yesterday.
January 14, 2014
An Indonesian court has found the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies within Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and orangutans can be found living together in the wild.
China Wetlands
January 13, 2014
China’s wetlands have shrunk nearly nine percent in the last decade, contributing to the country’s water shortage and putting increased pressure on its food production, energy output and industrial activity.
January 10, 2014
The 2014 target for reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission is China has been set at 5 percent, a level much more aggressive than in previous years, Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian said at a national environmental conference on Thursday.
POSCO India protest
January 10, 2014
Korean steel giant Posco appears to have got its plan to build a huge steel plant and port infrastructure in the Indian state of Orissa back on track with the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forests reinstating its environmental clearances. The caveat, however, that the company will have to pay out USD600 million in “social commitments”, raising the total project cost to USD12.6 billion.
January 09, 2014
The Asian Development Bank and China’s Environmental Protection Ministry the will deepen co-operation in seven areas that include efforts to prevent pollution of the air, water and land, according to a Memorandum of Understanding signed on Wednesday.
January 09, 2014
The World Bank will launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change which brings together renowned scientists to provide a synthesis of the most recent scientific evidence and presents an analysis of likely impacts and risks, with a focus on developing countries.
Air quality readings across China's cities
January 09, 2014
China’s 31 provinces, antonymous regions and self-governing municipalities have been given firm targets to reduce air pollution by 2017 with cuts of between five and 25 percent depending on location according to a statement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The State Council, China’s cabinet, will evaluate each province's progress annually.
January 08, 2014
While much attention and money is being lavished on improving China’s urban environment, it turns out that cleaning up the countryside could be an even bigger challenge after three decade of urban and industrial encroachment.
Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, Sarawak Energy
January 08, 2014
It has been reported by Swiss-German rainforest NGO Bruno Masner Fund – citing “well-informed sources” – that Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, the controversial CEO of Sarawak Energy, will not have his contract renewed. The Norwegian was employed in December 2009 on a three-year contract which was prolonged in 2012 for another two years and will expire in November 2014. The generous contract earned 59-year old Sjøtveit an annual USD1.2 million plus a number of benefits and made him one of the best-paid managers of Malaysia.
January 08, 2014
A Renewable Energy Village has taken root in farmland contaminated by radiation fallout from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. The project's vision of combining solar panels with growing crops aims to inspire Japanese farmers to reclaim their abandoned livelihoods.
January 08, 2014
About 350,000 to 500,000 premature deaths occur in China every year due to outdoor air pollution, according to a report by 21st Century Business Herald on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court of India
January 07, 2014
Although not known for bureaucratic speed, The Union Government of India – the country’s central government – has been given until March 31 this year by the Supreme Court to set up a national environment regulator. The court has mandated that offices of a National Environmental Appraisal and Monitoring Authority be established in all states to oversee the implementation projects that impact the country’s environment.
January 07, 2014
A survey of the harshest effects of climate change on Vietnam’s urban areas is scheduled to be completed by 2020 under a project recently approved by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hoang Trung Hai.
January 06, 2014
Chinese companies are to be rated by the government on their environmental performance records which will, in turn, determine how they are treated under various social and financial aspects.
December 20, 2013
Indonesian law enforcement agencies and ministries have applied multiple laws to net dozens of companies accused of being involved in forest fires, illegal logging and mining activities in protected forest areas, reports The Jakarta Post.