Ecosystem

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.
December 20, 2013
China’s Guangdong Province racked up the first seven deals in its new carbon market yesterday trading about 120,000 tonnes of emissions for CNY7.22 million (USD1.2 million). Prices ranged between CNY60 and CNY61 per tonne, according to the provincial carbon emission trading market.
December 19, 2013
The government of India has proposed setting up a climate change scheme in the name of the late Rajiv Gandhi which will include several new measures at a cost of INR290 crore (USD46.6 million).
December 18, 2013
South Korea will fire up its long-discussed carbon exchange market in 2015, a representative of the country’s Finance Ministry confirmed yesterday.
Asia Coal Demand
December 17, 2013
Tougher Chinese policies aimed at reducing dependency on coal are starting to have an effect but elsewhere in Asia demand remains buoyant, according to the latest Medium-Term Coal Market Report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
December 17, 2013
Angora wool is loved for its soft, fluffy texture and is used for hats, gloves, scarfs and sweaters across the world. It may, however, become a scarcer and more expensive after a group of major clothing retailers agreed to stop sourcing “cruel” angora after horrific videos of the wool’s production process came to light two weeks ago, according to the Sunday Times.
December 16, 2013
Scientists from the University of Toronto have identified a chemical in the atmosphere that appears to be a long-lived greenhouse gas that breaks all other chemical records for its potential to affect the climate, according to a report by the Environmental News Service.
December 16, 2013
While on his first visit to Vietnam since serving during the war, Senator John Kerry yesterday pledged USD17 million to help the country mitigate climate change and protect the Mekong River where he once commanded a patrol boat.
ASE Pollution Scandal
December 13, 2013
Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) – the world's largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider – is facing the threat of heavy fines, law suits and loss of business after it was found to be illegally discharging waste water via concealed pipes at its plants.
Mekong River Council Study
December 13, 2013
On Saturday, Japan will host the Fifth Mekong-Japan Summit between the leaders of Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar in Tokyo, marking two years since the Mekong governments first agreed to work together to carry out a study on the impacts of dams on the Lower Mekong River’s mainstream, commonly known as the MRC Council Study.
December 13, 2013
With the death from last month’s devastating typhoon Yolanda topping 6,000 with another 1,800 still missing and millions displaced, Greenpeace has called on the country to step up its renewable energy efforts, blaming the intensity of the storm squarely on climate change and the burning of fossil fuels.
China Green Taxation
December 12, 2013
Despite making noises about introducing a polluter pays system in China since early 2011, it now appears that such a move could be at least another year away, according to experts. In fact, the Chinese Government has repeatedly said over the last two years that it would tax the country’s worst carbon emitters and polluters as it scrambles to find ways to stem the tide of growing unrest due to increased pollution in its air, water and soil.
December 12, 2013
A new report shows that fewer than 10 percent of Hong Kong listed companies are measuring or reporting on their carbon footprints
Impact of Chinese dam building?
December 11, 2013
Efforts to inject more transparency and accountability into China’s environmentally-sensitive construction projects will be strengthened come 1 January when environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports will have to be almost entirely disclosed to the public under new regulations announced by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).