Ecosystem

An ancient Chinese waterway
June 11, 2012
By the end of 2012, a water resource allocation plan for 25 rivers that flow through more than one of China’s provinces will come into play, in effect controlling the amount of water that can be taken from the rivers by each of the provinces. The water resource allocation plan is one of the moves China’s Ministry of Water Resources has taken to promote the implementation of the most stringent regulations in Chinese water resource management.  "We are doing our best to accelerate the process," said Chen Ming, deputy head of the Water Resources Department at the ministry. "Hopefully, the plan will come out by August."
June 11, 2012
China will accelerate the industrialization of its renewable resources to foster a new industry with strategic significance, said Xie Zhenhua, vice minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Friday.
Gigatonne gap in China's GHG invetories
June 11, 2012
China's carbon emissions could be nearly 20 percent higher than previously thought according to a new analysis of official Chinese data, suggesting the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted. China is generally reckoned to have overtaken the United States in 2006 to become that world's top greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter and is currently thought to produce about a quarter of mankind's emissions that scientists say is heating up the planet and triggering more extreme weather. But pinning down an accurate total for China's carbon emissions has long been a challenge because of doubts about the quality of its official energy use data.
June 11, 2012
India’s steel industry is lagging behind in meeting environmental norms according to a Green Rating Survey released by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission gets some spit and polish
June 11, 2012
Pakistan's 44 per cent hike in outlay for atomic energy in its 2012–2013 budget contrasts with a massive drop in funds for crop research and overshadows a much smaller hike in overall allocation for science.    Despite drawing international attention in the past two years to its increased vulnerability to climate change, Pakistan allocated a meager 135 million Pakistani rupees (USD 1.43 million) to its newly formed climate change ministry – a fraction of the USD416 million given to the atomic energy sector in the budget presented on 1 June.
UNEP GEO5
June 08, 2012
The world continues to speed down an unsustainable path, despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives to support the sustainable management of the environment and improve human well-being, according to a new and wide-ranging assessment co-ordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched Wednesday in Beijing on the eve of the Rio+20 Summit, assessed 90 of the most-important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four.
June 07, 2012
The Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve, the source of China's three major rivers, has maintained high water quality, according to an environmental bulletin released this week in Xining in northwest China's Qinghai province.
June 07, 2012
The World Bank predicted a sharp rise in the amount of garbage generated by urban residents between now and 2025 in a report released yesterday.
June 07, 2012
Chinese photovoltaic (PV) company Suntech has completed installation of a 571-kW solar array at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila, the Philippines in partnership with local engineering, procurement and construction service provider Propmech.
June 07, 2012
Among the 131 power projects approved by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) from the first half of the year, wind power accounts for 95 percent, reported Securities Daily earlier this week.
Landing a tuna catch in Palawan
June 06, 2012
The Asia Pacific region is consuming more resources than its ecosystems can sustain, threatening the future of the region's beleaguered forests, rivers, and oceans as well as the livelihoods of those who depend on them, says a new joint report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and WWF. The joint ADB-WWF study, Ecological Footprint and Investment in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific, focuses on ways of preserving key large-scale regional ecosystems, including the forests of Borneo, the marine wealth of the Coral Triangle, the Mekong region's diverse habitats, and the mountainous Eastern Himalayas.
June 04, 2012
Japan’s deputy prime minister, Katsuya Okada, indicated last week that the government may scrap an international pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 because of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
June 04, 2012
China's sustainable development faces greater challenges ranging from a fragile natural ecological environment to resource constraints, senior Chinese officials said ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro.
June 04, 2012
The China Securities Regulatory Commission and Ministry of Environmental Protection are expected to start exchanging results of their environmental protection inspections of companies applying for listings, according to a report by Economic Observer operated by Xinhua News Agency.
June 04, 2012
Fujitsu of Japan is offering to allow the Thai government to use its innovative environment monitoring system to ease pollution at Map Ta Phut industrial estate through a pilot project.
June 01, 2012
Vietnam has the biggest potential for generating wind power in all of Southeast Asia, said a Germany-based expert.
June 01, 2012
China aims to link its domestic carbon market with others around the world as it seeks to cut emissions, a government official said according to Bloomberg.
Risk in the Pear River Delta
June 01, 2012
The Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) and BNP Paribas have begun a unique collaboration to develop a series of reports with detailed scenario analysis of the impact of climate change-related risks in major cities and industrial and logistics centers in Asia Pacific. In collaboration with a number of leading universities around Asia, projections and simulations will be created using computer modeling to establish the physical impacts on these areas and to determine the risks to high-value infrastructure, construction and supply chain assets.
May 31, 2012
Carbon market trading reached a record value of USD176 billion in 2011, rising 11 percent spurred by secondary trading volumes that offset lower prices and slowing economies, the World Bank said yesterday. Companies and governments are turning to emissions trading as a tool for fighting climate change, with the EU the most active since its cap-and-trade scheme began in 2005.
May 31, 2012
China is mulling whether to impose a consumption tax on "high-polluting, high resource consuming" products, according to officials from the Ministry of Environment Protection, The Global Times reported today.