Ecosystem

November 08, 2013
Japan will commit USD16 billion worth of global-warming aid at the UN climate-change conference opening in the Polish capital Warsaw next week.
Illegal logging is the biggest sector of evironmental crime
November 08, 2013
Environmental crime is on the rise and has now become one of the most profitable forms of organized crime, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned. From the illegal trade in wildlife and timber to the smuggling of ozone depleting substances and the illicit trade in hazardous waste and illegal fishing, environmental crime is a serious and growing international problem, whose impacts transcend national borders.
November 07, 2013
Policy experts from academe, business and government are at the forefront of a first-of-its-kind advocacy campaign to develop initiatives that will effectively regulate Philippine industries to ensure a more responsible stewardship of the environment.
November 07, 2013
Thirty-four environmental impact assessment agencies have been penalized by China's environmental watchdog for "falsifying documents" or "poor quality" of assessment reports.
November 07, 2013
New research has been released questioning the effectiveness of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards and claims that members are violating the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in the forests and peatlands of tropical nations worldwide.
UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013
November 06, 2013
Should the global community not immediately embark on wide-ranging actions to narrow the greenhouse gas emissions gap, the chance of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2°C this century will swiftly diminish and open the door to a host of challenges, according to a new UN report. The Emissions Gap Report 2013 — involving 44 scientific groups in 17 countries and co-ordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) — released ahead of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw next week.
November 06, 2013
China’s top climate official has said that it will be "flexible" on a new climate deal at the upcoming Warsaw climate talks providing developed countries keep to their promise to help fund mitigation steps by poorer countries.
November 06, 2013
Beijing has announced that it will reduce new car sales by almost 40 percent next year, as it continues to battle choking smog to which vehicle emissions make a significant contribution.
November 06, 2013
The Chinese Government has published its latest annual report on efforts to address climate change in 2012. The report, entitled China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, was released ahead of the UN’s COP19 climate change conference which kicks off in Warsaw next week.
X-Fruit biofuel
November 05, 2013
A Singaporean company has unveiled a new hybrid plant, dubbed X-Fruit, which it claims could make a major contribution to meeting world demand for low-carbon transport fuel. International Green Innovation (IGI), established by the CEO of a Malaysian iron ore mining concern, revealed that X-Fruit has been developed in Malaysia over a 10-year period from local and exotic plant sources.
November 05, 2013
Korea is bracing itself as pollution levels ominously surge with more than 40 percent of the pollutants in the air in Seoul believed to have blown over from China.
PwC Carbon Report
November 04, 2013
According to a new report by PwC, the world is on track to blow the 2°C carbon budget, estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the next 89 years, within 21 years. This puts the world on a path consistent with potential global warming of around 4°C by 2100, the most extreme scenario presented in the recent IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate science.
November 01, 2013
A low-carbon growth path is in the best interest of each country in East Asia, and governments should take action now to create an enabling environment to attract clean energy investments, coupled with public financing mechanisms to provide incentives to investors and unlock commercial financing, says a new World Bank report titled Unlocking Commercial Financing for Clean Energy in East Asia.
Global CO2 emissions per region 2013
November 01, 2013
The volume of greenhouse gases (GHGs) vented into the atmosphere hit a new high in 2012 but the year-on-year increase was relatively small and this may represent a more permanent slowdown, ultimately leading to a decline in global emissions according to a new report. This year’s Trends In Global CO2 Emissions report, produced by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on behalf of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, says global GHG emissions from burning fossl fules and cenment production hit a record 34.5 billion CO2-equivalent tonnes in 2012.
Clear cutting primary forest may be in APP's past
November 01, 2013
Asia Pulp and Paper Group, one of the largest paper producers in the world, is serious about its pledge to end the clearing of natural forests, according to a progress review of the company’s Forest Conservation Policy. Greenpeace International, a long-time critic of APP and the organization that conducted the progress review, is cautiously optimistic and warns that the company’s commitments are likely to stand or fall by the quality of conservation and management recommendations to the company’s senior management.
October 31, 2013
China is to speed up the introduction of environmental protection and resource management legislation amid rising public concern over pollution.
Maplecroft 2014 climate change threat map
October 30, 2013
By 2025 almost one third of global economic output will be based in countries that face either an extreme or high risk from climate change impacts according to a new study. The sixth annual release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas reveals that countries projected to produce 31 percent economic falls into these two categories – a 50 percent increase on current levels and more than double since the company began researching the issue in 2008.
October 30, 2013
China’s much touted plan to reduce its reliance on coal is already running into problems as the country experiences a severe shortage of gas, which it hopes to replace coal with, and raising the possibility of even more choking smog in the months to come.
October 30, 2013
Japan could set a new 2020 emissions reductions target of 3.8% on 2005 levels, the Nikkei newspaper reports.
October 30, 2013
Leading up to the Warsaw climate change conference next month, the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) have called on developed economies to "do their homework" and offer financial and technology support to developing countries.