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March 14, 2014
PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI), the Indonesian subsidiary of US-based oil company Chevron, plans to relocate the families of its employees from areas affected by air pollution from land fires, to avoid negative health effects.
March 13, 2014
China may be back peddling on its ambitious plans for a carbon tax as local air pollution concerns bump climate change off the center stage and some developed nations also reconsider plans to tax greenhouse gas emissions, a top Chinese official said yesterday.
March 13, 2014
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic announced today that it would give it China-based expatriate employees compensation for having to deal with the country's hazardous air pollution.
March 13, 2014
Forestry experts and environmental groups in the Philippines are raising concerns about what they consider to be an “excessive use” of exotic trees (such as gmelina and the introduced broadleaf mahogany) over indigenous varieties in the country’s greening program.
March 13, 2014
At a meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator where land-locked developing countries and small island states debated how to ensure future food security amid hotter weather and rising sea-levels, Kiribati's agriculture minister, Elisala Pita, slammed the UN’s funding mechanisms.
March 12, 2014
The Indian subsidiary of US-based chocolate maker The Hershey Company has become the foreign-owned company to be summoned to court for allegedly violating India’s Biological Diversity Act. It would appear, however, to be another case of over-zealous bureaucracy, which is all too common in India.
March 12, 2014
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has launched the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building.
March 12, 2014
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will, from this year, include a corporate social responsibility (CSR) category in the annual PATA Gold Awards.
March 11, 2014
Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change.
March 11, 2014
It’s a truism to say things can change quickly in China, especially when there’s a shift in the political winds. The proposal to introduce hourly updates on the concentration of all major air pollutants in Shanghai is a case in point.
March 10, 2014
China is expected to invest more than 5 trillion yuan (USD817 billion) in environmental protection during the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015), an environmental protection official said on Saturday.
March 10, 2014
The Chinese government has reiterated, albeit in a more powerful forum than previously, its vow to tighten environmental legislation and force polluters to pay compensation following renewed blasts of toxic air, Zhang Dejiang, the nation's top legislator said yesterday.
March 07, 2014
China has called on rich nations to contribute USD490 billion to developing economies to help them combat the effects of a changing climate, Bloomberg reported today.
March 07, 2014
A panel of six environmental experts has started bidding for Chinese governmental and private funding to help build a waste water treatment plant designed to showcase the best practice in the field and set the stage for further development as China struggles to improve its water treatment infrastructure.
March 06, 2014
After hedging for almost 12 years, the Indonesian government has finally bowed to international pressure to ratify the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.
March 06, 2014
China aims to cut energy intensity by more than 3.9 percent this year to strengthen energy conservation and emissions reduction, according to a government work report.
March 06, 2014
About 50 million tonnes of grain, or 8.3 percent of China’s total annual production, are lost or wasted each year, the State Administration of Grain director Ren Zhengxiao said in Beijing on Wednesday.
March 06, 2014
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has announced yet another plan to boost India’s rapidly growing solar power capacity with the establishment of a 1-GW PV park in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
March 06, 2014
Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the WWF hailed on Wednesday as a world first.
March 05, 2014
Despite its on-going political clamor about how the “war” against pollution is a national priority, the Chinese government doesn’t seem to be putting its money where its mouth is.