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Greenpeace Indonesia and local communities in Batang, Central Java, have alleged alarmingly high figures for greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from a coal-fired power plant being built in the district.
Read Full Story One of China’s major industrial regions, the province of Hunan, is launching a green drive to try to clean up heavy metal contamination the province has suffered over the last few decades of frenetic growth.
ADB President Nakao
Asia’s precious but increasingly scarce water resources should be managed in a coordinated way to ensure the region has not only sufficient water but also enough food and energy to meet its needs, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao. “We need to think differently about water and its uses for food and energy production—and take action,” Nakao told delegates in a keynote speech yesterday at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.
India’s central government has a long-term plan to upgrade the country’s 26 million electric groundwater pumps, often powered by diesel generators, for more efficient solar-powered models.
China's Ministry of Water Resources says it has established a new performance appraisal system to evaluate local governments on their management of water resources.
India Environmental Performance
India has emerged as Asia’s worst environmental performer, ranking just 155th out of 178 countries studied by Yale University researchers in their 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI). A bottom performer on nearly every policy issue included in the 2014 EPI, with the exception of forests, fisheries, and water resources, India’s performance lags most notably in the protection of human health from environmental harm.
Arable land contaminated with heavy metals will be withdrawn from agricultural production, a senior Chinese agricultural official said yesterday.
Member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) were unable to reach an agreement last week during a special session to decide whether the Don Sahong Dam should undergo regional decision-making, leaving future regional co-operation on the river in limbo.
Food security, rural environment have been cited by the central government as its top priorities for 2014, according to a document published on the State Council’s website yesterday.
China Wetlands
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.