Oceans

The president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr, is living up to a pledge he made when he took office for his third four-year term last year by declaring a total ban of commercial fishing and turning the Pacific nation’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone into a marine sanctuary.
China will soon begin production of large amounts of fresh water through the desalination of sea ice, becoming the first country to do so, according to university researchers and a Chinese company last week.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Leak
Read Full Story Green groups from around the globe up in arms after WikiLeaks late last week released the secret draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and the corresponding Chairs' Report. The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 percent of global GDP and one-third of world trade.
China Dying Report
December 05, 2013
The Green Choice Alliance, a group of seven Chinese environmental NGOs yesterday released the third in a series of investigative report into the country’s textile industry. It says that a large number of dye houses are breaching China’s new emission standards and that many international brands that use them are turning a blind eye.
The UK’s Modern Water Plc, which is taking part in a trade mission to China led by Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that it has landed three contracts to build forward-osmosis desalination plants in the country.  
Asia Pacific Islands
The economic loss suffered by the Pacific region could range from 2.9 percent to as high as 12.7 percent of annual GDP by 2100, according to a new study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific includes modeling of future climate over the Pacific region, assessments of the potential impacts on agriculture, fisheries, tourism, coral reefs, and human health, and predictions of the potential economic impact of climate change for specific sectors and economies under various emissions scenarios.
Samar mangrove replanting
Read Full Story Replanted mangrove trees in Southeast Asia are getting credit for protecting against deadly tsunamis and typhoons such as Haiyan in the Philippines and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to Bloomberg. Mangrove regeneration in Northern Samar, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the worst-hit Philippine city of Tacloban, helped minimize damage from the Nov. 8 storm, according to the Trowel Development Foundation, which oversaw the plantings.
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.
A US maker of membranes for seawater desalination, NanoH20, says it will invest USD45 million to build a membrane manufacturing plant in eastern China to help ease the country’s growing water supply problems.
The Japanese town made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove will open a marine park where visitors can swim with dolphins, but officials said its annual slaughter of the creatures will continue in a nearby bay.