Asia Environment

Beijing orders funeral parlors to tackle air pollution

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 11:42AM UTC

Officials in the notoriously polluted Chinese capital have ordered the city’s 12 funeral parlors to install smoke filtering equipment on all 90 of their incinerators, a move that has garnered special attention ahead of China’s April 5 tomb sweeping holiday.

Book Review: Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 8:26AM UTC

‘Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia’ by Lukas Straumann is a controversial book that uncovers the modus operandi of a multi-billion timber industry accused of wiping out the ancient rainforests of Sarawak, home of the last nomadic tribes of Southeast Asia in the heart of Borneo, Malaysia.

Malaysia detains notorious ‘Viking’ poaching vessel

By Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:36AM UTC

Another major blow has been dealt to illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean with the detention of the Nigerian-flagged poaching vessel, Viking, in Malaysia – bringing a total of three notorious illegal fishing vessels and their crew in for interrogation this fishing season. Nigerian-flagged the Thunder was de-registered last week making it officially stateless. Kunlun, meanwhile, is in Thailand’s detention.

UN warns world could have 40 percent water shortfall by 2030

By Fri, Mar 20, 2015 11:26PM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — The U.N. is warning that the world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water by 2030 unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource.

US climate change envoy: China, US working closer on deal

By Fri, Mar 20, 2015 5:07PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for climate change says China and the U.S. are working more closely than ever to agree on key issues ahead of a major conference to be held in Paris later this year. Special Envoy Todd Stern said Friday in Beijing that he still