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China: One-fifth of country’s farmland polluted

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:37AM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture. The report raises sharp concerns about the country’s food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.

Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 11:11AM UTC Japanese vessel Yushin Maru No. 2, center, sails alongside Sea Shepherds' The Bob Barker, left,  in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members have vowed to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that halted the country’s Antarctic whaling program.

UN warns banana fungus spreading from SE Asia

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 9:34AM UTC Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture organization is warning banana growers that a fungal disease is spreading through crops from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

China leads green energy drive as global investment stutters

By Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:15AM UTC Pic: AP.

Staring at Beijing on a smoggy winter day you wouldn’t think it, but in 2013 China strengthened its position as the world’s leading investor in clean technology. According to a recent research published by the Pew Charitable Trusts – a non-profit organization – last year the People’s Republic solidified its global preeminence, attracting US$54.2 billion in investments. Among other data, the paper points out that the People’s Republic has “the world’s most robust wind market” which alone attracted US$28 billion.

Toyota cars get more efficient engine from hybrids

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 11:01AM UTC Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, where the Japanese automaker is an industry leader. Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the engine will be rolled out in 14 models this year and next year.

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