Asia Environment

Indonesia: Report highlights link between palm oil and illegal logging

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:00AM UTC Indonesia: Report highlights link between palm oil and illegal logging

Palm oil — that nearly ubiquitous ingredient found in processed foods, hygiene products and cosmetics — fuels air and water pollution, climate change, extinction and human rights violations. A multi-billion-dollar industry, “big palm” has the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, where around 80% of the world’s palm oil is produced,

Oil spill in Bangladesh threatens aquatic animals

By Sat, Dec 13, 2014 11:14AM UTC Oil slick line the banks of the Shela River after an oil tanker sank in one of the world's largest mangrove forests, threatening wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank Tuesday on the major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel. The slick had spread over up to 70 kilometers (45 miles) of the Shela river, threatening several types of animals including rare Irrawaddy dolphins, a senior official of the Bangladesh Forest Department said. (AP Photo/ Khairul Alam)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh are urgently assessing environmental damage in one of the world’s largest mangrove forests after an oil tanker sank, threatening wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site.

In light of Lima: China and Latin America’s climate conundrum

By Fri, Dec 12, 2014 6:00AM UTC Andean Indians attend the inauguration of the "People's Summit" in Lima, an alternative forum that demands that climatic justice should be reflected in international and national policies. Pic: AP.

As China asserts itself as an increasingly dominant global power, its government, businesses and individuals are forging stronger relationships throughout the world.

Australia’s climate fund u-turn unlikely to pacify China

By Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2:40PM UTC Andean Indians attend the inauguration of the "People's Summit" in Lima, an alternative forum that demands that climatic justice should be reflected in international and national policies. Pic: AP.

The UN Climate Change Conference currently underway in Lima is supposed to provide a platform to discuss what countries are willing to do to mitigate emissions change and pave the way for the real big deal, the conference that will be held next year in Paris, when nations from around the world will hopefully do their best to boost the fight against climate change.

Australia pledges $165 million to UN climate fund

By Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2:23PM UTC Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Pic: AP.

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Australia has made a surprise pledge of 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to a key U.N. climate fund.

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