Asia Environment

Japan moves closer to restarting nuclear plant

By Wed, Jul 16, 2014 11:53AM UTC Opposition to the use of nuclear power in Japan remains strong. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southern Japan has received a passing grade for safety requirements raised after the Fukushima disaster, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.

Malaysian authorities accused of human rights violations

By Tue, Jul 15, 2014 1:08PM UTC A photo taken during the detention of Natalie Lowry. (Photo: Himpunan Hijau)

The local police in Gebang, Malaysia have been accused of suppressing basic human rights following the illegal arrests of civilians who are protesting against the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), an Australian-owned rare earths mining company.

China govt officials to buy more electric cars

By Mon, Jul 14, 2014 5:14PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China says at least 30 percent of newly purchased government cars will be electric and other types of “new energy vehicles” as it attempts to tackle air pollution and encourage the electric car market. The official Xinhua News Agency was quoting a joint plan from government departments

How can we stop illegal wildlife trafficking?

By Fri, Jul 11, 2014 7:27AM UTC How can we stop illegal wildlife trafficking?

Warning: Graphic image in this article  Despite all efforts by governments and activist groups, the trade in illegal wildlife is as strong as ever. The growth of the wealthy and middle classes in Asia — especially in nominally socialist, but in reality ultra-capitalist China and Vietnam — has insured the

China, US differ on global plan to cut emissions

By Wed, Jul 09, 2014 5:39PM UTC China, US differ on global plan to cut emissions

BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States have taken small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change but remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut carbon emissions.

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