Asia Environment

Hundreds of Vietnamese villagers block traffic to protest pollution

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 11:47AM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An official says hundreds of villagers in central Vietnam blocked traffic on the country’s main artery for hours to protest pollution from a coal-fired thermo power plant. Local official Nguyen Thanh Sang in Binh Thuan province said Thursday that the villagers threw rocks, bricks and gasoline

Residents in SW China demand closure of polluting factories

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 10:03AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of Chinese have been gathering in the streets of a town in the southwestern province of Sichuan, demanding to know what has caused a bad smell in the air and asking authorities to shut down polluting factories.

Japan court rejects bid to restart 2 nuclear reactors

By Tue, Apr 14, 2015 3:59PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — A court has issued an injunction ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators’ safety approval for the facility ahead of their planned restart later this year.

IWC panel unconvinced by Japan’s whale ‘research’ in Antarctic

By Tue, Apr 14, 2015 11:56AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — An International Whaling Commission (IWC) panel says Japan’s revised plan for research whaling in the Antarctic still lacks a convincing explanation of why it needs to kill the mammals.

1st robot into Fukushima reactor stalls, but gets some data

By Tue, Apr 14, 2015 9:40AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant says the first robot sent inside one of melted reactors stalled before finishing its work but it collected data that indicates a path to send robots deeper into the reactor is intact.