Asia Environment

China’s new pollution rules will have global impact

By Tue, Sep 30, 2014 6:00AM UTC Shanghai smog. Pic: Leo Fung (Flickr CC)

Operating a global system makes everything a global issue. Case in point: pollution-fighting measures in China are shaking up global coal markets. Recent legislation will ban the burning of the dirtiest coal in China’s urban areas, effectively limiting imports on coal that contains high levels of ash and sulfur starting

Top polluter China makes its case at UN climate summit

By Mon, Sep 29, 2014 6:01AM UTC Vice Premier Zhang Gaoni, of China, addresses the United Nations Climate Summit, at U.N. headquarters. Pic: AP.

With Chinese President Xi Jinping’s absence looming large at the UN Climate Summit held in New York last week, showing Beijing’s commitment to global environment fell on China’s Vice Premier and, for the occasion, special envoy.

Asia, population growth and climate change

By Wed, Sep 24, 2014 6:00AM UTC China is the world's leading emitter of CO2. Pic:  Jonathan Kos-Read (Flickr CC)

This week people around the world have been marching in support of action on climate change. On Sunday an estimated half a million gathered in Australia, the UK, India, Brazil and elsewhere to put pressure on world leaders ahead of the climate summit in New York City, a city where over

From the frontline of climate change: Nepal activist addresses NY summit

By Tue, Sep 23, 2014 7:28PM UTC Nepalese activist Alina Saba. Pic: APWLD.

High-level meetings like today’s UN Climate Summit in New York are often derided as a bureaucratic talkshop. Each one involves a different set of anointed experts, hand-pressing politicians and scatterings of bleary-eyed activists discussing a different issue. Motions are passed, the applause is prompted and the protestors outside sidestepped.

China, US and India named chief culprits as carbon emissions rise

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 11:15AM UTC Smoke billows from a chimney of a heating plant in Beijing. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists estimate that the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before.

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