Asia Environment

New Zealand needs innovation and funding to preserve its biodiversity

By Mon, Aug 11, 2014 6:44AM UTC New Zealand needs innovation and funding to preserve its biodiversity

Back in 2007, New Zealand promised to be the greenest country on Earth. Then Prime Minister Helen Clark of the Labour Party pledged to achieve a carbon-neutral and sustainable future for the Kiwi nation. A year later, the centre-right National Party won the general election and Clark was replaced by John Key, who is still in office. The lofty environmental vision of the Labour Party took a back seat to pro-business policies like the privatization of public services.

China to outlaw coal use in Beijing by 2020

By Tue, Aug 05, 2014 4:47PM UTC A man wearing a mask walks on a stone bridge in Beijing, China. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s smog-plagued capital has announced that it will ban all coal sales and use by the end of 2020 as part of its anti-pollution fight.

China bladder trade sending Mexican porpoise to extinction

By Sat, Aug 02, 2014 12:25PM UTC A porpoiese trapped in a fishing net in the Gulf of California. Pic: AP.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An environmental panel says fewer than 100 of Mexico’s vaquita marina porpoises are left and they are in imminent danger of extinction.

China’s new eco-conscious vegetarians

By Fri, Aug 01, 2014 6:00AM UTC A curiously named vegetarian restaurant in Shanghai. Pic: James Trosh (Flickr CC)

In March I wrote about how meat and dairy consumption are rising rapidly in Asia and how the mass production of these foods is creating new and greater concerns in terms of animal welfare, human health and the environment. But while the growth of industrial farming is taking place in China, India and Southeast Asia, there is also a new counter movement of environmentally aware vegetarians and vegans.

Scientists explore link between climate change and human health

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 6:00AM UTC Drought in East Kilmore, Victoria, 2009. Pic: beleobus (Flickr CC)

The Australian Academy of Science has gathered 60 researchers in order to raise concerns about climate change as it relates to public health.

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