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Filipino mayor clashes with Greenpeace, WWF over ‘Tuna Capital’ title

By Thu, Sep 04, 2014 9:26AM UTC Brisk tuna radting in General Santos City.Pic by Edwin Espejo

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, Greenpeace and World Wildlife Forum (WWF) have swapped sharp remarks after the environment groups said it is no longer appropriate to call the city the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.

Lynas Corp wins full mining licence in Malaysia despite protests

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 4:23PM UTC Activists hold placards during a demonstration against Australian miner Lynas in front of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2011. Pic: AP.

Protesters against the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) operating in Kuantan, Malaysia face bleak days ahead after the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) granted the controversial plant a Full Operating State Licence (FOSL) after the Temporary Operating Licence (TOL) issued in 2012 expired Tuesday.

Report: Water shortages threaten China’s fracking plans

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 9:21AM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A research group says more than 60 percent of China’s vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas.

Japan: Taiji dolphin hunting season sparks protests

By Tue, Sep 02, 2014 7:33PM UTC Japan: Taiji dolphin hunting season sparks protests

Once again Taiji’s dolphin hunters are readying their nets and sharpening their steel rods for a season of capturing and killing. Pods of dolphins will be corralled into Japan’s most infamous cove, where they will be selected either for sale or slaughter.

Australian anti-mining activist blacklisted in Malaysia

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 4:13PM UTC Australian anti-mining activist blacklisted in Malaysia

An Australian mining activist who joined Malaysians to rally against Lynas Corp. has been banned from entering Malaysia. Sydney-based supporters for Natalie Lowrey said she was detained by customs officials upon arrival in  Malaysia. Lowrey is reportedly put on a blacklist at police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and she was expected

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