Asia Environment

BP faces stiff opposition to gas and oil exploration in Australian marine park

By Thu, Apr 23, 2015 10:42AM UTC

The UK-based energy giant BP is set to explore the deep waters of the Great Australian Bight for gas and oil off the coast of South Australia, but it will not be a smooth sailing. Green activists are wary about the danger of oil spills and are demanding details of contingency plans in the event of a disaster.

Japanese court backs planned restart of 2 nuclear reactors

By Wed, Apr 22, 2015 6:15PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — A court has rejected an injunction request by local residents over two nuclear reactors in southern Japan, giving the go-ahead for their restart as planned this summer.

Beijing says air pollution down 19% this year

By Wed, Apr 22, 2015 5:53PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing authorities say a key measure of air pollutants showed a 19 percent drop in the first three months of the year.

Hard Rock Cafe removes ‘rock star’ orangutan ads in Malaysia

By Wed, Apr 22, 2015 9:20AM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hard Rock Cafe has withdrawn a promotional campaign in Malaysia after public anger at the depiction of an orangutan baring its teeth and playing an electric guitar.

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