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Indians mark 30th anniversary of Bhopal disaster

By Wed, Dec 03, 2014 3:15PM UTC Children walk near the boundary of  Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India. Pic: AP.

BHOPAL, India (AP) — Indians are marking the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas leak tragedy with protests demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims of the world’s worst industrial disaster.

Australia’s ‘big 4′ banks under pressure rule out funding of coal projects

By Wed, Dec 03, 2014 8:57AM UTC Australia’s ‘big 4′ banks under pressure rule out funding of coal projects

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has released a report calling on all Australian banks to rule out involvement in financing controversial coal projects proposed for Queensland’s Galilee Basin near the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.

China lake: ‘If you jumped into this water, you’d shed a layer of skin’

By Thu, Nov 27, 2014 12:27PM UTC A fisherman fetches water affected by blue-green algae in Lake Tai, in China's Jiangsu province. Pic: AP.

So says Wu Lihong, the unofficial guardian of China’s Lake Tai, a polluted body of water in Jiansu province. Long stigmatized due its algae-induced green hue, Lake Tai (or Taihu), is a testament to the government not delivering on promises of environmental clean-up. Seven years ago a toxic algal bloom forced residents to find alternatives to their tap water for drinking and prompted the government to undertake an expensive cleaning of the lake. However, the sources of pollution, such as chemical plants and textile factories, have seemingly continued virtually unabated, shining a stark light on local government’s inefficacy at tackling such problems at their source.

2 endangered elephants found dead in Indonesia

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 9:47AM UTC The Sumatran elephant. Pic: vincentraal (Flickr CC)

JAMBI, Indonesia (AP) — Two endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in western Indonesia and authorities believe they were killed by poachers.

China’s energy plan reduces reliance on coal

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 6:11PM UTC China air pollution. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials have imposed limits on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal.

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