Asia Environment

Solar plane to make ‘challenging’ 5-day flight from China to Hawaii

By Mon, May 04, 2015 10:18AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A pilot says that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.

Japan aims to cut emissions by up to 26% by 2030

By Fri, May 01, 2015 9:17AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent by 2030 amid international efforts to set a new framework for addressing climate change.

Study: Beijing babies born just after Olympics anti-pollution drive were heavier

By Wed, Apr 29, 2015 6:28PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A study shows that women in the final stage of pregnancy during the 2008 Beijing Olympics — when officials strictly controlled pollution — gave birth to heavier babies than in years when the Chinese capital was smoggier.

China’s e-waste is a multi-billion dollar toxic goldmine

By Tue, Apr 28, 2015 3:16PM UTC

As the most populous country on the planet, and one that produces a staggering amount of electronic products, it is natural that China also creates the largest amount of e-waste. Yet the relative poverty of the PRC when compared to the developed world means that China does not yet have the same kind of universal consumer culture as Western Europe, Japan or North America. So naturally, on a per capita basis, China ranks quite low in terms of electronic waste production, alongside poorer South and Southeast Asian countries.

Activists criticize government deal with Thailand’s ‘Tiger Temple’ monks

By Mon, Apr 27, 2015 9:30PM UTC

A compromise has been reached at ‘Tiger Temple’ in Kanchanaburi Thailand, but it could hardly be called a consensus. Despite rampant criticism from animal rights activists (who say the tourist site is a hotbed for wildlife misdeeds and violations) and government strict pledges to extract the tigers (made by Department of National Parks, Wildlife (DNP), and Plant Conservation chief Nipon Chotibarn on April 16) those officials were lenient when they visited the temple at the weekend.