Asia Environment

New report says overfishing driving slavery on Thai fishing boats

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 6:53PM UTC New report says overfishing driving slavery on Thai fishing boats

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — A British environmental group says overfishing and the use of illegal and undocumented trawlers has ravaged Thailand’s marine ecosystems and even encouraged the use of slave labor in the industry.

Japanese artist draws ire in Thailand for chopping down ancient tree

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:07AM UTC Japanese artist draws ire in Thailand for chopping down ancient tree

When Japanese artist Katsumi Mukai chopped down a huge 143-year-old tree in Krabi, a coastal province in southern Thailand, he wanted to make art, not controversy. But when the picture of him and his crew, who were posing cheerfully with the giant wood logs, emerged on Facebook, his artwork copped a lot of stick. The news soon spread and outraged many environmentalists before art people joined the debate.

Cambodian PM: No construction of mega-dam until at least 2018

By Tue, Feb 24, 2015 6:32PM UTC Hun Sen

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that work on a controversial mega-dam project in southwest Cambodia will not start until at least 2018.

Tasmania dreams of becoming world’s eco-tourism capital

By Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:32AM UTC Tasmania dreams of becoming world’s eco-tourism capital

Tasmania is dreaming big time. The Liberal government is plotting to transform the state into an environmental tourism capital to attract globe trotters. It comes as no surprise that conservation groups are blocking the proposed project. They said the World Heritage Site will be exploited for development; a trade off to draw 1.5 million visitors a year by 2020.

Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

By Sun, Feb 22, 2015 12:33PM UTC Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

NEW DELHI (AP) — New research estimates India’s air pollution is cutting 660 million lives short by three years on average.