Asia Environment

Inle Lake named Burma’s 1st biosphere reserve

By Thu, Jun 11, 2015 10:45AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The U.N.’s cultural agency has named Inle Lake as Burma’s first biosphere reserve to help safeguard natural ecosystems while promoting sustainable economic development.

East Asian nations revealed as top financiers of coal exports

By Wed, Jun 03, 2015 8:46PM UTC

Japan, China, and South Korea are the top financiers of coal exports via international financial conduits, a new report has revealed.

UNESCO keeps Barrier Reef off ‘danger’ list, but raises long-term concerns

By Tue, Jun 02, 2015 3:08PM UTC

UNESCO has stopped short of putting the Great Barrier Reef on its “danger” list last week, but warned of the reef’s poor health and the negative outlook for the future. It warned Australia to continue to take all necessary steps to ensure its future protection.

China destroys more than 660 tons of smuggled ivory

By Fri, May 29, 2015 5:12PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have destroyed 662 tons of ivory that was seized after being smuggled in the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade.

200,000 shark fins bound for Asia seized at Ecuadorean port

By Fri, May 29, 2015 12:17PM UTC

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Police in the Ecuadorean port city of Manta say they have seized about 200,000 shark fins destined to be illegally exported to Asia where they would fetch up to $1.5 million.