Asia Environment

India’s Modi blames changing lifestyles for rising pollution

By Mon, Apr 06, 2015 5:32PM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is blaming changing lifestyles for rising pollution levels that have given India some of the world’s dirtiest air.

China mulls building new solar power station… in space

By Fri, Apr 03, 2015 11:59AM UTC

Chinese scientists are studying the possibility of building a space power station which would orbit the earth and accumulate a massive amount of solar energy. The energy would then be transmitted back to the Earth either in the form of microwaves or lasers. And no, this is not from the latest sci-fi movie. It is for real. On March 30, Xinhua reported that China is mulling the construction of the largest spacecraft ever built, which would surpass both Apollo and the International Space Station.

Beijing orders funeral parlors to tackle air pollution

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 11:42AM UTC

Officials in the notoriously polluted Chinese capital have ordered the city’s 12 funeral parlors to install smoke filtering equipment on all 90 of their incinerators, a move that has garnered special attention ahead of China’s April 5 tomb sweeping holiday.

Book Review: Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 8:26AM UTC

‘Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia’ by Lukas Straumann is a controversial book that uncovers the modus operandi of a multi-billion timber industry accused of wiping out the ancient rainforests of Sarawak, home of the last nomadic tribes of Southeast Asia in the heart of Borneo, Malaysia.

Malaysia detains notorious ‘Viking’ poaching vessel

By Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:36AM UTC

Another major blow has been dealt to illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean with the detention of the Nigerian-flagged poaching vessel, Viking, in Malaysia – bringing a total of three notorious illegal fishing vessels and their crew in for interrogation this fishing season. Nigerian-flagged the Thunder was de-registered last week making it officially stateless. Kunlun, meanwhile, is in Thailand’s detention.