Asia Environment

Huge sandstorm covers Beijing, turns sky orange

By Sun, Mar 21, 2010 2:19PM UTC

Tons of sand turned Beijing’s sky orange as the strongest sandstorm this year hit northern China, a gritty reminder that the country’s expanding deserts have led to a sharp increase in the storms. The sky glowed Saturday and a thin dusting of sand covered Beijing, causing workers and tourists to

Dirty details demanded of sordid sex secrets

By Sun, Mar 21, 2010 6:19AM UTC

Over the last year or so, the Royal Australian Navy has been holding an inquiry into sexual harassment arising from some tabloid television program that everyone has since forgotten. The basis of the allegations was that sailors were betting on having sex with female workmates and that there was a “Ledger” detailing the bets and

China’s growing taste for sushi could ‘wipe out’ bluefin tuna

By Sat, Mar 20, 2010 10:08PM UTC

On Thursday in Qatar, the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted not to implement a ban on the international trade of bluefin tuna. The Associated Press reported that the rejection of the ban was seen as good news by Japanese fish dealers, who were worried that

Ban on bluefin tuna fails at endangered species convention

By Sat, Mar 20, 2010 3:09AM UTC

The threatened bluefin tuna will not be granted protected status. Japan and Canada opposed a ban on international trade on bluefin for economic reasons and received support from many developing nations. The Guardian reports that the vote at the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Qatar

Lead poisoning woes continue for Chinese children

By Fri, Mar 19, 2010 10:11PM UTC

Smelting factories near villages in rural China are poisoning local Children with illegal heavy metal emissions. Authorities in Hunan province have even imprisoned victims of lead poisoning who were on their way to receive health checks, according to an article in the Guardian: The latest results, received on 24 February,