Asia Environment

Australia questions crew of ship that ran aground

By Tue, Apr 06, 2010 9:29AM UTC

The crew of a coal-carrying ship that ran aground on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and is leaking oil will be questioned Tuesday about why their vessel was in a restricted area, an official said. Two tugboats were sent Monday to stabilize the Chinese-registered Shen Neng 1 so that it would

Miracle rescue – 150 saved after week in Chinese mine

By Tue, Apr 06, 2010 7:38AM UTC

On March 28, 153 coal miners were trapped in the Wangjialing mine in Shanxi Province, northern China when the mine was suddenly flooded with water. More than one week later an amazing rescue is taking place. According to a CNN report, so far rescue workers have managed to save 115

Spotted seal extinction to be prevented?

By Tue, Apr 06, 2010 1:45AM UTC

Original article. This translation comes from reader Christina Murphy. With the population of one of Korea’s natural monuments, the spotted seal (also known as the large seal, Phoca Largha) rapidly decreasing, experts are saying joint research from neighbouring countries, China, Russia and Japan, is needed. On March 23 in Incheon’s

Mekong summit issues declaration of cooperation

By Mon, Apr 05, 2010 8:15PM UTC

China strongly rejected claims that its dam-building policies are environmentally harmful, as the four downstream countries through which Asia’s mighty Mekong River flows agreed Monday to step up protection and promotion of the waterway. Leaders of the four Mekong Basin nations — Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam — held a

Salvaging ship from Barrier Reef could take weeks

By Mon, Apr 05, 2010 10:00AM UTC

A salvage team could take weeks to remove a grounded coal-carrying ship from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, where it is leaking oil in a pristine marine environment, a state leader said on Monday. The Chinese Shen Neng 1 ran aground late Saturday on Douglas Shoals, a favorite pristine haunt for