Asia Environment

Crews begin moving oil from ship stuck on reef

By Fri, Apr 09, 2010 11:57AM UTC

Salvage crews at a damaged coal carrier stuck on the Great Barrier Reef began pumping fuel oil Friday from the stricken vessel onto another barge to carry it away and prevent it from leaking onto the delicate reef. Patrick Quirk, general manager of Maritime Safety Queensland, said inflatable booms were

Conal Holdings rolls out $13m agro-forestry project

By Fri, Apr 09, 2010 9:16AM UTC

MAASIM, Sarangani – Power firm Conal Holdings Corporation on Thursday launched its agro-forestry project that will also serve as the company’s carbon sequestration program in the village of Amsipit in Maasim, Sarangani in the Philippines. Conal Holdings chief executive officer Tirso Santillan said the project is the biggest of its

Record drought ravages southern China

By Thu, Apr 08, 2010 9:09PM UTC

Southern China is suffering through the worst drought in living memory. Conditions are particularly bad in the normally sub-tropical province of Yunnan, which now resembles a desert. Dried up lakes reveal desiccated aquatic animals – an eerie portent to the alarming natural and human disaster to come if the drought

Oil to be moved off ship stuck on Australia reef

By Thu, Apr 08, 2010 3:26PM UTC

Oil that leaked from a coal-carrying ship stranded on the Great Barrier Reef has dispersed into the ocean, and crews prepared Thursday to transfer the ship’s remaining oil to eliminate any further environmental risk to the world’s largest coral reef. The water surface no longer has an oil sheen around

2-meter-long lizards discovered in Philippines

By Thu, Apr 08, 2010 3:10AM UTC

Previously unknown to the scientific community, a ‘new’ species of monitor lizard has been documented in the Royal Society Biology Letters. Dubbed the Varanus bitatawa, the giant lizard lives in the Sierra Madre forests of Luzon Island in the Northern Philippines, where it is well known to local tribes who