Asia Environment

Japanese whalers beyond Australian law

By Sun, Feb 21, 2010 4:17PM UTC

On a recent refueling stop in Fremantle, Western Australia, Paul Bethune, skipper of the now sunk Ady Gil, was photographed in pensive pose next to a painted-on-the-hull-list of fighter plane style victories naming “rammed” Japanese vessels This list clearly lays claim to, even boasts of, violent intent. Yet Sea Shepherd

Energy officials scramble to solve Mindanao power crisis

By Sun, Feb 21, 2010 6:21AM UTC

Bombarded by complaints and criticisms, Philippine Energy Secretary Angleo Reyes vowed to look into the worsening power supply problem in Mindanao after he presided an island-wide stakeholders meeting in Davao City last week. Power generators, distribution firms, as well as representatives of different business chambers in Mindanao demanded immediate attention

Drought crisis in Philippines

By Sun, Feb 21, 2010 3:10AM UTC

Typhoons in October devastated agriculture and caused heavy damages to infrastructure in the Philippines. Now a drought is destroying crops and threatening electricity supplies in the Southeast Asian nation, the New York Times reports. Nearly 400,000 acres of farmland have already been affected, and agriculture officials expect the drought to

Can carbon trading save Indonesia’s forests?

By Sat, Feb 20, 2010 10:07PM UTC

According to Greenpeace, Indonesia had the fastest rate of deforestation in the world between the years 2000-2005. This rampant destruction – both illegal and legal – is fueled by the worldwide demand for palm oil, paper and tropical wood. Deforestation of Indonesia’s rainforest and peatlands contributes to rising greenhouse gases

Jeju City from space

By Fri, Feb 19, 2010 10:35PM UTC Jeju City from space

A Japanese astronaut used the the new space cupola to snap a picture of Jeju City and, of course, tweeted it.

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