Asia Environment

What a load of rubbish: New garbage patch found in Atlantic

By Thu, Feb 25, 2010 10:09PM UTC

Not to be outdone by its fellow large expanse of sea and longtime nemesis, the larger Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean can now claim a colossal plastic garbage patch of its own. According to reports from the BBC and AP, the Atlantic ‘Rubbish Patch’ – located within the latitudes of

Australia proposes gradual phasing out of whaling

By Thu, Feb 25, 2010 7:10PM UTC

Australia has called for a gradual phasing out of whaling around the world in a proposal submitted to the International Whaling Commission. The proposal excludes aboriginal subsistence whaling — the hunting of whales by aboriginal groups who have a tradition of whaling. It also calls for whaling to be brought

Here’s a pile of money, come and get it

By Thu, Feb 25, 2010 6:59PM UTC

Anyone insulating his home would do some research aiming to get the highest quality product at the best possible price. That isn’t how the government operates, however. It takes money collected through taxes, dumps it in the street and shouts out “come and get it and, oh, by the way,

Thai customs seizes 2 tons of ivory from Africa

By Thu, Feb 25, 2010 2:23PM UTC

Thai customs officials say they have made the largest seizure of African ivory to date in the country, confiscating two tons of tusks that were destined for Laos. Customs official Seree Thaijongrak says they confiscated the cargo labeled as mobile phone parts at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport after receiving a tip.

UN plans Asia’s 1st food relief hub for disasters

By Thu, Feb 25, 2010 1:23PM UTC

The U.N.’s World Food Program announced plans Thursday to set up its first Asian disaster response hub, highlighting the need for emergency supplies to save lives in a region increasingly afflicted by earthquakes, floods, typhoons and volcanic eruptions. The air base depot near Malaysia’s largest city, Kuala Lumpur, will complete

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