Asia Environment

Japanese start buying affordable electric cars

By Thu, Apr 01, 2010 2:46PM UTC

Japan’s first mass-market electric car went on sale in showrooms Thursday as the futuristic technology becomes more affordable amid a burgeoning price war. The four-seater bubble-shaped i-MiEV from Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Japan’s fifth-biggest automaker, costs 2.8 million yen ($30,500) after government incentives are figured into the price of 4 million

NZ says pursuing slight hope of cutting whale cull

By Thu, Apr 01, 2010 2:25PM UTC

New Zealand said Thursday it is heading negotiations with Japan and other countries that engage in whaling in hopes of reducing by half the more than 3,000 whales harpooned each year — but negotiators said they were not very hopeful that talks would succeed. While Japan has indicated in diplomatic

The solar/wind battery we’ve all been waiting for?

By Wed, Mar 31, 2010 10:33PM UTC

What, you mean you haven’t been breathless with anticipation regarding the large-scale storage of renewable energy from wind and solar power? Well get with the program. Presidio, a small town on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico, is also on the frontier of energy storage technology. Life in

China official denies cutting off water to SE Asia

By Wed, Mar 31, 2010 6:36PM UTC

China denied Wednesday it has “hijacked” water from the Mekong River, causing its lowest levels in 20 years for areas downstream in Southeast Asia. Liu Ning, vice minister of water resources, suggested that China’s dams and irrigation projects upstream have actually helped stave off some of the effects of drought

Work begins on Cambodian hydropower project

By Wed, Mar 31, 2010 11:27AM UTC

A Chinese company has begun construction of one of several hydroelectric dam projects planned to reduce electricity shortages in Cambodia that environmentalists warn could do more harm than good, an official said Tuesday. The China National Heavy Machinery Corp. will build the 246-megawatt plant in Koh Kong province, with an