Asia Environment

La Trobe University embraces Earth Hour

By Tue, Mar 23, 2010 12:50PM UTC

Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm will see La Trobe turn off the lights as part of this year’s World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Earth Hour. La Trobe’s registration marks the third year it has taken part since 2.2 million people turned off their lights in Sydney for the inaugural Earth Hour

Hong Kong air pollution reaches new heights

By Tue, Mar 23, 2010 9:45AM UTC

Hong Kong had to breathe the air of record-level pollution levels Monday. To explain how high the level of dirty air was we had to deal with, let’s talk numbers. An air pollution index (API) of between 0 and 50 indicates quality of air and does not pose a health threat to people,

Sumatran tiger kills man as friends try to help

By Tue, Mar 23, 2010 9:08AM UTC

A rare Sumatran tiger dragged a man from a hut in an Indonesian village and broke his neck as friends tried to rescue the victim, an official said Monday. The 26-year-old man, identified as Darmilus, was attacked Sunday while he and seven friends were resting in a makeshift hut in

China’s sandstorms blast Beijing with dust, sand

By Tue, Mar 23, 2010 8:40AM UTC

The dust works its way through keyholes and window frames, and smells like a filthy brew of dirt, smoke and metallic particles. The sky turns magenta and whole buildings disappear. Eyes tear up and throats get sore from coughing. Northern China’s spring sandstorms blew in with particular ferocity over the

The winter that would not end

By Tue, Mar 23, 2010 4:13AM UTC

It has been a grim spring so far in Korea. A combination of dreary cold rain and yellow dust on Saturday made the sky over Seoul looked like the End of Days had arrived. Sunday was fine, just a little cooler than usual. But yesterday Korea was hit with snow yet again.