Pirates release missing Vietnamese oil tanker

By Thu, Oct 09, 2014 12:11PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese sailor says his oil tanker has been released after pirates stormed the ship and siphoned off some of its cargo of gas oil. Deputy captain of the Sunrise 689 Pham Van Hoang said Thursday that a group of more than 10 men, who he

Asia, biodiversity and urbanization: Perspectives on the Living Planet report

By Tue, Oct 07, 2014 12:00PM UTC Projects like China's Three Gorges Dam threaten river biodiversity. Pic: Michael Gwyther-Jones (Flickr CC)

According to a recent report by the WWF, the Earth has lost more than half of its vertebrate wildlife over 40 years. One week ago, the organization’s Living Planet Report 2014 released the findings that between 1970 and 2010, 52% of the world’s population of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and

World Bank trims Asia growth outlook, urges reform

By Mon, Oct 06, 2014 11:51AM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — The World Bank has trimmed its growth forecast for developing East Asian economies this year to 6.9 percent and urged governments to improve conditions for investment and exports.

Indonesia steps up fight against forest fires

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:46AM UTC Smoke billows from forest fires in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia, last year. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian is intensifying fighting against forest and plantation fires by adding more helicopters to drop water in South Sumatra where the haze have affected daily life.

Singapore smog raises fears of new ‘Hazepocalypse’

By Tue, Sep 16, 2014 6:00AM UTC Singapore seen under a blanket of haze in June, 2013. Pic: AP.

In Singapore, June, 2013 was marked by 16-year high levels of air pollution. Known as “Hazepocalypse”, forest fires in Indonesia and Malaysia caused the city-state to be blanketed in an unhealthy haze of smoky air for days on end.

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