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Singapore expects to pay $72b for climate peace of mind

Wednesday - low-lying Singapore could spend $US72 billion or more over the next 50 to 100 years to adapt to climate change and rising sea levels, according to its prime minister.

Plastic, poverty and paradox ... the sad story of a great river

15 Aug 19 - India’s most sacred river is also its most polluted, with plastic a major culprit. Now moves are afoot to monitor the flow of rubbish and assess its link to poverty.

Southeast Asia drowning in electronic waste

7 Aug 19 - As awareness of the toxic fall-out of Southeast Asia's e-waste crisis grows, what's being done to defuse an environmental timebomb in the making?

At the garbage cafe, pay for your curry with plastic waste

31 Jul 19 - No money … no problem. Bring plastic waste and get a free curry at India's first “garbage café”.

Car craze brings gridlock and grumpiness to beaming Bhutan

26 Jul 19 - Booming car sales in Bhutan, famed for valuing Gross National Happiness over economic growth, are testing the good humour of the citizens.

Melting ice will hurt Southeast Asia

24 Jul 19 - Southeast Asia will be hardest hit by rising sea levels caused by melting and collapsing ice sheets.

Corruption and coal rule in Indonesia

16 Jul 19 - Prosecutors have indicted the head of a Indonesia's national power firm and other officials, raising hopes of a dirty energy clean-up.


Residents sue government over ‘world’s filthiest’ air

12 Jul 19 - A group of citizens is suing the Indonesian government, including the president, over the poor air quality in Jakarta, which in recent weeks has ranked as the worst in the world.

Leftover spy satellites reveal Himalayas melt

21 Jun 19 - US spy satellites that secretly kept watch over the Himalayas during the Cold War are helping researchers piece together the most detailed view yet of the region's accelerating ice loss.

Coal-dependent Japan sets neutral goal

14 Jun 19 - Heavy on tech, light on any plans to tackle its coal dependency, Japan has released its climate legislation.

Students must plant 10 trees to graduate

4 Jun 19 - The PhilippineS Senate has passed a law requiring all students to plant 10 trees in order to graduate.

Malaysia loses last male rhino

31 May 19 - The last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia has died in a nature reserve on Borneo.

TREATED LIKE TRASH: Asians send back the West's rubbish

29 May 19 - South-east Asia has begun to push back against the deluge of plastic and electronic waste from the UK, US and Australia.

What is sustainable rubber?

23 May 19 - Rubber is one of the world’s most widely used materials, but irresponsible farming methods have led to deforestation and human rights abuses as the sector has grown.

Asian voters want environmental action

18 Apr 19 - Voters across Asia are most likely to usher in governments that take a stronger stance on climate change and other environmental issues, according to surveys released in the lead-up to national...

Melting ice exposing bodies of Mt Everest's missing climbers

25 Mar 19 - Melting glaciers on Mount Everest have begun exposing the bodies of climbers who died on the mountain.

Look what happened when they cleaned up this rubbish beach

21 Mar 19 - Baby-turtles have officially returned to Mumbai - and it's all because one of the world’s largest beach clean-up efforts.

Japanese investors back renewables

19 Mar 19 - Major Japanese investors, including those most indebted to coal, are seeking to back large-scale renewables projects across Asia, marking a “monumental” shift that energy market analysts say is “the...

Two billion people dread the day the Himalaya ice cap fails

8 Feb 19 - At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering Himalaya mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change with serious consequences for almost two billion people.


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