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South Korea sets net-zero goal

Thursday - South Korea has declared a climate crisis, and established a non-binding goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, making it the second East Asian nation this week to set a tougher climate target.

Young activists go to court over climate change

7 Sep 20 - Six young Portuguese activists are taking a European human rights case against 33 countries in the latest legal effort to force governments to step up their fight against climate change.

Doubts over green bonds’ impact in Asia’s low-carbon transition

28 Aug 20 - A new study has uncovered scant disclosure by green bond issuers of their environmental impact, and a lack of social safeguards to protect communities from unintended consequences of financed projects.

Coronavirus forces tourism rethink in world's most visited city

24 Aug 20 - With the outlook for urban tourism deeply uncertain, Thai authorities have a chance to adopt a more sustainable model.

Industry push-back delays Japan's decarbonisation

18 Aug 20 - Fossil-fuel producers and high greenhouse-gas emitters in Japan are fiercely lobbying against more ambitious emissions and energy policy that would imperil their carbon-heavy, energy-intensive business, undermining the country's response to the climate crisis, new research has revealed.

Vietnam’s energy policy marks turning point for coal

23 Jul 20 - As other countries pull out of Vietnam’s coal sector, Chinese banks have become the lender of last resort for struggling projects.

South Korea backtracks on green promise

20 Jul 20 - For South Korea it seems, climate care is a case of going green at home – and doing the opposite overseas.


Japan to launch ‘green recovery’ platform

Shinjirô Koizumi

4 Jun 20 - Japan wants to bolster global momentum for climate action by hosting an online platform and high-level political event on greening the post-coronavirus economic recovery.

Green New Deal turns South Korea from climate villain to model

25 May 20 - The country’s youngest MP is on a mission, inspired by Greta Thunberg, as climate moves up political agenda.

Bangladesh to double fossil fuel imports

15 May 20 - Bangladesh is expected to double its imports of fossil fuels in the coming decade and will miss its 2020 clean-energy target.

Plastic piles up as covid sidelines pollution fight

12 May 20 - Green groups worry about a plastic "onslaught" in Southeast Asia as home deliveries during lockdowns add to mountains of waste.

South Korea backs $2b bailout of coal company

8 May 20 - The South Korean government is backing a $2 billion bailout of the country’s biggest coal plant manufacturer, despite promises to end coal financing.

Indonesia puts new jungle capital on hold

28 Apr 20 - The Indonesian government’s plan to relocate the country’s capital from Java to the jungles of Borneo has hit a wall.

South Korea to implement Green New Deal

17 Apr 20 - South Korea is on track to set a 2050 carbon neutrality goal and end coal financing after its ruling Democratic Party won an absolute majority in the country’s parliamentary elections on Wednesday.

Asia Pacific degradation worries UN

2 Apr 20 - A surge in Asia Pacific carbon emissions and the degradation of its environmental resources is alarming, says the UN.

Campaigners attack Japan's 'shameful' climate plans

31 Mar 20 - Japan has laid out its plans to tackle greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris agreement in the run-up to UN climate talks this year, becoming the first large economy to do so.

Southeast Asian mangrove destruction is rampant

20 Mar 20 - Southeast Asia’s aggressive development to spur economic growth are stripping the region’s coasts of mangrove forests at rates faster than anywhere.

India finally takes climate crisis seriously

19 Mar 20 - With financial losses and a heavy death toll from climate-related disasters constantly rising, India is at last focusing on the dangers of global warming.

South Korea wants Green New Deal

18 Mar 20 - South Korea's ruling party has announced its ambition for the nation to adopt a Green New Deal and deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050.


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