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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.

Bali does battle with plague of plastic

24 Feb 20 - Indonesia is the world’s second-largest ocean plastic polluter, after China.

Singapore joins drive to phase out fossil fuel vehicles

24 Feb 20 - Climate-vulnerable Singapore will part ways with fossil fuel vehicles within the next two decades and throw its weight behind cleaner vehicles.

Malaysia’s banks buck trend against coal

19 Feb 20 - Malaysia’s major banks are bucking a global trend toward the decarbonisation of the finance industry by continuing to finance new coal-fired power projects in Southeast Asia, a new report has found.

Mining leads to flooding in coal capital

11 Feb 20 - Major flooding from just a few hours of heavy rain in Samarinda, Indonesia’s coal-mining capital, has underscored the severity of the environmental degradation being carried out by the industry,...

Japan races to build coal-burning power plants

7 Feb 20 - Just beyond the windows of Satsuki Kanno’s apartment overlooking Tokyo Bay, a behemoth from a bygone era will soon rise: a coal-burning power plant, part of a buildup of coal power that is unheard-of...

Asian countries spurn and burn waste imports

3 Feb 20 - Two years after China’s ban on other countries' waste, Southeast Asian nations are struggling to deal with import surge, and are enacting bans of their own.

China, India face crticism over potent pollutants

29 Jan 20 - A new study suggests that China and India might not be living up to recent pledges to dramatically reduce emissions of a greenhouse gas nearly 13,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

City buses might moove to dung-drive

29 Jan 20 - Not in their wildest dreams did the residents of Karachi’s Cattle Colony think that the filth they were living in for more than four decades would generate wealth as well as energy.

Indonesia forest fires cost $5.2 billion

13 Dec 19 - The total damage and economic loss from forest fires in Indonesia this year amounts to at least $5.2 billion, says the World Bank.

Big Energy boosts coal in Philippines

28 Nov 19 - Coal expansion by the Philippines’ biggest energy companies could lead to the fossil fuel’s share of the energy mix growing from 52 per cent today to a whopping 75 per cent by 2025.

Vietnam has a remarkable wind-energy story

21 Nov 19 - Vietnam is rising as Southeast Asia’s new wind hero, with power capacity soon to dwarf that of all other Asean nations.

Myanmar hands over forests to oil palm producers

15 Nov 19 - Myanmar has handed out more than 400,000 hectares of oil palm concessions to 44 companies, some of the land overlapping with proposed national parks.

Coal is still king in Southeast Asia

10 Oct 19 - Not only will coal continue to be the dominant fuel source in power generation in Southeast Asia, its use will grow and peak in 2027 before slowing, according to a new study.

Can indonesia avoid a capital distaster?

6 Sep 19 - Indonesia will build a new capital city from scratch in a jungle-covered area with little to no infrastructure and it could be an environmental disaster.

Most Southeast Asia banks ignore climate crisis

27 Aug 19 - Most Southeast Asian banks are indifferent to climate change in their lending operations, a new report has found.

27 Aug 19  IKEA IDEA: Inspired firm aims to electrify a million boats

21 Aug 19  Singapore expects to pay $72b for climate peace of mind

15 Aug 19  Plastic, poverty and paradox ... the sad story of a great river

7 Aug 19  Southeast Asia drowning in electronic waste

31 Jul 19  At the garbage cafe, pay for your curry with plastic waste

26 Jul 19  Car craze brings gridlock and grumpiness to beaming Bhutan

24 Jul 19  Melting ice will hurt Southeast Asia

16 Jul 19  Corruption and coal rule in Indonesia

12 Jul 19  Residents sue government over ‘world’s filthiest’ air

21 Jun 19  Leftover spy satellites reveal Himalayas melt

14 Jun 19  Coal-dependent Japan sets neutral goal

4 Jun 19  Students must plant 10 trees to graduate

31 May 19  Malaysia loses last male rhino

29 May 19  TREATED LIKE TRASH: Asians send back the West's rubbish

23 May 19  What is sustainable rubber?

18 Apr 19  Asian voters want environmental action

25 Mar 19  Melting ice exposing bodies of Mt Everest's missing climbers

21 Mar 19  Look what happened when they cleaned up this rubbish beach

19 Mar 19  Japanese investors back renewables

8 Feb 19  Two billion people dread the day the Himalaya ice cap fails

4 Feb 19  Toxic smog forces Bangkok to close schools

1 Feb 19  Bali will bill tourists for plastic pollution

12 Dec 18  Vietnam milk boom leads to billions of cartons on beaches

4 Dec 18  Asia's media ignores air pollution shocker

29 Nov 18  Everest's glaciers sensitive to climate change

28 Nov 18  Gas demand spurs race to build tankers

15 Nov 18  Sweet taste of chocolate has turned sour for orangutans

19 Oct 18  ANGKOR'S END: Did floods speed the end of ancient city?

9 Oct 18  Palm oil giant vows to cut deforestation

19 Sep 18  Pay more for your clothes, workers tell fashion brands

6 Sep 18  Soggy Bangkok struggles to stay afloat

23 Aug 18  Overloaded Thailand bans import of e-waste

14 Aug 18  A river restored breathes new life into Kuala Lumpur

10 Aug 18  Unhappy with fish poachers? Blow them out of the water

9 Aug 18  Japan eyes daylight savings time for 2020 Olympics

1 Aug 18  Philippines kills off green campaigners

31 Jul 18  Heat goes on in (already) steamy Sri Lanka

30 Jul 18  Imran vows to green Pakistan by planting 10 billion trees

30 Jul 18  Penang is drowning in its own development

20 Jul 18  Singapore battles addiction to plastic

12 Jul 18  Meet the man who paves highways with old plastic

12 Jul 18  India’s cheap cars fixation stalls EV dream

12 Jul 18  Life's a toxic cocktail in the land of Genghis Khan

2 Jul 18  E-waste deluge turning Thailand into world's dump

29 Jun 18  Palm oil alternatives could be worse, experts warn

27 Jun 18  Use plastics in Mumbai and you could go to jail

22 Jun 18  Newest development bank invests in coal

19 Jun 18  Pollution-recording gear can't cope with off-the-dial Delhi

7 Jun 18  India approves massive solar farm

1 Jun 18  Coal's all the rage in Indonesia

31 May 18  Asia-Pacific dragging the chain, says UN

29 May 18  TEA TROUBLE: Weather changes could put Darjeeling in danger

25 May 18  Indian police kill 11 pollution protesters

18 May 18  India eyes hybrid solar-wind power plants

4 May 18  The true cost of making cities from the sea

20 Apr 18  Dear sir, I'd like to order some e-vehicles ... 10,000 would do

20 Apr 18  Japan has a renewable energy puzzle

5 Apr 18  'The Beach' off limits as Thais count cost of climate change

1 Mar 18  Tokyo admits rainforest timber used for stadium

21 Feb 18  Singapore will charge carbon tax from next year

13 Feb 18  Korea real cool, but the games are getting warmer

2 Feb 18  Indonesia has bold plan to rewet the swamps

30 Jan 18  Local people tackle tide of beach plastic

24 Jan 18  Climate change drives farmers from Mekong delta

15 Dec 17  Thailand gets $1.1 billion for wind power project

8 Dec 17  Hyundai building battery bigger than Tesla's

24 Nov 17  India to add 10,000 e-vehicles to official fleet

21 Nov 17  Indonesia to roll out 1000 eco-mosques

16 Nov 17  CHOPPER STOPPER: Too much smog for the smog-fighters

26 Oct 17  LEAPING LIZARDS: Giants thrive in wasted oil palm plantations

20 Oct 17  How Thailand built a top sustainable stock exchange

13 Oct 17  Asean banks need to raise sustainable finance bar

11 Oct 17  India bans Diwali fireworks to tackle Delhi's air pollution

4 Oct 17  Sunny Southeast Asia just doesn't get solar

29 Sep 17  Delhi chokes on US exports of tar sands waste

26 Sep 17  Palm oil giant makes debut in sustainability index

21 Sep 17  India is about to embark on stupendous e-car changes

15 Sep 17  Shrinking glaciers threaten water supply of millions

31 Aug 17  Indonesia chases firms to pay for forest damage

31 Aug 17  Himalayas hold their ground as world weather gets warmer

30 Aug 17  In these highlands climate change is a death sentence

29 Aug 17  Climate change threatens Pacific Rim farm trade

29 Aug 17  Coal to power India for decades, says government

24 Aug 17  COLOURFUL CANINES: Waste gives Mumbai dogs the blues

18 Aug 17  Drought legacy can be a lingering death

17 Aug 17  THE IMRAN EFFECT: Pakistanis plant billion trees for their hero

9 Aug 17  China puts Tibet's fragile ecosystem in danger

4 Aug 17  HOT AS HELL: These heatwaves will kill even healthy people

3 Aug 17  Study links climate change and 60,000 farming suicides

27 Jul 17  Solar not cheaper than coal, says former mining boss

26 Jul 17  India diverts $25 billion away from clean energy

24 Jul 17  Asian temperature rise could be disastrous

24 Jul 17  Hanoi choking on fumes of five million motorbikes

21 Jul 17  Asia coal boom bankrolled by foreign money

17 Jul 17  Japan to export renewable energy expertise

6 Jul 17  Indian utility bets $10 billion on coal power

5 Jul 17  India gets busy and plants 66 million trees in 12 hours

29 Jun 17  MODI AND ADANI: Old friends who are laying waste to India

22 Jun 17  South Korea to scrap coal and nuclear power

15 Jun 17  India and Pakistan scrap over the mighty Indus

15 Jun 17  Singapore opens sustainability academy


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