Cambodia’s Illegal Logging Crisis

Tree cover loss in Cambodia has accelerated faster than in any other country in the world since 2001, so fast that Prey Lang, one of Southeast Asia's last great forests, is disappearing. Supposedly that has ... Read More...

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Flatten for Second Straight Year

For the second year in a row, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – have stayed flat, according to an analysis of 2015 preliminary data released last week by the International Energy Agency (I... Read More...

China Picks Up the Pace on Electric Cars

Battered by pollution and seeking to cut back on fossil fuel consumption, China is moving into the new energy car business dramatically, with a wave of new policies including lifting purchase restrictions thr... Read More...
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Indonesia Moves Against Fires

Despite what appears to be one of the worst burning seasons in recent years, Indonesia has begun to move against rogue palm oil operators, levying an unprecedented fine the equivalent of US$26 million against... Read More...
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China Could Beat Its Own Carbon Reduction Targets

China has submitted its formal pledge to the UN climate negotiations. China’s target is a 60–65 percent reduction in the emissions intensity of its economy compared to 2005 levels by 2030, with carbon dioxide emissions peaking around 2030, and “best efforts” m... Read More...
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Asian Air is Killing Us

A recent public outcry in China, sparked by a damning documentary about air pollution, was based on well-founded fear. Of the 100 million people who viewed the film on the first day of its online release, 172,0... Read More...
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Java Cement Plant Sparks National Environmental Debate

Last year, Indonesia’s biggest cement conglomerate won a final government permit to build a new 900-hectare production plant in a Central Java area south of the town of Rembang, where five villages now sit. But as word spread of the project, by Semen Indone... Read More...
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Vietnam’s Cable Car Mania

At least a couple of times a year, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism  is torn apart in the local press, along with the agency’s and often-terribly strange ideas for tourism promotion.  Most recentl... Read More...