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China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

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China’s offshore supply ship De Shen working at an oil spill area during a clean-up operation at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photograph: Transport Ministry Of China/EPA

Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed

January 18, 2018 — Consumers in Japan, China and South Korea should be wary of buying seafood until governments in the region have monitored and released details about the toxic impact of the Sanchi oil spill, scientists have warned. Continue reading China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

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Smoke and flames from the burning Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea. Photograph: AP

Ship was carrying 136,000 tons of oil that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing waters

January 16, 2018 — The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the Continue reading East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

Building boom in China’s tropics as Beijing’s ‘smog refugees’ flee toxic air

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Property developers are cashing in on the clean lung boom, building apartments in Xishuangbanna prefecture in Yunnan province. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Jaded urbanites keen to outrun hustle and bustle of country’s big smoke put down roots near border with Myanmar and Laos

January 10, 2018 — It was on 3 January last year, days after Beijing’s last major airpocalypse, that Ji Feng began to put into action his plan to escape one of the world’s most polluted cities. Continue reading Building boom in China’s tropics as Beijing’s ‘smog refugees’ flee toxic air

Tensions emerge over timetable for raising climate ambition

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UN climate talks will resume in Bonn on Monday (Photo:Axel Kirch/CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

China, India and other emerging economies are opposed to any mandatory raising of national climate pledges before 2020

November 3, 2017 — As negotiators from 195 countries head to Bonn, Germany, for annual climate talks, tensions are emerging over the timetable for raising ambition. Continue reading Tensions emerge over timetable for raising climate ambition

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

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EAST ANTARCTICA. This undated handout picture released by the Pew Charitable Trust on October 28, 2017 shows an ice wall in East Antarctica. Photo by John B. Weller/Pew Charitable Trust/AFP

Officials say Russia and China were key stumbling blocks, worried about compliance issues and fishing rights

SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday, October 28, after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging “greater vision and ambition”. Continue reading Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

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‘Investment in new coal power across the globe has peaked and is on the verge of a steep decline.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?

August 24, 2017 — The Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply from countries that Continue reading Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns

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Asian food companies have rapidly expanded their meat production in response to growing populations. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Growth of intensive units has potential to increase antibiotic resistance and could result in spread of bird flu beyond region

August 14, 2017 — The use of antibiotics in factory farms in Asia is set to more than double in just over a decade, with potentially damaging effects on antibiotic resistance around the world. Continue reading Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns

‘Be careful in dealing with China,’ Nene Pimentel tells Duterte

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CAUTION. Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr cautions the Duterte administration in dealing with China.

Citing Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the ex-Senate president warns that when indebted countries fail to pay loans, China takes over the sites of their investments

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 25, 2017) — The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte should be careful in dealing with China. Continue reading ‘Be careful in dealing with China,’ Nene Pimentel tells Duterte

Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’

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The coal industry says the growth of coal-fired stations in Asia is proof of a bright future for the fuel. Photograph: Lu Guang/Greenpeace

The vast majority of newly built stations in Indonesia relied on export credits agencies or development banks, says study by Market Forces

July 20, 2017 — The much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently too risky for the private sector. Continue reading Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’

122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

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Nuclear-armed states dismiss the ban as unrealistic, arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15,000 atomic weapons

UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 7, 2017) — A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday, July 7, despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. Continue reading 122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons