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Sunny Southeast Asia just doesn't get solar

4 Oct 17 - Southeast Asia has double the solar energy potential of Northern Europe, but the market hype is not living up to the reality on the ground.

Delhi chokes on US exports of tar sands waste

29 Sep 17 - India has emerged as the world’s largest importer of petroleum coke, an oil byproduct that is now a major cause of pollution in the capital.

Palm oil giant makes debut in sustainability index

26 Sep 17 - Singapore palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources has been featured in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the first time.

India is about to embark on stupendous e-car changes

21 Sep 17 - India, the world’s fifth-largest car market is readying for a stupendous transformation: moving completely toward electric vehicles by 2030.

Shrinking glaciers threaten water supply of millions

15 Sep 17 - Asia’s mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by the century’s end, with dire consequences for millions of people.

Indonesia chases firms to pay for forest damage

31 Aug 17 - The Indonesian government is struggling to collect fines from companies found guilty of damaging the environment, leaving trashed rainforests and peat swamps to stay barren.

Himalayas hold their ground as world weather gets warmer

31 Aug 17 - Asia’s glaciers are holding out against global warming and are melting more slowly than expected.

In these highlands climate change is a death sentence

30 Aug 17 - Climate change should be taken as seriously as fighting insurgents, say those witnessing the savage impact first-hand.

Climate change threatens Pacific Rim farm trade

29 Aug 17 - The United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific economies to take a leading role in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Coal to power India for decades, says government

29 Aug 17 - Coal will maintain its dominant share of India’s electricity production for decades to come, according to a major report from the government.

COLOURFUL CANINES: Waste gives Mumbai dogs the blues

24 Aug 17 - Authorities in Mumbai have shut down a manufacturing company after it was accused of dumping untreated industrial waste and dyes into a local river that resulted in dogs turning blue.

Drought legacy can be a lingering death

18 Aug 17 - A climate hazard that doesn’t disappear when the rainclouds gather, drought’s lingering death can delay recovery a very long time.

THE IMRAN EFFECT: Pakistanis plant billion trees for their hero

17 Aug 17 - Inspired by national cricket hero Imran Khan, a province in Pakistan has planted a billion trees in just two years.

China puts Tibet's fragile ecosystem in danger

9 Aug 17 - Rising temperatures on the roof of the world make Tibet both a driver and amplifier of global warming. China’s unchecked mining and dam building has to be reigned in.

HOT AS HELL: These heatwaves will kill even healthy people

4 Aug 17 - Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply and soon.

Study links climate change and 60,000 farming suicides

3 Aug 17 - Climate change might have contributed to the suicides of nearly 60,000 Indian farmers and farm workers over the past three decades.

Solar not cheaper than coal, says former mining boss

27 Jul 17 - India’s future is still tied to coal and fixing woeful inefficient plants will create huge new generation at a price solar cannot match.

India diverts $25 billion away from clean energy

26 Jul 17 - The Indian government is diverting $25 billion earmarked for clean energy to an unrelated policy, a national news site has revealed.

Asian temperature rise could be disastrous

24 Jul 17 - Profligate fossil fuel use could cause Asian temperatures to rise by 6deg , bringing floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions.

Hanoi choking on fumes of five million motorbikes

24 Jul 17 - The roads of Vietnam’s capital have been taken over by the two-wheeled horde, but bringing in a ban by 2030 will be a tough ask.

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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