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

19 Oct 18 - A series of floods that hit the ancient city of Angkor would have overwhelmed and destroyed its vast water network, according to a new study that provides an explanation for the downfall of the...

Palm oil giant vows to cut deforestation

9 Oct 18 - The world’s largest palm oil company has unveiled a plan to cut deforestation and labour abuses out of its supply chain within two years.

Pay more for your clothes, workers tell fashion brands

19 Sep 18 - Garment workers in Bangladesh have rejected an increase in the minimum wage, urging global brands to pay more for the clothes they buy.

Soggy Bangkok struggles to stay afloat

6 Sep 18 - As Bangkok hosts climate-change talks, the sprawling city of more than 10 million is itself under siege from the environment, with dire forecasts warning it could be partially submerged in just over...

Overloaded Thailand bans import of e-waste

23 Aug 18 - Thailand, struggling to deal with overflowing waste deposits following China’s trash ban last year, will bar the import of 432 types of scrap electronics.

A river restored breathes new life into Kuala Lumpur

14 Aug 18 - Ridiculed at first, the project to clean up Kual Lumpur's Klang river is on track to be completed on time and below budget.

Unhappy with fish poachers? Blow them out of the water

10 Aug 18 - Indonesia is taking an explosive approach to illegal fishing ... and it's putting the industry back on a path to suistainability.

Japan eyes daylight savings time for 2020 Olympics

9 Aug 18 - Deadly heatwaves in Japan have caused government and Olympics officials to consider the benefits of adopting daylight savings time for the 2020 games to ensure athlete safety.

Philippines kills off green campaigners

1 Aug 18 - A shocking 48 killings of green campaigners were reported in the Philippines last year, which was the worst on record for activist murders globally.

Heat goes on in (already) steamy Sri Lanka

31 Jul 18 - Steamy Colombo is expected to be one of the South Asian cities hardest hit by temperature hikes linked to climate change.

Imran vows to green Pakistan by planting 10 billion trees

30 Jul 18 - Imran Khan has vowed to plant 10 billion trees in five years as prime minister of Pakistan.

Penang is drowning in its own development

30 Jul 18 - The Malaysian island of Penang is paying a heavy price for putting development above the environment.

Singapore battles addiction to plastic

20 Jul 18 - The average Singaporean uses an unconscionable 13 plastic bags a day. With its only landfill site fast filling up, what are consumers and businesses doing to defuse the nation's plastic waste...

Meet the man who paves highways with old plastic

12 Jul 18 - Chemistry professor Dr Rajagopalan Vasudevan, 73, wants us to know that repurposed plastic can be good for the environment.

India’s cheap cars fixation stalls EV dream

12 Jul 18 - India’s obsession with affordable small cars could delay the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious plan to only sell electric vehicles in the country by 2030.

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

12 Jul 18 - The lifestyle of nomads in the ancient home of Genghis Khan and his Mongol horde is under threat as never before. Climate change, combined with local environment mismanagement, government neglect and...

E-waste deluge turning Thailand into world's dump

2 Jul 18 - At a deserted factory outside Bangkok, skyscrapers made from vast blocks of crushed printers, Xbox components and TVs tower over black rivers of smashed-up computer screens.

Palm oil alternatives could be worse, experts warn

29 Jun 18 - The deforestation caused by palm oil is decimating species such as orangutans and tigers - but the alternatives could be worse, says a new report.

Use plastics in Mumbai and you could go to jail

27 Jun 18 - Mumbai has the become the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics, with residents caught using bags, cups or bottles facing penalties of up to $NZ530 and three months in jail.

Newest development bank invests in coal

22 Jun 18 - The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is backing a coal-fired cement works in Myanmar through an intermediary, in a worrying sign for its climate credentials.

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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