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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.

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

19 Jun 18 - Smog more toxic than can be measured by monitoring devices blanketing New Delhi, months before the start of the city's traditional pollution season.

India approves massive solar farm

7 Jun 18 - The Indian Government has given planning permission for a huge new solar project which is set to become one of the largest in the world.

Coal's all the rage in Indonesia

1 Jun 18 - Indonesia’s coal industry is enjoying a resurgence, driven both by rising demand from China and a push by Jakarta to build more coal-fired power plants.

Asia-Pacific dragging the chain, says UN

31 May 18 - The Asia-Pacific region is falling behind on climate action and conservation, according to the United Nations.

TEA TROUBLE: Weather changes could put Darjeeling in danger

29 May 18 - Gradual change in temperature and rainfall patterns in India's Darjeeling hills is beginning to affect production of one of the country's most famous teas.

Indian police kill 11 pollution protesters

25 May 18 - At least 11 people were killed and 80 wounded when police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a copper smelter in southern India.

India eyes hybrid solar-wind power plants

18 May 18 - India has released a draft policy for setting up hybrid wind-solar plants where both windmills and panels are put up on the same piece of land.

The true cost of making cities from the sea

4 May 18 - Asia is growing. Literally. From Malaysia to Dubai, luxury developments are rising on artificial islands and coastlines.

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

20 Apr 18 - Indian ride-hailing firm Ola will add 10,000 electric three-wheelers to its fleet over the next 12 months.

Japan has a renewable energy puzzle

20 Apr 18 - As Japan rushes to cut carbon emissions by 26 per cent, campaigners worry that forests and wildlife are being trampled.

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

5 Apr 18 - Maya Bay, made famous in the film “The Beach”, will be off limits to tourists for part of the year as Thailand seeks to protect eco-systems crumbling from warming seas and unchecked sprawl.

Tokyo admits rainforest timber used for stadium

1 Mar 18 - The Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee has confirmed that 87 per cent of the plywood panels used to build its new national stadium come from southeast Asian rainforests.

Singapore will charge carbon tax from next year

21 Feb 18 - Singapore will charge carbon polluters a new carbon tax from 2019.

Korea real cool, but the games are getting warmer

13 Feb 18 - PyeongChang turned on typical freezing South Korea weather for the first few days of the Winter Olympics … but overall the event is getting warmer.

Indonesia has bold plan to rewet the swamps

2 Feb 18 - A controversial Indonesian project to restore 2.5 million hectares of tropical peatland hinges on sustainable farming.

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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