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Apr 12, 2014

In future, when your mobile or tablet runs out of battery, you could just recharge it by putting it out in the sun.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists have developed a next-generation solar cell material which can also emit light, in addition to converting light to electricity.

This...

Apr 07, 2014

Natural gas and renewable energy are poised for boom times in China over the coming decades, and they'll be key factors in the development of the nation's economy, a global energy agency said on Wednesday.

China's natural gas consumption will quadruple by 2035, becoming a driver of global demand for the fuel...

Apr 01, 2014

According to a new report from consultancy Navigant Research, cumulative investment in smart city technology in Asia-Pacific will total $63.4 billion during the period from 2014 to 2023.

“Asia-Pacific is home to most of the world’s largest and fastest-growing urban areas, and smart city technology is...

Mar 26, 2014

A United Nations study released on March 21 shows that Cambodia has the highest rates – among 11 Asian countries surveyed – of people lacking access to electricity, clean water and sanitation, the Phnom Penh Post reported.

The 2014 UN World Water Development report, titled Facing the Challenges, ranks...

Mar 20, 2014

Regional Conference adopts FAO work priorities for Asia and the Pacific to address “magnitude of challenges” in improving food security

14 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Governments from 41 countries across Asia and the Pacific today concluded a five-day regional conference on improving their responses...

Mar 14, 2014

HA NOI (VNS)— Policy-makers and climate change experts from Southeast Asia have discussed ways of financing low-carbon green growth in the region at a workshop held yesterday in Ha Noi. The participants also held a dialogue to explore options for funding green investments in energy, transport, agriculture, and...

Mar 08, 2014

China has not approved any commercial production of genetically modified (GM) staple food, Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu said Thursday.

"We have been cautious over GM food because we want to make sure that it is safe," he told a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National...

Feb 26, 2014

Island countries in the Pacific need a strong transport sector to support economic growth. ADB’s transport strategy in the region focuses on improving access to markets and social services and building integrated transport systems.

Good roads and port facilities and efficient transport services are crucial...

Feb 24, 2014

Washington, D.C. – By embracing conservation measures and renewable energy, China can transition to an 80 percent renewable electric power system by 2050 at far less cost than continuing to rely on coal, according to a new report from WWF-US.

As a result, China’s carbon emissions from power generation...

Feb 12, 2014

A female tiger prowling villages in northern India has killed its 10th human in six weeks, and continues to evade hunters, forest officials said yesterday.

The big cat mauled a 50-year-old man as he was collecting firewood on Sunday night near the village of Kalgarh, close to the border between the states of...

Feb 02, 2014

China sees less smog during the lunar new year celebrations, as people have shown "quiet" support for the government call for fewer fireworks.

Most of the megacities reported less air pollution, good visibility and less noise on the eve of China's Spring Festival. The Spring Festival falls on Friday this...

Jan 17, 2014

Japan has signed an agreement with Palau to allow Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by helping the small Pacific island cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Japanese government said on Monday.

Under the deal, both nations will set up a joint committee of representatives to operate a bilateral offset...

Jan 14, 2014

The 2014 target for reduction of nitrogen oxide in the air has been set at 5 percent, a level much more aggressive than in previous years, Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian said at a national environmental conference on Thursday.

Targets for reducing the other three major pollutants —...

Jan 05, 2014

Shanghai recorded only eight days last month when air quality was judged to be good or perfect, the city monitoring center said yesterday.

In each of the previous four Decembers, air quality reached these levels on around 20 days, reported the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.

Meanwhile, a...

Dec 30, 2013

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam will launch a carbon-finance programme that will help green the country's national electricity grid in a commercially sustainable manner.

Under an agreement signed last Friday between the Government and the World Bank's Carbon Partnership Facility (CPF), the CPF will purchase carbon...

Dec 25, 2013

Scientists are concerned about the negative impact of hydro-power plants on people’s lives in areas hit by extreme weather, while rivers in the South become critically polluted by industrial waste.

Viet Nam River Network (VRN), a local non-governmental organization, affirmed at its annual conference held...

Dec 18, 2013

Singapore, 18 December 2013 --- Teijin Limited, Onward Holdings Co., Ltd. and Fuji Xerox Co,. Ltd. announced today that they will launch a closed-loop recycling system for uniforms in China. The system is based on Teijin’s ECO CIRCLE™*1 that incorporates the world's first technology for the chemical recycling of...

Dec 17, 2013

HA NOI (VNS) — A project aiming to strengthen national capacity to develop sound policies relating to natural resources management and environment protection was launched yesterday in Ha Noi.

The four-year project will be jointly implemented by the Institute of Strategy and Policy of Natural Resources and...

Dec 13, 2013

About 18 to 21 more nuclear power plants will be built by 2035, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Yoon Sang-jick said in a report to the National Assembly on Tuesday.

"We set the proportion of nuclear power plants to all domestic power generation facilities at 29 percent by 2035," he said.

This...

Dec 12, 2013

Environmentalists hailed a Chinese government ban on serving shark’s fin and bird’s nest soup among other wild animal products at official functions on Monday, saying it will set a precedent that will help protect endangered species.

The Communist Party of China announced the ban as part of a sweeping...