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China Promises New Approach on Industrial Development

Posted November 12th, 2012 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The days of pursuing profits and growth no matter what the cost may be coming to an end in China. China’s minister for environmental protection said Monday all future industry projects will be required to include assessments of the risk they pose to social stability. Zhou Shengxian told reporters the change was motivated by growing […]

Chinese Environmental Officials to Stop Counting ‘Blue Sky Days’

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say they will no longer use the imprecise method of counting “blue sky days” as a measure of air quality in the country’s heavily polluted capital city. The state-run China Daily newspaper on Wednesday quoted a senior environmental official in Beijing as saying that the measurement was “only an average figure and can […]

ADB Says ‘Green’ Development Key to Growth in Mekong Region

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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A conference on the future of the Mekong region heard Monday that the management of food, water and energy resources will be the most critical developmental challenge in the next decade. Stephen Groff, vice president of the Asian Development Bank, told the Greater Mekong Subregion conference that the challenge is to increase efficiencies in resource […]

US Reduces Indonesian Debt, Supports Forest Conservation

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has forgiven almost $30 million in Indonesian debt in return for forest conservation. The United States says the so-called debt-for-nature swap is the second such deal with Indonesia, aimed at reducing deforestation and climate change. The U.S. State Department says it will reduce Indonesia’s debt payment to the U.S. government over the […]

US Reduces Indonesian Debt, Supports Forest Conservation

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has forgiven almost $30 billion in Indonesian debt in return for forest conservation. The United States says the so-called debt-for-nature swap is the second such deal with Indonesia, aimed at reducing deforestation and climate change. The U.S. State Department says it will reduce Indonesia’s debt payment to the U.S. government over the […]

India to Set Up Environmental Regulatory Body

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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India will set up a new environmental regulatory agency to review investment projects, as the government struggles to balance industrial growth with ecological protection. In announcing the planned National Environment Appraisal and Monitoring Authority , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said it is not acceptable to expect “a certain degree of environmental degradation and over-exploitation of […]

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India to Set Up Environmental Regulatory Body

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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India will set up a new environmental regulatory agency to review investment projects, as the government struggles to balance industrial growth with ecological protection. In announcing the planned National Environment Appraisal and Monitoring Authority , Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said it is not acceptable to expect “a certain degree of environmental degradation and over-exploitation of […]

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Report Says Burma Neglects Environmental Protection

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says Burma lacks any meaningful framework on environmental protection and sustainable development. The Burma Environmental Working Group says Burmese citizens are not able to take part in decision-making about their country’s development. The 100-page report released Monday says Burma has domestic laws and policies related to protecting people and the environment. But, […]

ADB to Help Boost Biomass Use in Southeast Asia

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank says it will help the Greater Mekong subregion increase the use of organic waste, or biomass, in agriculture. The bank said Monday the program will help the region to meet its growing need for clean energy and food security of poor and rural households. In a press release, the ADB said […]

Report: State of World Oceans Worse Than Suspected

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report warns that the state of the world’s oceans is far worse than suspected, with marine species at an unprecedented risk of extinction. The International Program on the State of the Ocean says in its report issued Monday that oceans are degenerating faster than anyone has predicted. The report says the combination of […]

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