May 9, 2010

Beijing projects power in South China Sea

SINGAPORE — Is China becoming more assertive in enforcing its claims to control as much as 80 percent of the South China Sea, a claim that includes sovereignty over dozens of islands disputed with several Southeast Asian states? Recent developments certainly point in this ...

Apr 20, 2010

Methane has scent of potential

SINGAPORE — Starting this month and extending through May, South Korea will resume exploratory drilling in waters off its east coast to find out whether a long-hidden energy resource can be turned into a new wellspring of natural gas. Other major energy users and ...

Apr 8, 2010

New tool to monitor climate change

Some of the most dramatic signs of climate change are taking place in the vast and frigid polar caps, where relatively few humans live. We would know much less about them than we do but for recent advances in satellite technology and remote sensing. ...

Mar 14, 2010

Assuaging China's expanding 'core' concerns

SINGAPORE — Not long before U.S. President Barack Obama held his low-key meeting in the White House with the exiled Tibetan leader last month, the Dalai Lama, a Chinese Embassy spokesman in Washington issued a statement on the talks and the U.S. decision to ...

Feb 26, 2010

Damping the soot emissions could buy time

SINGAPORE — A team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences trekked across frigid highlands in Tibet to confirm a significant recent discovery about climate change. They drilled and analyzed five ice cores from various locations on the Tibetan Plateau to find that the concentration ...

Feb 10, 2010

More research key to solving glaciers' riddles

Three years ago, a grim warning from the panel of scientists advising the United Nations on climate change caught the attention of policymakers in Asia. In one of several long reports, the panel said that glaciers in the Himalayan mountain chain between India and ...

Feb 4, 2010

The world's radioactive rubbish is piling up

The Pacific Sandpiper, a specially built cargo ship with safety features far in excess of those found on conventional vessels, left Britain’s Barrow port bound for Japan the other day. The security surrounding its departure on Jan. 21 indicates that something out of the ...

Feb 1, 2010

Nuclear plant construction up; South Korea challenging market

SINGAPORE — Recent startups hardly provide much evidence of the vaunted “renaissance” in civilian nuclear power that promises reliable supplies of electricity without the pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuels, especially coal. Only two new nuclear plants began operation last year, ...

Jan 15, 2010

Russia looking to expand oil markets in East

SINGAPORE — For a long time, energy-hungry Asia has watched in frustration as Russia, currently the world’s biggest producer of both oil and natural gas, sent nearly all its exports to former Soviet bloc partners and Europe, leaving Asian consumers increasingly dependent on imports ...