Jan 12, 2010

Push begins to clear electric-car obstacles

SINGAPORE — Does 2010 mark the start of a new era in road transport as electricity increasingly takes over from petrol and diesel engines as the source of power for vehicles? Some signs point this way in the United States, Europe and Asia, where ...

Dec 29, 2009

Persuading China to put the screws to Iran

SINGAPORE — Will the world’s leading powers act in a more united way on Iran’s nuclear program than they have so far over climate change? The answer will become clearer in the next few weeks. It is a key test of U.S. policy to ...

Dec 22, 2009

Rice prices rock a buoyant economic boat

SINGAPORE — Asia is leading the world economy out of recession. The region’s most populous nations — China, India and Indonesia — appear to doing particularly well, setting the pace for renewed growth in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. Yet amid the ...

Dec 15, 2009

Underwriting a global reforestation program

SINGAPORE — Where does Southeast Asia rank in greenhouse-gas emissions, a key focal point of the international climate change negotiations? The short answer is that the region is an important source of worldwide emissions, mainly from deforestation. And it is expected to become a ...

Nov 30, 2009

Less efficient natural 'cleaning' could tip global carbon balance

SINGAPORE — Nearly everyone is familiar with budgets. Households keep them. So do companies and national governments. But what about the carbon budget that measures the health of our climate system? Just as accountants check financial budgets, an international team of scientists is attempting ...

Nov 12, 2009

Re-energizing America's role in trade talks

International trade has been an engine of growth for many Asian countries, enabling them to create jobs and raise living standards faster than in countries elsewhere in the world that were unready to take advantage of surging trade opportunities. In pragmatic Asia, a nation’s ...

Nov 4, 2009

Pollution fears don't dent coal's popularity

Asia’s rebound from the global economic slump is cheering the world with its promise of more growth, jobs and trade. But the revival is bad news for the environment because it is largely driven by a production and transport system addicted to fossil fuels, ...

Oct 23, 2009

Influential Asian groupings

SINGAPORE — Can Asia leverage its growing weight in the global economy into a more influential leadership role in the world? This will be tested soon. Prospects are more promising than before. Many of the intra-Asian tensions that bedeviled community-building efforts in recent years ...

Oct 15, 2009

An angel among the evil energy resources

Environmental activists have an aboveground and a below-ground view of the world. Energy sources harnessed on or very close to the surface, like wind, wave, tidal, solar and hydro power, are good. They are renewable and do not emit carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse ...

Sep 22, 2009

Is Earth's methane a time bomb?

SINGAPORE — Developed and developing countries continue to haggle over terms of a new pact to limit global warming gases. With only 15 full negotiating days scheduled before a climate change summit convenes in Copenhagen at the end of the year, the next round ...