Apr 7, 2009

Carbon slump threatens emission-cut goals

SINGAPORE — First, came the credit crunch and recession. Now there is a carbon price slump that may undermine one of the main ways governments have chosen to combat global warming. This is happening as Japan, the United States and other advanced economies develop ...

Mar 21, 2009

Are Earth's oceanic 'carbon sinks' filling up?

Russian and South Korean scientists made a disturbing discovery recently in the Sea of Japan. They found that the amount of carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas, being absorbed in the water dropped by half between 1992 and 2007. French scientists last month ...

Mar 15, 2009

Maritime lines of conflict in South China Sea

SINGAPORE — America’s protest last week to China over the alleged harassment of two of its navy ships by Chinese vessels, and China’s reaffirmation of ownership of the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, highlight two festering maritime disputes. Either position could ...

Mar 10, 2009

Warming up for the bottom line on climate

SINGAPORE — Researchers from around the world meet in Denmark this week to discuss the latest scientific findings on climate change, following recent warnings that the severity of global warming this century will be much worse than previously expected and that changes to the ...

Mar 3, 2009

Tackling the dangers of mercury

SINGAPORE — Fear sparked by global recession, strains on banks and volatile paper currencies has brought the glitter back to gold. Its value has been rising rapidly in recent months, as investors seek a safe haven from the economic and financial storm. But gold’s ...

Feb 25, 2009

Building an Asian safety net

Asian finance ministers have agreed to build a regional safety net to help countries withstand currency weakness and avoid a financial meltdown. However, they appear to be making haste slowly when the deepening global recession demands decisive action. Meeting in Phuket, Thailand, on Feb. ...

Feb 17, 2009

Former saviors racking up losses

SINGAPORE — A year ago, before the financial crisis started to bite hard, the United States and Europe were worried that Asian and Middle East nations, armed with a mighty war chest of surplus foreign exchange reserves from their exports of manufactured goods and ...

Feb 4, 2009

Guantanamo closure raises key issues for U.S.

The Obama administration has moved swiftly to end controversial practices that tarnished America’s international reputation and undermined its moral authority. But in doing so, it has raised new questions about how the United States will prosecute and punish terrorists in future, and where and ...

Jan 27, 2009

North Korean crisis heating up

SINGAPORE — Will North Korea be the Obama administration’s first Asian crisis? Pyongyang has recently been cranking up its bellicose rhetoric, declaring that it would maintain its “status as a nuclear weapons state” and “smash” South Korea’s government in an “all-out confrontation” for tying ...

Jan 9, 2009

Who can win on oil slicks?

SINGAPORE — What a roller-coaster ride! It took more than four years for oil to go from $35 per barrel in 2004 to just above $147 in July 2008, and less than six months to go all the way down again. Today, the oil ...