China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

Apr 18, 2014

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China’s government released a multi-year study that shows nearly one-fifth of its farmland is contaminated with toxic metals — a stunning indictment of the unfettered industrialization that took place under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule. ...

New China law to take on nation's polluters

Apr 15, 2014

New China law to take on nation's polluters

Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories, punish officials and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars have said. Long-awaited amendments to China’s 1989 Environmental Protection Law are expected to ...

Swimming upstream to become a dragon

| Apr 12, 2014

Swimming upstream to become a dragon

by Mark Brazil

While shuffling back from my early-morning dip in a hot spring at Kambayashi Onsen, I noticed the fish in the garden pond. They had gathered, heads together, in a strange starlike cluster, as if for a piscine tête-à-tête. They were languorously wafting their tails ...

Japan turtle finds haven in Taiwan

Apr 9, 2014

Japan turtle finds haven in Taiwan

by Ko Shu-Ling

In late January, Cheng I-Jiunn, a marine biology professor at the National Taiwan Ocean University, got a call telling him a green sea turtle incidentally captured in the northeastern part of the island desperately needed medical attention. A titanium tag installed on the turtle ...

Mar 17, 2014

Flood damage to triple by end of century: study

The annual cost of damage caused by flooding in Japan is estimated to triple by the end of this century to ¥680 billion due to global warming, a government research team said Monday. A rise in the average annual temperature of between 3.5 and ...