Mar 20, 2015

Arctic sea ice covers record low extent this winter

Arctic sea ice has set a new winter record by freezing over the smallest extent since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North ...

Mar 19, 2015

Tiger meat, bear paws openly available in Laos: NGO

A resort complex in northwest Laos targeting Chinese visitors has become a “lawless playground” for the trade in illegal wildlife ranging from tiger meat to bear paws, an advocacy group said Thursday. Customers “can openly buy endangered species products” in the Golden Triangle Special ...

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: Li

Mar 15, 2015

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: Li

China is falling short of its people’s expectations in battling smog, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, one week after authorities blocked a scathing documentary on the country’s air pollution problem. Li, who is second only to President Xi Jinping in the Communist hierarchy, made ...

<em>Omotenashi</em> — Japanese hospitality?

| Feb 28, 2015

Omotenashi — Japanese hospitality?


As the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee’s appointed “Cool Tokyo” ambassador, multilingual television journalist Christel Takigawa set media buzzing worldwide with her Sept. 7, 2013, speech to the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires in which she made great play of the word “motenashi” by ...

Feb 13, 2015

Humans dumped 8 million tons of waste into ocean: study

Shoddy waste management and littering across the globe likely added 8 million metric tons (17.6 billion pounds) of plastic to the ocean in 2010, posing significant dangers to marine life, scientists said Thursday. The five worst offenders listed in the study published in the ...

Feb 12, 2015

Rich world helping bankroll export of coal technology

Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters show, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels. A document ...