Asia Pacific Topics

From Iceland to Maldives, Chinese seek 'lung-cleansing' trips

Toxic haze that settled over much of China during the last three weeks has triggered a flight reflex among residents, leading to the rising popularity of smog avoidance travel packages to far-flung locations such as Iceland and Antarctica. Traveler’s online keyword searches for terms such as “smog escape,” “lung cleansing” ...

Jan 8, 2017

Choked by smog, Beijing creates new environmental police

Officials in Beijing are creating a new environmental police squad in the latest effort to fight China’s persistent problems with heavy smog. According to state media, Beijing’s acting mayor said Saturday that the new police force will focus on open-air barbecues, garbage incineration and ...

Dec 28, 2016

New births bring hope for Mekong dolphins in Cambodia

Conservation group WWF announced Tuesday that 10 new Irrawaddy dolphin calves were sighted this year in the section of Mekong River that runs through Cambodia, raising hope of saving the species from local extinction. It said the birth of the calves — seven in ...

Dec 28, 2016

Hong Kong's first bird flu patient this winter dies

An elderly Hong Kong man died on Christmas Day from bird flu, the government said on Tuesday, the first human infection in the city this winter. The Centre for Health Protection of the Health Department said the 75-year-old man, who was diagnosed with the ...

China's name-and-shame campaign fails to deter polluters

Dec 23, 2016

China's name-and-shame campaign fails to deter polluters

China has publicly named more than 20 enterprises it says broke environmental rules during this week’s outbreak of hazardous smog in the country’s north, its latest attempt to bring lawbreaking firms to account by shaming them. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) accused steel ...