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Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Jan 7, 2016

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China’s northeast, said the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace on Wednesday in a report that may generate further distrust of the government’s ability to ensure a safe food supply. Beijing has spent billions of dollars to develop GMO ...

New Delhi starts limiting cars to clear air

Jan 2, 2016

New Delhi starts limiting cars to clear air

The Indian capital on Friday kicked off a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks. New Delhi is testing a formula where private cars will be allowed on the roads only ...

Tech giants spot opportunity in forecasting China's smog

Dec 29, 2015

Tech giants spot opportunity in forecasting China's smog

Air pollution in China could be big business. Two of the world’s largest technology firms, IBM and Microsoft, are vying to tap the nascent, fast-growing market for forecasting air quality in the world’s top carbon emitters. Bouts of acrid smog enveloping Beijing prompted authorities ...

Endangered monkey-eating eagle hatched in Philippines

Dec 10, 2015

Endangered monkey-eating eagle hatched in Philippines

A monkey-eating eagle has been hatched in captivity in the Philippines, boosting the giant, critically endangered bird’s fight against extinction. Found only in the rapidly vanishing tropical rain forests of the Philippines, the meter-long (3.3-foot) raptor gets its name from its diet of macaque ...

Smog chokes Beijing as city issues first-ever red alert

Dec 8, 2015

Smog chokes Beijing as city issues first-ever red alert

Schools closed and rush-hour roads were much quieter than normal as Beijing invoked its first-ever red alert for smog Tuesday, closing many factories and imposing restrictions to keep half the city’s vehicles off the roads. The alert in effect through Thursday — the most ...