Asia Pacific Topics

Jul 9, 2014

China tells hospitals not to deny emergency care to the poor

China’s hospitals must not turn away injured people who need emergency care, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Tuesday, as the government tries to tackle a persistent problem in its sprawling health care sector. Providing affordable, accessible health care is one ...

China's porpoises sinking

Jul 4, 2014

China's porpoises sinking

China’s river porpoises are rarer than pandas, but fishermen fighting to save them have been snared by a net of blackmail allegations, highlighting uncertainties faced by the country’s emerging environmentalists. Fewer than 1,000 finless porpoises — gray animals with a hint of a grin ...

Indonesia cigarettes flout graphic ad law

Jun 25, 2014

Indonesia cigarettes flout graphic ad law

Tobacco companies largely ignored an Indonesian deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs on sale, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that has the world’s highest rate of male smokers and a “wild, Wild West” of advertising. Despite having ...

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Jun 12, 2014

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Many Southeast Asian countries are rolling out measures so people can make healthy choices before obesity turns into the full-blown epidemic seen in many Western countries. Obesity is a priority for Singapore’s government, said Zee Yoong Kang, chief executive of the city-state’s Health Promotion ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...

Jun 1, 2014

Aussie farmer loses GM test case

An Australian farmer who lost his organic produce license after his fields were contaminated by a neighbor’s genetically modified canola crop has failed to win his test case for losses. In a judgment that could influence how GM crops are grown in Australia, a ...

Tiny 'living fossil' found in N.Z. waters

May 30, 2014

Tiny 'living fossil' found in N.Z. waters

A microscopic marine creature believed to have been extinct for 4 million years has been found alive and well in New Zealand waters, researchers said Thursday. The animal, a tentacled polyp of the genus Protulophila, forms colonies inside sea worms and first appeared in ...

Jade Rabbit lunar rover catches chill

May 29, 2014

Jade Rabbit lunar rover catches chill

China’s troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover is still alive after more than five months on the moon but is heading for an icy death, state media reported Wednesday. The rover launched in December can still send data back to Earth, Xinhua News Agency cited ...

India admits New Delhi as polluted as Beijing

May 9, 2014

India admits New Delhi as polluted as Beijing

India’s state air monitoring center has admitted that pollution in New Delhi is comparable with Beijing, but it also disputed a WHO finding that the Indian capital has the dirtiest atmosphere in the world. A study of 1,600 cities across 91 countries released Wednesday ...