Asia Pacific Topics

Dec 12, 2014

'Catastrophic' Bangladesh oil spill threatens rare dolphins

An oil spill from a sunken tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warned Thursday, calling it an ecological “catastrophe.” The tanker was carrying an estimated 357,000 liters (77,000 gallons) of oil when it sank in the Sundarbans’ ...

Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Dec 10, 2014

Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Australia bowed to international pressure and pledged 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund on Wednesday to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries. With its use of coal-fired power and relatively small population of 23 million, ...

Dec 8, 2014

23% of 'purified' water in China is polluted, tests show

Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China’s top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Monday. The findings underline the challenge to controlling supply chains in China, ...

Nov 29, 2014

China reports new human case of H7N9 bird flu

China confirmed a new human infection of the deadly H7N9 avian influenza virus, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said, the first case this winter in the southern province of Guangdong. A 31-year-old woman surnamed Deng, from the provincial city of Dongguan, was confirmed Friday ...