China girds for 'war on pollution'

Jul 12, 2014

China girds for 'war on pollution'

Having declared “war on pollution,” China is arming itself with tougher weapons such as new courts, daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps that bring no guarantee of progress. For decades, China accepted the blight on the environment ...

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 ...

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 ...

Apr 30, 2014

Japan, China, S. Korea to jointly tackle PM2.5 problem

Japan, China and South Korea issued on Tuesday a joint statement stipulating their concerted efforts to resolve environmental issues such as the concentration of PM2.5 fine pollutants. The communique was adopted by Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, Chinese Vice Environmental Protection Minister Li Ganjie and ...

Indonesian forest fires feed air pollution across Asia

| Mar 27, 2014

Indonesian forest fires feed air pollution across Asia

High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm plantations and rain forests. Monsoon winds sweep them north and east toward Singapore, Malaysia and deep into Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Southeast Asian cities ...

Panasonic China staff  get pay for pollution

Mar 13, 2014

Panasonic China staff get pay for pollution

Electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday it will give employees sent to China a wage premium to compensate for the country’s hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company. The move was part of a wider deal reached in the annual labor ...

Mar 12, 2014

Reducing PM2.5 pollutants

Recent spikes in the concentration of so-called PM2.5 air pollutants over wide areas of Japan once again raise alarms over the potential health risks from the small particles.

Study links yellow dust to more people going to emergency rooms

Mar 12, 2014

Study links yellow dust to more people going to emergency rooms

A study released Wednesday by a team of Japanese researchers found emergency room admissions increased when levels of yellow dust originating in China were high. The team, including Dr. Kayo Ueda, a researcher with the National Institute for Environmental Studies, found the rise could ...