Jan 19, 2016

Japan, China, South Korea fail to set goals for trade deal

High-ranking negotiators from Japan, China and South Korea failed to set goals for how far they want to open their markets in the latest round of talks on a three-way free trade accord, a Japanese official said. The representatives agreed to keep working on ...

Jan 15, 2016

World Bank says Japan will enjoy 23% export boost from TPP

A Pacific Rim free trade initiative would give a double-digit boost to exports from Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia by 2030, according to a recent estimate by the World Bank. It expects the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership deal to increase exports from Vietnam by 30.1 percent, ...

Jan 14, 2016

Global mercury emissions down 30% as less coal is burned

Global emissions of mercury from man-made sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday. The greatest decline of the toxic pollutant was in Europe and North America, offsetting increases in Asia, ...

Drought hits global cereals output, study finds

Jan 8, 2016

Drought hits global cereals output, study finds

Droughts and extreme heat have cut national cereal production by 9 to 10 percent on average around the world in the last half-century, and the impact has worsened since the mid-1980s, researchers said. Cereal production losses averaged 13.7 percent in drought years from 1985, ...