Glaciers in Central Asia shrinking fast: study

Aug 29, 2015

Glaciers in Central Asia shrinking fast: study

Central Asian glaciers have melted at four times the global average since the early 1960s, shedding 27 percent of their mass, according to a recent study. By 2050, warmer temperatures driven by climate change could wipe out half the remaining glacier ice in the ...

Jul 6, 2015

China's influence grows as Russian crisis rocks Central Asia

At a bazaar in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, once a far-flung outpost in the Soviet Union, cheap goods from neighboring China are helping offset the pain caused by Russia’s economic meltdown. As low world prices for Russian energy exports and Western sanctions over Ukraine stir ...

Oil cash helps Turkmenistan turn capital into marble marvel

Feb 26, 2013

Oil cash helps Turkmenistan turn capital into marble marvel

In an extraordinary construction boom, the isolated Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan is spending billions of dollars on remodeling its capital, Ashgabat, into a gleaming white showpiece where even the curbs are made of marble. The gas-rich desert country says that the massive spending ...