May 4, 2016

Cambodia bans cars near Angkor Wat

The main road alongside Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple is now off-limits to cars as authorities seek to ease traffic jams at the site that draws 2.1 million tourists a year. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the measure on Facebook on Tuesday. The ...

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

May 1, 2016

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April ...

Apr 12, 2016

China sounds alarm on groundwater pollution

More than 80 percent of China’s underground water drawn from shallow wells used by farms, factories and mostly rural households is unsafe for drinking because of pollution, a government report says. The Water Resources Ministry study posted on its website Tuesday analyzed samples drawn ...

A Briton's one-man campaign for a litter-free Marseille

Apr 8, 2016

A Briton's one-man campaign for a litter-free Marseille

Most people are resigned to a little litter in their lives. Not Eddie Platt, a British expatriate who single-handedly took on the scourge in Marseille, the southern French city where he took up residence in 2010. The 38-year-old launched his quirky campaign last September ...

Apr 5, 2016

Vietnam warns of dire impact from planned Mekong dams

Vietnam has predicted “very high adverse effects” on the Mekong River environment and economy if 11 proposed dams are built on its lower mainstream. The warning is the result of a 2½ year study submitted by Vietnam to the Mekong River Commission comprising Thailand, ...