Environment

China sets ambitious growth target, promises steel cuts

Mar 5, 2018

China's top economic official has set a robust growth target of "around 6.5 percent" and promised more market opening and cuts in a bloated steel industry that has inflamed trade tensions with the U.S. and Europe

China's January auto sales growth rebounds to 10.7 percent

Feb 9, 2018

China's auto sales growth rebounded in January to 10.7 percent over a year earlier, boosted by strong demand for SUVs

Thai capital known for tourist sites chokes in polluted haze

Feb 8, 2018

A cloud of unhealthy haze has settled across the Thai capital, blurring views of the gilded temples and towering skyscrapers that draw millions of tourists each year

Orangutan shot with air gun 130 times in 2nd Borneo killing

Feb 7, 2018

A male orangutan on the Indonesian part of Borneo died after being shot at least 130 times with an air gun, the second known killing of a critically endangered orangutan this year

Vietnam jails activist for livestreaming pollution march

Feb 7, 2018

A court in central Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant's spill of toxins into the ocean

Thai construction magnate arrested for hunting in sanctuary

Feb 6, 2018

Officials say the head of one of Thailand's largest construction companies has been arrested for hunting protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary and was caught with the skin of a black panther and other animals

China solar supplier grows in India to avoid trade controls

Feb 6, 2018

One of China's biggest makers of solar panels says it will invest $309 million to expand manufacturing in India to guard against what it says is a rising threat of import controls in the United States and other markets

Hong Kong approves ban on local ivory trading by 2021

Jan 31, 2018

Hong Kong lawmakers give final approval to government proposal to ban local ivory trading in Chinese territory by 2021

Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking

Jan 20, 2018

Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia's illegal trade for over a decade

China calls deadly tanker collision 'unprecedented'

Jan 19, 2018

A Chinese official says the explosion and sinking of an Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea was without precedent, creating enormous difficulties for rescue and recovery efforts

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