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May 13, 2020

BANGKOK, THAILAND – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Green Invest Asia project, successfully facilitated an equity investment by international financial institutions into Grandis Timber,(link is external) Cambodia’s first and only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified...

May 13, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – The well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region are edging closer to a tipping point due to the unprecedented pace of marine pollution, overfishing and climate change in recent years. However, a new report released today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and...

May 06, 2020

The two organisations will seek to bolster provision of low-cost, sustainable energy to prepare health systems for vaccine delivery and rebuild economies

May 06, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP News) – (ASIA TODAY) -- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Government of Japan, today launched a new project which aims to reduce the environmental impact of cities in South East Asia by addressing plastic waste pollution in...

Apr 16, 2020

Researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a semi-autonomous robot that can disinfect large surfaces quickly. The researchers are planning to have public trials to support Singapore’s fight against COVID-19.

Named eXtreme Disinfection roBOT (XDBOT), it can be...

Apr 10, 2020

Low costs and proximity to Hong Kong are drawcards bringing start-ups to rural communities in southern Mainland China.

Apr 08, 2020

A research team led by Professor Amos Tai, Associate Professor of the Earth System Science Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has successfully quantified and visualised the impact of Hong Kong air pollution especially ozone pollutant on plants and the environment. Although the experiment took...

Apr 07, 2020

TUYÊN QUANG — A rare primate was released in Phiêng Bung Natural Reserve in Năng Khả Commune, Na Hang District of the northern mountainous province of Tuyên Quang today.

The Indochinese rhesus macaque, also known as 'golden monkey', is an endangered and rare species listed in Việt Nam’s Red Book.

The...

Apr 06, 2020

HCM CITY — More farmers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta have restructured their crop cultivation to adapt to the effects of climate change.

The delta, the country’s largest rice, fruit and seafood producer, has faced severe drought and saline intrusion in recent years and local authorities have encouraged...

Mar 27, 2020

The people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach “beyond the possible” to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, by 2030. Hawaii...

Mar 27, 2020

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Transport has decided to begin checking exhaust emissions in motorcycles from next month on a test basis.

An MOU – signed between the department and the Institute of Transport Science and Technology and the Vietnam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers earlier this...

Mar 26, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – There is overwhelming evidence that the Asia-Pacific region needs to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and substantially reverse current negative trends, especially those which are depleting and degrading its environmental resources, according to a new report...

Mar 24, 2020

The marine heatwave of 2016 was one of longest and hottest thermal anomalies recorded on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, influencing multiple species of marine ectotherms, including coral reef fishes.

Mar 10, 2020

SINGAPORE, March 10, 2020 -- The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global not-for-profit organization with a bold vision to end plastic waste in the environment, announced five companies joining its membership ranks. The new members are Ampacet Corporation, Esenttia S.A., Honeywell UOP, INDEVCO sal., and Red Avenue...

Feb 15, 2020

The rejuvenated Yunnan Garden, a sprawling open space of greenery, waterscapes and heritage landmarks, will officially open at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) on 13 February 2020.

Feb 15, 2020

Plant corals and you get corals — and more. You get a plethora of marine life to boot. A team of researchers from the NUS Reef Ecology Lab discovered that their underwater nurseries, which provide coral fragments for transplantation in barren areas, have functions beyond propagation and rebuilding coral reefs....

Feb 15, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea -- The Seoul Global Challenge (hereinafter called "SGC") 2019-2020, hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and organized by Seoul Business Agency (SBA) aimed at finding innovative solutions to urban problems by inviting global innovators, culminated with the awards ceremony on the 6th,...

Feb 07, 2020

TOKYO - The Life Investigation Agency, (LIA), teaming with Australia’s Wildlife Rescuers, needs your help rescuing wild animals whose habitats have been destroyed by the bushfires in Australia.

The fires started in September last year and are still burning the forests in the state of New South Wales and...

Feb 06, 2020

Poppy cultivation in Myanmar registered an 11-per cent decline in 2019, while the acreage under the opium crop came down by 33,100 hectares over the previous year, the new Myanmar Opium Survey just released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) revealed.

According to the UNODC’s report 2019...

Feb 06, 2020

The ban on distributing free single-use plastic bags in shops, malls and convenience stores in Thailand put into force on January 1 this year has not only positive effects. Dozens of plastic bag manufacturers are now at risk of closing their businesses altogether if they get no support from the government,...