Environment

Thailand to up controls on paraquat, other farm chemicals

May 23, 2018

The Thai government has tightened restrictions on use of the weed killer paraquat amid mounting concerns over health risks, especially for farmers

Toyota chief hopes to help Japan automakers keep tech edge

May 18, 2018

Toyota Motor Corp. chief Akio Toyoda, tapped to head the Japanese auto industry association, is promising to lead a push among manufacturers to keep a competitive edge in emerging technologies like zero-emission and autonomous driving

Study says China-backed dam in Cambodia would destroy Mekong

May 18, 2018

A study says a Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River's biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway

Japan draft plan sets ambitious targets for nuclear energy

May 16, 2018

Japan draft plan sets ambitious targets for nuclear energy despite challenges after Fukushima disaster

Greenpeace: Paper giant cut forests during conservation pact

May 16, 2018

Greenpeace has ended a five-year truce with one of the world's largest pulp and paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating on conservation

Alleged wildlife smuggling kingpin jailed in Thailand

May 11, 2018

An anti-trafficking group says a court in Thailand has sentenced a Thai man believed to be a kingpin in the illicit wildlife trade to 2 ½ years in prison for smuggling rhinoceros horns

China monthly car sales pick up in April; EV sales double

May 11, 2018

Chinese car sales rise 11 percent in April as growth in world's biggest auto market picks up steam

Toyota reports improved quarterly profit despite incentives

May 9, 2018

Toyota Motor Corp. is reporting its quarterly profit rose 21 percent as cost cuts and growing sales in some markets offset the damage from higher U.S. incentives

Scientists say Chinese-backed dam risks orangutan habitat

May 4, 2018

Scientists are calling for cancellation of a Chinese-backed hydro dam in Indonesia which threatens the habitat of a newly discovered orangutan species numbering only 800 animals

Singapore euthanizes 27-year-old polar bear born in tropics

Apr 25, 2018

Inuka, the world's first polar bear born in the tropics, has been euthanized by the Singapore Zoo

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