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Environment

  • Govt to develop 12 botanical gardens by 2019

    Up to 12 botanical gardens are set to be redeveloped by 2019, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has said.

  • Hundreds rally against Amdal for Benoa Bay reclamation

    Hundreds of people staged a rally on Friday against the issuance of an Environmental Impact Analysis (Amdal) on the Benoa Bay reclamation project.

  • Indonesia, US to develop ecotourism in Aceh, C. Kalimantan, Papua

    Ecotourism is set to be developed in Aceh, Central Kalimantan and Papua following a new partnership between Indonesia and the United States.

  • Greenpeace: Air in China 10 percent less polluted last year

    Average concentrations of air particulates in 189 Chinese cities fell by 10 percent in 2015, according to a new Greenpeace report, a sign that pollution overall was decreasing even as catastrophic levels of smog this winter in northern China effectively shut down schools and roads.

  • Star of dolphin-killing film detained at Tokyo airport

    The star of an Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove," about a dolphin-killing village in Japan, was detained Tuesday by immigration authorities at Tokyo's Narita international airport.

  • Natural caves lack ecotourism guidelines

    Home to hundreds of natural caves, Indonesia is a great destination for ecotourism lovers.

  • Study: Man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997

    The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed.

  • Rescuing Borneo's threatened orangutans

    In a dense strip of peat swamp jungle along the banks of Mangkutub River in the heart of Borneo, a conservationist aims his tranquilizer rifle at an orangutan high in a tree and fires two darts.

  • Wildlife Reserves Singapore report over 700 animal births

    Over 700 animals, ranging from across 150 different species, were born or hatched at Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) attractions, including Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo, last year.

  • Beijing to wipe out coal use by 2020

    The national environmental watchdog has declared that boosting efforts to cut air pollution in northern China, especially winter smog from the burning of coal, is a mission for this year.

  • Elephant population continues to shrink in Aceh

    The population of Sumatran elephants in Aceh has been decreasing amid the increasing conversion of forest areas into plantations and illegal logging, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia has announced.

  • Southwest China city tries to help make smog-free meat

    The environmental watchdog in Dazhou, Sichuan province, will provide more than 100 machines and equipment to allow residents to smoke meat in an enclosed environment without polluting the air.

  • Watchdog urges Beijing to be prompt in raising smog alarm

    The national environmental watchdog told the Beijing municipal government on Thursday that it could do better the next time it declared a smog alert.

  • How Baoding city in Hebei copes with month-long alert for smog

    On Christmas Eve, Liu Hao bought a larger-than-usual amount of stock for his roadside store, not because business is booming as New Year approaches, but as a result of license plate restrictions on the use of vehicles that mean he is only able to visit the warehouse on alternate weekdays.

  • Parents try to clear air for children at Beijing schools

    Hu Qingming, a Beijing resident whose daughter is a primary school pupil in the capital, collected 5,000 yuan ($770) with other parents to buy an air filter for their children's classroom.

  • Bicyclists have free rein as Milan bans private cars

    Bicyclists had free rein of Milan's streets Monday during a six-hour ban on private cars in a bid to alleviate persistent smog.

  • Alaska's Inuit link steady food supply to environment health

    Alaska Inuit hunter John Goodwin for decades has hunted oogruk, the bearded seal, a marine mammal prized for its meat, oil and hide.

  • Weather worsens seasonal air pollution in Italian cities

    Rome is limiting auto circulation, and other Italian cities have been offering free bus rides to encourage public transport use as the country battles seasonal air pollution that has been worsened this year by long spells of no rain and little wind.

  • After Beijing, Tianjin and four Hebei cities issue red alert

    Tianjin issued its first red alert for smog on Tuesday, following Beijing and some cities in Hebei province that had already raised the highest-level warning. It is the first time that jurisdictions in the three areas have taken this step.

  • Weird weather pattern turns winter upside-down across US

    A weather pattern partly linked with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel, bringing spring-like warmth to the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes in the South and so much snow across the West that even skiing slopes have been overwhelmed.