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Cups, Straws, Spoons: India Starts on Single-use Plastic Ban
July 01, 2022

Cups, Straws, Spoons: India Starts on Single-use Plastic Ban

By Aniruddha Ghosal
As a first step, India has identified 19 plastic items that aren't very useful but have a high potential to become litter, including plastic cups, straws, and ice cream sticks.

Destruction Everywhere, Help Scarce After Afghanistan Quake
June 28, 2022

Destruction Everywhere, Help Scarce After Afghanistan Quake

By Ebrahim Noroozi and Rahim Faiez
In Afghanistan, those who were barely scraping by have lost everything to the recent earthquake.
Can Nuclear Energy Power South Korea’s Future?
June 25, 2022

Can Nuclear Energy Power South Korea’s Future?

By Eunwoo Lee
President Yoon wants nuclear energy to catapult South Korea to carbon neutrality and international prestige. But a rough road lies ahead.

‘They Own the Ocean’: Gwadar’s Struggle With Illegal Fishing
June 24, 2022

‘They Own the Ocean’: Gwadar’s Struggle With Illegal Fishing

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Illegal fishing off Balochistan’s coast continues despite years of legislation, public protests, and government promises, showing how difficult it can be to combat the “trawler mafia.”

Smuggling of Exotic and Endangered Species From Myanmar Increasing
June 22, 2022

Smuggling of Exotic and Endangered Species From Myanmar Increasing

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
Established routes used for trafficking drugs and gold from Myanmar into India are used to transport wildlife, say Indian government officials.

A Depleted River Scores a World Record Catch
June 21, 2022

A Depleted River Scores a World Record Catch

By Luke Hunt
Giant Mekong stingray weighs in at 300-kilograms – and helps solve a mystery.

How the US Can Help Strengthen Disaster Management in Southeast Asia
June 21, 2022

How the US Can Help Strengthen Disaster Management in Southeast Asia

By Meghan Sullivan
Bolstered U.S. support for disaster preparedness would align with Washington's broader objectives in the region.
Vietnam Imprisons Leading Environmentalist on Tax Evasion Charges
June 20, 2022

Vietnam Imprisons Leading Environmentalist on Tax Evasion Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
Nguy Thi Khanh, a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, is the latest climate change activist to be jailed on tax-related charges.

Japan Top Court: Government Not Responsible for Fukushima Disaster
June 17, 2022

Japan Top Court: Government Not Responsible for Fukushima Disaster

By Mari Yamaguchi
The four-judge bench said the government cannot be held liable because the damage from a massive tsunami that hit the plant could not have been prevented.

Mongolia’s ‘1 Billion Tree’ Movement
June 14, 2022

Mongolia’s ‘1 Billion Tree’ Movement

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The policy was launched to much fanfare, but can the participants follow through on their commitments?

Japan Looks to Alaska to Shore up Energy Supplies
June 09, 2022

Japan Looks to Alaska to Shore up Energy Supplies

By Mina Pollmann
The energy-rich U.S. state has attracted increased interest from Japan as Tokyo seeks to reduce imports of Russian oil and gas.
An Emerging Australia-Japan Hydrogen Supply Chain
June 02, 2022

An Emerging Australia-Japan Hydrogen Supply Chain

By Daisuke Akimoto
The outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine War reconfirmed Japan’s energy insecurity, but also highlighted the potential of Australia-Japan energy cooperation.

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