Sustainable Asia X Heinrich Böll Stiftung: Clearing the Air: Asia’s fight against air pollution
From New Delhi to Bangkok to Seoul, Asia is facing the world’s most serious air pollution catastrophe. Experts say this poor air quality becomes fatal with the onset of heat waves and drought from climate change, but citizens are coming up with their own solutions to tackle the dirty air.
Voice of America: China, US Can Cooperate on Climate Issues Despite Tensions, Experts Say
Amid a recent flurry of meetings that brought together officials from the United States and China, along with other world leaders, experts say the two countries can work together on climate change despite lingering tensions.
Voice of America: Experts See Environmental Risk from China’s Small Island BRI Efforts
Investments under China’s Belt and Road Initiative can pose environmental risks to small island nations already vulnerable to harm from climate change, an expert told VOA in late November.
Voice of America: China’s Lockdown-led Carbon Emissions Drop Short-lived, Experts Say
The projected drop in carbon emissions in China because of its slowed economic growth due to pandemic lockdowns – shown in a report released at the recent COP27 – is likely short-lived, experts have told VOA.
Fair Planet: Can China decarbonize its dirty steel industry?
At COP27, various stakeholders deliberated on ways to accelerate the decarbonisation of the carbon-heavy steel industry. As the world’s largest steelmaker, will China be able to lead a net-zero transition of the industry?
Voice of America: China Says It Won't Pay Into Climate Fund for Developing Countries
China Wednesday said it would not pay into a climate loss and damage fund for developing nations, after small island nations cited its responsibility as a high carbon emitter at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Egypt, COP27.
Voice of America: Hong Kong's 'Shoebox' Residents Struggle Amid Sweltering Heat, Cramped Living Conditions
Just a harbor away from a cluster of skyscrapers, in the poorest district in Hong Kong, Szeto, a resident who declined to give his full name due to security concerns, struggles to endure the heat inside his shoebox apartment. The heat wins.
VICE: Hong Kong’s COVID Rules Are Screwing Over The Poor At Every Turn
With winter chill in the air and the threat of a resurgent pandemic keeping everyone home, Henry Cheung sank into an abandoned couch in the middle of a street in southern Kowloon, Hong Kong, and settled in for the night.
Financial Times: Young Taiwanese investors drive rapid growth of ETF market
Exchange traded funds in Taiwan have seen a dramatic surge in popularity over the past year, with one in four Taiwanese investors in their 20s now holding the investment products, data from the Taiwan Depository and Clearing Corporation show.
Euronews: How dancing and walking can light up a city
Two young men are at a nightclub in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Surrounded by fluorescent lights and party goers, they are deep in conversation on the middle of the dance floor. But the pair aren’t there to have fun - they’re watching the dancers intently, musing on how they can harness this manpower to create energy.
HKFP: The art of herping in Hong Kong
Hunting for a snake in the grass can be a rewarding experience, especially during Covid-19 curbs on conventional nightlife. Award-winning photographer Lawrence Hylton speaks to Chermaine Lee about the art of herping and showcases photos from his trips.
(Words: Chermaine Lee
Photos and captions: Lawrence Hylton)
Sustainable Asia: Protecting the Southern Ocean for China’s next generation
China’s interest in Antarctica’s rich fishing grounds has grown significantly over the past 20 years. A member of the international body governing use of these resources since 2007, the country is also involved in managing the Southern Ocean’s two existing marine protected areas (MPAs).
Thomson Reuters: Hong Kong lawmakers, following China, vote to ban ivory sales (reporting byline)
Lawmakers in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong voted on Wednesday to ban ivory sales in the world’s largest ivory retail market, a move wildlife activists hailed as vital towards halting the slaughter of elephants.
Thomson Reuters: HK court fines ivory trader $1,000 for illegal trading as China cracks down (reporting byline)
A Hong Kong court found an ivory trader guilty of illegal ivory possession and imposed a relatively light penalty of an HK$8,000 (753 pounds) fine on Tuesday, less than two weeks after China implemented a total ban on ivory sales.
Thomson Reuters: Homeless in Hong Kong: soaring costs fuel housing crisis in Asian financial hub (reporting byline)
Cheung Muk-gun’s home is an illegal, wooden shack under a highway in one of the poorest areas of Hong Kong, where sky-high property prices and a yawning wealth gap have helped fuel a surge in homelessness.