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'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Jun 12, 2014

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Many Southeast Asian countries are rolling out measures so people can make healthy choices before obesity turns into the full-blown epidemic seen in many Western countries. Obesity is a priority for Singapore’s government, said Zee Yoong Kang, chief executive of the city-state’s Health Promotion ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...

Jun 1, 2014

Aussie farmer loses GM test case

An Australian farmer who lost his organic produce license after his fields were contaminated by a neighbor’s genetically modified canola crop has failed to win his test case for losses. In a judgment that could influence how GM crops are grown in Australia, a ...

Tiny 'living fossil' found in N.Z. waters

May 30, 2014

Tiny 'living fossil' found in N.Z. waters

A microscopic marine creature believed to have been extinct for 4 million years has been found alive and well in New Zealand waters, researchers said Thursday. The animal, a tentacled polyp of the genus Protulophila, forms colonies inside sea worms and first appeared in ...

Jade Rabbit lunar rover catches chill

May 29, 2014

Jade Rabbit lunar rover catches chill

China’s troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover is still alive after more than five months on the moon but is heading for an icy death, state media reported Wednesday. The rover launched in December can still send data back to Earth, Xinhua News Agency cited ...

India admits New Delhi as polluted as Beijing

May 9, 2014

India admits New Delhi as polluted as Beijing

India’s state air monitoring center has admitted that pollution in New Delhi is comparable with Beijing, but it also disputed a WHO finding that the Indian capital has the dirtiest atmosphere in the world. A study of 1,600 cities across 91 countries released Wednesday ...

May 1, 2014

UNESCO decries waste dumped on Barrier Reef

UNESCO on Thursday condemned a decision to allow the dumping of dredge waste in Great Barrier Reef waters and recommended the Australian marine park be considered for inclusion on the World Heritage in Danger list. The decision in January to allow 3 million cu. ...

Philippine petroglyphs threatened

Apr 21, 2014

Philippine petroglyphs threatened

On a small rock wall a short drive from Manila, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the nation’s oldest ...

Apr 16, 2014

Beijing says pollution from outside

About a third of the air pollution in China’s smog-hit capital comes from outside the city, official media reported Wednesday, citing a watchdog body. Chen Tian, chief of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, said that about 28-36 percent of hazardous airborne particles known as ...

Apr 12, 2014

China and India face huge cancer burden: experts

China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems, experts said Friday. In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia’s big two emerging giants ...

U.K. scientists pan Tamiflu in debate over '09 pandemic cost

Apr 10, 2014

U.K. scientists pan Tamiflu in debate over '09 pandemic cost

British scientists say there isn’t enough evidence to prove the antiviral drug Tamiflu reduces the spread of flu. The findings published Thursday in the journal BMJ question whether governments worldwide were justified in spending millions on the drug during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. ...