Stories about Environment from April, 2014
Bektau-Ata, Kazakhstan's “Kingdom of Unearthly Beauty”
A group of Kazakhstani bloggers recently returned from a trip to Bektau-Ata mountain tract which has been described as “a kingdom of unearthly beauty, full of grandeur and freedom”. One of the bloggers has posted a video depicting the breathtaking scenery of Bektau-Ata: Detailed photo reports from the trip can be seen...
China's Revised Environmental Law Toughens Penalties Against Polluters
The new law lends more power to environmental agencies to use punitive powers to rein in powerful polluters and does away with caps on pollution fines.
Myths and Environment
On a short post, Panamanian website Avarana notes [es] “We have to save the Earth” and reflects on what each of us has to do to preserve our environment: We have to save the Earth. Frankly, the Earth doesn't need to be saved. Nature could not care less if human...
Trinidad & Tobago: Green Business
ICT Pulse puts forward six suggestions to make offices greener.
Call to Stop Construction to Protect the Leopard Cats in Taiwan
Leopard cat is listed as a vulnerable species [zh] in Taiwan. Since the big cats live in the forests and jungles in both plains and in hilly areas and their home range is very broad, their habitats in Taiwan are easily disturbed by new construction projects. The Taiwanese environmental evaluation...
A Peek at Hong Kong's Collaborative Sharing Economy
Different initiatives in Hong Kong connect people with others to help fix household items, give away unwanted goods and borrow a book.
East Timorese Protect Land Rights Against Australian Cement Plant Deal
The announcement of a new cement plant project by an Australian company in Baucau, northeast of East Timor, has led local community groups to set up a non-governmental organization “to protect and preserve the communities’ rights to their culture, development and traditional land rights.” According to the community organization, Kapeliwa, the government...
Will there be a Popular Consultation for Yasuní?
(All links are in Spanish, otherwise noted as [en] for English) Following the president's decision last year to exploit the oil fields in Parque Nacional Yasuní [en] [Yasuní National Park] an oppositional movement began and became quickly organized. It started carrying out marches for collecting signatures in order to hold a popular consultation regarding...
Turning Faecal Waste Into Business Opportunities
Clean Team Ghana organised a Twitter chat using the hashtag #WasteOpportunities to discuss the business potential of faecal waste.
In Bangladesh, Cycling to Break Free of Dhaka's Notorious Traffic
Dhaka is one of the most unlivable cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, and its extreme traffic congestion contributes a lot to this fame.
How Online Discussions on Whaling Get Twisted in Japan
The International Court of Justice ruled against Japan's Southern Ocean whale hunt. Online conversation is often dominated by those fervently defending the custom of whaling.
Chinese Court Rejects Lawsuit Over Lanzhou Water Pollution
Tap water in Lanzhou was found to have benzene levels 20 times the national safety limit.
Kuntur: A New Birdwatching App Launched in Colombia
Kuntur, a new android app, promises to make birdwatching easier for both experienced and amateur birders in Colombia.
20-40% of Water Sector Finances Are Lost to Corruption in Africa
Mustapha Sesay, West Africa Water Integrity Ambassador wrote about corruption in the water sector on the West Africa WASH Journalists Network : The issue of accessing pure and affordable water is a fundamental human right but this is not given the much needed attention. Corruption in the water sector is ripe...
Residents Rescue Two Baby Otters in Taiwan
Two baby Eurasian otters were found on the island of Kinmen after their nest was destroyed by construction work.
5 Fascinating Facts About the Leatherback Turtle
Nesting season is here. Learn a few facts about this sea turtle, which returns to the beaches of Puerto Rico each year to lay its eggs.
Chinese State Media Downplays Protests Against PX Chemical Plant
About 1,000 Maoming residents rallied against the project over environmental and health concerns. Clashes reportedly left some injured, with rumors that some people were even killed.
Chasing Bangladesh's Extreme Weather
The Great Bangladesh Weather Expedition aims to study the severe weather there, including flooding, tornadoes and drought.
Coming Soon! Rising Voices Microgrants for Amazon Communities
Rising Voices will be launching a microgrant competition next month for digital citizen media projects in the Amazon region which is home to many indigenous communities. Thanks to Avina Americas, Fundación Avina, and the Skoll Foundation, we'll be offering this support with ongoing mentorship from the Global Voices community. Read...
Singapore Poster Campaign Wants Public To Feel Guilty About Meat Consumption
A Singapore poster campaign in a busy train station wants the public to think twice about meat consumption.
Environmental Emergency: Drought Kills Thousands of Animals in Colombia
More than 20 000 animals are reportedly dead due to the drought in Casanare, Colombia. Citizens and activists are using social networks to attract attention to this environmental emergency.