RedskyNews Category: Asia

A thirsty planet looks for solutions to water shortage

PARIS (AFP) – A world without fresh water would be a world bereft of humans, and yet one in five people lacks regular access to this most basic of life-sustaining substances. By 2025, fully a third of the planet’s growing

Poisonous algae bloom threatens giant Chinese lake

A pollution-linked algae bloom has reappeared in China’s third-largest lake, prompting renewed fears for the drinking water supplies of millions of residents, state press said Tuesday. Taihu Lake in eastern China has seen a re-emergence of algae growth that last

China has become the world’s worst polluter

China is now the world’s biggest carbon emitter ahead of the US, a soon-to-be-published report says. Report courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk

China drought leaves 670,000 without drinking water

BEIJING, April 13 (Reuters) – A drought in China’s northeast Liaoning province has left nearly 700,000 people without drinking water after rainfall in the first three months of 2008 tumbled to one-fifth levels last year, the Xinhua agency said on

Indonesia’s thirsty capital is sinking as sea levels rise

Separated by a road and a viscous finger of black, garbage-choked water, the stilt-house slum of Muara Baru and the BMW car dealership that faces it appear as if from different worlds. But on December 6, 2025, these two extremes

Drought Ridden Farmers Commit Suicide in India

LUCKNOW, India — Authorities in northern India have banned the sale of a cheap variety of hair dye after debt-ridden farmers were found to be drinking it to end their lives, an official said Friday. At least 11 farmers have

South China Sea headed for troubled waters: marine experts

HANOI (AFP) – Polluted, crossed by busy shipping lanes, and disputed by many countries, the South China Sea has taken an environmental battering that threatens future food supplies, marine scientists have warned. In a decade the sea — at the

Warmer seas spell disaster for oceans

HANOI (AFP) – The future food security of millions of people is at risk because over-fishing, climate change and pollution are inflicting massive damage on the world’s oceans, marine scientists warned this week. The two-thirds of the planet covered by

Yangtze river drought crisis

Report courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk

Climate events could reduce USA and China to third world status in less than 10 years

In the recent documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, Senator Al Gore pointed out that the Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than anyone ever expected. More than this, once it has gone sea levels could rise by up to twenty feet.

Seafood alert as red tide hits China

A huge toxic “red tide” has spread out across the waters off southern China, contaminating seafood and posing a health risk for swimmers, state media reported Thursday. The algae bloom, which sucks the oxygen out of the water and kills

China Says 10% Of Farming Land Contaminated

Over 10 percent of China’s farm land is contaminated, threatening the ability of the world’s most populous nation to feed itself, the official Xinhua news agency has said. Excessive fertilizer use, dirty water and solid waste were among the main

Blood rain falls on India

Red rain in India was a phenomenon observed sporadically from 25 July to 23 September 2001 in the southern state of Kerala. Heavy downpours occurred in which the rain was primarily red, staining clothes and appearing like blood. The colouration

Siberian peat bog unleashes giant methane cloud

The thawing of the world’s largest peat bog will release billions of tons of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and scientists believe little can be done to stop it. The landscape is rapidly changing in a huge expanse of western

China blames Global Warming for growing water shortages

China suffers a water shortage of nearly 40 billion cubic metres a year which Water Resources Minister Chen Lei blamed largely on global warming, state media have reported. “The changes have led to a combination of both frequent drought and

Pollution Turns China River Blood Red

Industrial discharge and household wastewater have polluted a northern Chinese river so badly that the water is dark red in some sections and has caused chronic illnesses among villagers. Some of the 50,000 villagers living along polluted stretches of the