Tag: pollution

Two Singaporeans face charges over Pasir Gudang chemical pollution

Two Singaporean company directors will be facing charges for the illegal dumping of chemical waste in Pasir Gudang, southern Johor Bahru. Singaporeans, Wan Jing Chao (34) and Sim Wei Der (50), and Malaysian Yap Loke Liang (36) are company directors of a used tire processing...

S. Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution

South Korea will suspend up to a quarter of its coal-fired power plants in the next three months, even as demand for electricity peaks during the bitter winter, as it seeks to tackle air pollution, Seoul said Thursday. The world's 11th largest economy is struggling...

China says developed countries lack ‘political will’ on climate goals

Beijing on Wednesday accused developed countries including the US of doing too little to curb global warming, ahead of a UN summit discussing controversial issues including climate compensation. China is the world's second-largest economy and the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, but has repeatedly argued...

Delhi suffocates under toxic smog but millions go without masks

by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA A thick grey smog choked New Delhi for the fifth day Saturday, adding to a mounting pollution health crisis, but retired naval commander Anil Charan is one of the vast majority of the city's 20 million inhabitants who do not wear a...

Scores of Indian farmers arrested over polluting fires

More than 80 farmers have been arrested in northern India for starting fires that contributed to the recent pollution crisis in New Delhi and other cities, officials said Thursday. Each winter the post-harvest burning of crop stubble covers swaths of the region in toxic smog,...

Millions in Indian capital endure ‘eye-burning’ smog

by Glenda KWEK Millions of people in India's capital started the week Monday choking through "eye-burning" smog, with schools closed, cars taken off the road and construction halted. A poisonous haze envelops New Delhi every winter, caused by vehicle fumes, industrial emissions and smoke from agricultural burning...

GM, Toyota, Chrysler back Trump on auto emissions

Carmaking heavyweights General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler have backed President Donald Trump's efforts to ban California from maintaining its own stricter standards on car emissions, the auto giants have confirmed. The announcement is the latest salvo in a months-long battle over car pollution between...

Cough-Cough-Splutter-Splutter – Who Cares as long as We’re All Rich?

It’s that time of the year again when those of us in South-East Asia get to cough our lungs out and see things through teary vision. I am of course, talking about the annual haze season where much of peninsular South-East Asia gets covered...

Minister Masagos Zulkifli: No toxic chemicals in Singapore air and water

Singapore—Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Masagos Zulkifli says the Pasir Gudang pollution in Johor is not impacting Singapore's air and water. There have been anxieties regarding the potentially adverse effects of the pollution in Pasir Gudang on Singapore because of the proximity of...

Seek help from Singapore or the UN says M’sian environmental group

Johor Baru—Malaysia Nature Society, an environmental group, urges the government to seek foreign help to locate the root cause of the chemical pollution that has affected residents of Pasir Gudang in the past weeks. Vincent Chow, the vice president of the organisation, says pollution detectors did...