US coal exports up 61% last year

Coal exports to Asia more than doubled compared to 2016

Insurance scheme to protect poor from climate risks

A new insurance scheme to help poor people in Asia and Africa deal with the challenges arising from climate disasters has been launched. It is expected to meet nearly 1% of the ambitious goal of the G7 countries to increase access for around 400 million uninsured people in developing nations to insurance products. The African […]

China to lead growth in global natural gas use

The use of natural gas is expected to grow to 485 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) by 2040, primarily in Asia and the Middle East. That’s an increase from 340Bcf/d in 2015, according to latest projections from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). China is forecast to account for more than a quarter of […]

Asia leads nuclear with 80% of new plants last year

Asia is leading the way in nuclear energy, building eight of the 10 plants put into place around the world last year. That’s according to a new report from the World Nuclear Association (WNA), which shows 10 reactors being brought online in 2016 more than doubled the annual average for the previous 25 years. Nuclear […]

Asia’s largest turbines installed in Thailand

The tallest turbines in Asia have been installed at a wind farm in Thailand. The Sarahnlom wind farm in the Nahkon Ratchasima province in central Thailand consists of 33 turbines, with a total capacity of 67.5MW. According to Siemens Gamesa, the turbines are equipped with 153-metre tall towers and 56-metre blades, reaching a total height […]

Global flood losses ‘could hit $52bn a year by 2050’

If climate change continues unabated, global flood losses are expected to increase to $52 billion (£39.9bn) per year by 2050 from $6 billion (£4.6bn) in 2005. This flooding will have particularly devastating consequences for much of Asia and the Pacific. That’s according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), which project a six […]

Car component suppliers fined €155m over four cartel cases

Six companies that supply air conditioning and engine cooling components to car manufacturers in the European Economic Area (EEA) have been fined for their involvement in one or more of four cartels. Germany’s Behr, Japan’s Calsonic, Denso, Panasonic and Sanden and France’s Valeo agreed to settle the case with the European Commission with a fine […]

Calls to cancel killer coal in Asia to save 50k lives

Cancelling new coal plants in Asia could save 50,000 lives a year. According to new research from the University of Harvard and Greenpeace, the death toll from coal pollutants could rise from the current annual figure of 20,000 to 70,000 by 2030 if plants being planned or built in South East Asia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan go […]

East Asia ‘leads nuclear renaissance’

Nine of the 10 nuclear reactors that came online in 2015 were situated in East Asia. That’s the most reactors put into place globally than any other time in the last 25 years, according to a new report from the World Nuclear Association (WNA). Eight were built in China and one in South Korea. The […]

New €7m fund for climate-resilient projects in Southeast Asia

Funding worth €7 million (£6m) is being provided to help the Southeast Asian region develop climate-resilient projects. The money from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) will be part of a newly established multi-donor trust fund administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It will support the region’s works to strengthen climate adaptation and mitigation and […]