Asia-Pacific

August 21, 2006, 11am PDT
Rapid economic expansion has created rampant pollution in China, and officials are determined to clean it up in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Reuters via The New York Times
August 4, 2006, 5am PDT
Despite a still tenuous political situation, this war-battered region in the Northern Caucasuses of Russia is beginning to show signs of life.
National Public Radio
July 5, 2006, 11am PDT
Lured by billions of dollars in government investment, brand new research equipment and facilities, and the opportunity to conduct research unfettered by social politics, biotech researchers are increasingly setting up shop in Singapore.
Austin American-Statesman
June 26, 2006, 8am PDT
Coal mining in northern China is ravaging many of its villages. Mining goes on without regard to the environmental destruction it causes and the devastating effects on China's rural villages.
The New York Times
June 23, 2006, 12pm PDT
Deserts on each side are moving in on one of few agriculturally viable pieces of land in Northern China's Minqin county. Thousands have been displaced as sands engulf land and the food it once grew.
The New York Times via International Herald Tribune
May 30, 2006, 9am PDT
As Japan's population shrinks, the Japanese government bans the development of new shopping malls or amusement centers exceeding 108,000 s.f. in suburban areas to prevent the 'hollowing out' of urban centers.
Terra Daily
May 26, 2006, 12pm PDT
One of the world's largest lakes, shrinking for half a century, is making a dramatic comeback.
The Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2006, 7am PDT
The metro government has decided to restrict development around three historic buildings, in order to preserve views. Some developers object.
The Japan Times
April 28, 2006, 1pm PDT
Bryan Finoki tackles the spatial and socio-economic problems of shantytowns, focusing on recent tragedies in the Philippines. (Includes photos.)
Inhabitat
April 19, 2006, 8am PDT
What does it mean when Japan, the most hopeful follower of the Kyoto Protocol, "acts more American" and pollutes more than expected?
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 6, 2006, 9am PST
New legislation would more strictly enforce planning regulations governing public buildings and parks, regulations now often ignored by planners and developers.
February 28, 2006, 11am PST
Without a doubt, Shanghai has surpassed Tokyo in terms of urban energy, buzz, and style.
International Herald Tribune
February 27, 2006, 12pm PST
Development in Shanghai and Osaka over the past decade shows one region growing fast, the other stuck in the mud.
International Herald Tribune
February 25, 2006, 9am PST
Deforestration contributed to a landslide in the Phillipines that may have killed over 1000 people.
The New York Times
February 11, 2006, 5am PST
The scheme for Ho Chi Minh City is designed to alleviate overcrowding and other socioeconomic problems.
Viet Nam News
February 2, 2006, 6am PST
Elements of a new city council plan include an overall reduction in speed limit, a more streamlined tram system, and general opposition to increased road access for cars in the central business district.
The Age
January 27, 2006, 11am PST
A columnist confesses publicly that he is a heretic and that he 'loves suburbia.'
The Australian
January 22, 2006, 9am PST
Light rail may be the answer to the transportation crisis in Sydney, Australia, argues chief executive of City of Sydney council, Peter Seamer.
The Sydney Morning Herald
December 27, 2005, 7am PST
One year later, most survivors still do not have permanent shelter. Yet many have income again.
The Christian Science Monitor
December 20, 2005, 2pm PST
The Tsunami Memorial committee selects five designs for the memorial short list.
The Nation (Thailand)