Showing posts with label Asia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asia. Show all posts

Saturday, August 01, 2015

World’s Widest Suspension Bridge Being Built Over Bosphorus

A new bridge, the widest in the world, being constructed over the Bosphorus Strait, will provide another transportation route connecting Europe and Asia.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Turkey well placed to serve as oil and gas hub (US)

Turkey is well placed and an increasingly significant hub for oil and natural gas transits from the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia to Europe and the Atlantic, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

UN agency reports world food prices declining to six-year low

UN,  4 June 2015 – The prices of major food commodities continued their downward trajectory through May as cereal prices dropped amid an increasingly favourable forecast for this year's harvests, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) confirmed today.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Istanbul underwater tunnel approaching its ‘last meters’

An underground road tunnel under the mouth of the Bosphorus is meters from being completed, according to officials and project managers.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chinese ambassador voices support for investments in Piraeus port

Chinese Ambassador to Greece Zou Xiaoli on Friday reiterated the support of the Chinese government to investments in Piraeus port and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation in the future.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Major El Niño event to hit SE Asia and Australia

Australian climate scientists have reportedly confirmed that a major El Niño event, which will lift global temperatures and lead to lower rainfall, is set to hit south-east Asia and Australia.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Turkey to build giant undersea tunnel linking Asia and Europe. The tunnel will consist of two highways and a railway

Turkey announced here on Friday its plans to build a giant undersea three-floor tunnel that will pass through the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.

"Istanbul is a city which shapes history and deserves the best, including mega-projects" Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, while presenting the new project in an event organized by the Ministry of Transportation.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Natural disasters in Asia and Pacific impact some 80 million people, new UN study shows

 UN, 25 February 2015 – When leaders and decision makers from across Asia and the Pacific gather next month in Japan to discuss how to reduce disaster risks, their top priority will be to build resilience in a region that saw some 80 million people affected and nearly $60 billion in economic losses incurred by natural disasters last year.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Severe flooding hits southeast Asia (Malaysia and Thailand among countries affected)


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Severe flooding has killed 13 people and left at least 180,000 displaced in Malaysia and neighbouring Thailand, officials said.

In Malaysia, rescue teams on Saturday were struggling to reach inundated areas in the northeast as victims accused the government of being slow to provide aid and assistance after the country's worst flooding in decades.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Asia Marks 10th Anniversary of Tsunami

Beach side memorials, moments of silence, and religious services are planned across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed at least 220,000 people in 2004.

The gigantic wave stuck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim. It destroyed entire coastal communities, wiped out families and crashed over tourist-filled beaches the morning after Christmas.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

UN initiative strengthens drought monitoring and early warning in Asia-Pacific

UN, 1 July 2014 – Although drought is a “silent killer” in Asia and the Pacific, access to scientific information and knowledge remain a challenge for many countries in the region, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today at a milestone forum on drought monitoring and early warning.
“Over the past three decades, it is estimated that droughts in the region have affected more than 1.3 billion people and caused damages of over $53 billion,” Shamika Sirimanne, Director of ESCAP’s Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, said today in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Gazprom to sign monumental gas deal with China

Russia and China are set to sign a long-awaited 30-year gas contract during a two-day meeting, when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Shanghai on May 20-21.
Gazprom, Russia’s largest natural gas producer, and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) are set to sign a gas deal that will send 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year eastward to China’s burgeoning economy, starting in 2018.
The timing is almost flawless as Russia is looking to shield itself from Western sanctions by pivoting towards Asia, and China desperately needs to switch from dirty coal to more environmentally friendly natural gas.

Friday, February 14, 2014

More than 40 countries sign declaration on fighting with illegal trade in wildlife

LONDON, February 14, (ITAR-TASS/. Officials from 46 countries, including Russia, on Thursday signed an intergovernmental declaration on fighting with illegal trade in wildlife.
The Russian delegation to the conference at Lancaster House where the declaration was signed was led by Natural Resources Minister Vladimir Kirillov.
The document outlines the practical steps towards curbing the illegal trade in wild animals and wildlife artifacts, including rhino horns and elephant tusks. It envisions amendments in the national legislations of signatory countries that will toughen the punishment for poachers, step up cross-border coordination and improve information exchange.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

VIDEO. "Envoyé spécial" : vêtements toxiques, la rançon du "made in Bangladesh".


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Près de 70% des habits que nous achetons en France sont fabriqués en Asie. De la teinture aux fixateurs et imperméabilisants, le magazine de France 2 "Envoyé spécial" diffuse, jeudi 19 septembre à 20h45, une enquête sur les produits chimiques utilisés pour les confectionner.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Norway overtakes Russia as Europe’s biggest gas supplier

Russia lost its position as the main supplier of gas to EU last year as Gazprom exports fell by 10% knocked down by coal and high prices.
High gas prices in the EU coupled with cheap coal from the US, have made coal a more attractive fuel for power stations, according a new energy report from BP. On average, generating power in Europe is 45% cheaper with coal than with gas, BP chief economist Christof  Rühl explains in the report. That’s why Europe did not compete for liquid natural gas (LNG) and its imports to Europe fell by 25%. EU imports from Gazprom also dropped by 10%, as Russia’s gas prices are tied to oil prices and therefore remained high, BP’s economist said.  Norway’s gas pricing is not pegged to oil and are therefore lower. Imports from Norway rose 12%, and 2012 became the first year when Norway sold more gas to the EU than Russia, Rühl said.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Asia to get more Russian ESPO crude as second pipeline opened

Transneft has launched the second branch of the East Siberia - Pacific Ocean (ESPO-2) pipeline which could increase the chances of ESPO blend crude becoming a new benchmark blend.
With the ESPO branch open the capacity of the pipeline network stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific Ocean will double to 30mn tonnes. Total exports are expected to reach 36mn tonnes in 2013.
The project “will seriously broaden the infrastructural potential of Russia's Far Eastern regions,” according to Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking during a TV link-up.
ESPO will ship oil to Japan, China, the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan, he said.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Gazprom gets a boost from Asia as EU sales decline | EurActiv

Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom reported sales declines in Europe and its home market, showing the importance of its strategy to expand into Asia.
Gazprom's sales of gas to Europe and other countries fell 0.5% to 416 billion roubles (€10.2 billion) in the first six months of the year, while sales to Russia fell 10% to 120 billion roubles (€3 billion), according to the company's second-quarter results on Friday.

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