Climate change refugees imperil Vietnam’s growth

International Monetary Fund estimates higher global temperatures, rising sea levels and climate-caused migration could cut growth by 10% by 2021 By Alan Boyd Climate change refugees are streaming out of Vietnam’s vital Mekong Delta agricultural region amid warnings of deep economic losses unless the government steps up its commitment to environmental sustainability. The International Monetary … Continue reading Climate change refugees imperil Vietnam’s growth

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Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

In the city of Kampot in southern Cambodia, the extraction of sand from an estuary on the Praek Tuek Chhu river is increasing and sand extraction is so common in Asia currently that the continent may deplete all of its sand in the not-too-distant future.   A 2016 investigation revealed that Singapore imported some $752 … Continue reading Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

Australia boasts world’s biggest battery

South Australia has a big new battery—the world’s largest—and it's already helping boost grid reliability as the Southern Hemisphere's summer begins. Tesla has bragging rights. The company installed 100 megawatts (MW) in under 100 days, just as CEO Elon Musk promised with his or-else-it’s-free flourish. More important, perhaps, the storage industry has a shiny new … Continue reading Australia boasts world’s biggest battery

Russia Claims To Have Invented Alternative To Fracking

By Tsvetana Paraskova - Aug 17, 2017 Russian scientists and local oil field services companies claim to have created a technology for thermochemical gas fracturing that could be an alternative to hydraulic fracturing and could increase oil production by between 1.7 and 6 times, Russia’s news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing the University of Tyumen’s press service. In … Continue reading Russia Claims To Have Invented Alternative To Fracking

Russian Nuclear Giant Rosatom on the Front Lines of Moscow’s Arctic Expansion

Recently, officials from over a dozen countries gathered in Arkhangelsk, Russia for the international forum 'The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue'. Among the forum's senior participants was Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom. Officials from the company and from the government previewed Rosatom's role in the new wave of intensive Arctic development Speaking at the forum, Rosatom CEO … Continue reading Russian Nuclear Giant Rosatom on the Front Lines of Moscow’s Arctic Expansion