At the Shanghai vigil, the bold cry for change preceded the crackdown

SHANGHAI (AP) — Mourners in Shanghai lit candles and laid flowers. “Urumqi, 11.24, rest in peace” was written in red on the cardboard – a reference to the deadly apartment fire in the western Chinese city of Urumqi. That sparked outrage over perceptions that the country’s strict coronavirus measures played a role in the disaster. … Read more

Pacific islands are struggling to survive before rising sea levels engulf them

Although they contribute less than 0.03% of the world’s total carbon emissions, the Pacific Islands are on the front line of the climate crisis. Entire countries could go under water in the next two to three decades. How do these island nations fight for their survival? The country is more than its land. A country … Read more

The rise of China casts a shadow over Hong Kong’s crowded wetlands | Environmental news

Hong Kong, China – Barry Ma stares through the lens of his high-powered telescope and raises his arm as he nods in excitement. “over here!” he says in an undertone. “look here.” Ma spotted a pair of tiny grebes — a bird that looks like a duck, but of an unrelated species — swimming in … Read more

Maldives Minister: Negotiators reach agreement on climate fund

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) – Negotiators said they have reached a potential breakthrough deal on the thorny issue of United Nations climate talks, creating a fund to compensate poor countries suffering from extreme weather conditions exacerbated by rich countries’ carbon pollution. . “There is an agreement on loss and damage,” Maldivian environment minister Aminath … Read more

Asia-Pacific leaders condemn the war and renew calls for open trade

BANGKOK (AP) — Leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region have called for an end to Russia’s war on Ukraine They pledged to steer the region’s economies towards sustainable growth as the summit meetings conclude on Saturday. Host Thailand got a diplomatic coup in managing divisions among the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum … Read more

The European Union rocks climate talks with a surprise offer of disaster financing

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) – Climate talks appeared to be stalled late Thursday night on key issues that will wind down in the final day, but prospects for a deal were boosted by an unexpected proposal from the European Union on two of its thorniest issues, linked compensation. to climate disasters to more stringent … Read more

China eases some quarantines for travelers even as cases rise

BEIJING (AFP) – Travelers arriving in China will spend less time in quarantine under changes to comprehensive anti-virus controls announced Friday to curb disruptions to the economy and society. The announcement came as an increase in COVID-19 cases prompted Beijing to close parks and impose other restrictions. The country reported 10,729 new cases, and more … Read more

Hong Kong lifts US sanctions on Russian-owned luxury yacht

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong leader John Lee said on Tuesday he would only implement United Nations sanctions, after the United States warned that the territory’s status as a financial center could be affected if it served as a safe haven for sanctioned individuals. Lee’s statement on Tuesday came days after a luxury yacht … Read more

North Korea fires more missiles as US redeploys aircraft carrier

Seoul, South Korea (AFP) – North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters Thursday after the United States redeployed an aircraft carrier near the Korean peninsula in response to Pyongyang’s earlier launch of a nuclear-capable missile over Japan. The latest missile launches indicate that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is determined … Read more