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Why the World Should Help Mongolia Save Its Endangered Gobi Bear

The Mongolian Gobi Bear is one of the world's most endangered animal species. (Carlos Alperin/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HruroJQijkY)
Sustainability

From Mongolia, a plea for the world community to join forces with the Mongolian government to save a unique, magnificent animal on the brink of extinction.

Expert: New Report Shows Climate Change Actually a 'Regressive Tax' On World's Poor

A Bangladeshi woman stands outside her house in Gabura, in southern Bangladesh, after Cyclone Aila devastated the area on May 26, 2009. Low-lying southwest Bangladesh is on the frontline of the battle to adapt to climate change. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

Asia Society Associate Fellow Junjie Zhang says a new climate vulnerability report supports the notion that climate change will hit the poorest communities the hardest.

Video: Reframe Climate Change Debate, Says Simran Sethi, and Bridge the Divide

Simran Sethi at TEDxCibeles.
Sustainability

Climate change, one of most pressing global problems of our time, has been reduced to a punch line — right when high temperatures, reduced rainfall, and drought have pushed the cost of maize and soybeans to record highs.

Watch: A Climate Change Photo Exhibit Atop Mount Everest [Interview]

David Breashears: Ice Gallery, Main Rongbuk Glacier, Mount Everest, 2011. (GlacierWorks)
Sustainability

Mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears treks up Mount Everest to display photographs of coal mining and melting glaciers at 17,723 feet.

Beijing-Copenhagen Partnership Is Good News for the People's Republic of Cycling

Beijing street scene on April 6, 2012. (iamuday/Flickr)
Sustainability

How a grassroots urban movement and a sister-city agreement with Denmark may make bicycling hip again in China's big cities.

Table for Two: How Japan is Eating Healthy to Help Children in Africa Eat Enough

Table for Two hopes that its meals will help you say
Sustainability

A Japanese NGO helps diners in the developed world eat less so that schoolchildren in Africa eat enough. The organization's American co-president explains how it all got started, and the differences between running an NGO in Japan and the United States.

Video: Animated Explanation of Thailand Floods Goes Viral

A still image from Tagwatchai Saengthamchai's
Sustainability

Flooding your mind with information to combat the flood in your area will only lead to confusion and panic, advises a cartoon series created by Thai animators in order to explain the flood situation in Bangkok and surrounding areas. The videos have gone viral on the Internet, with more 900,0000 views to date.

Created by animator Tagwatchai Saengthamchai in conjunction with Thai PBS and support from flood experts, the videos use appealing animated blue whale characters to explain the flood situation in Thailand, in a simple and easy-to-understand manner.

'Coal + Ice' Exhibition Opens in Beijing

Yang Junpo, <i>Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China</i>, 1996.
Sustainability

Today's New York Times devotes extensive coverage to Coal + Ice, a new photography exhibition that opened last weekend at the Three Shadows gallery in Beijing.

Facing Limited Economic Options, Laos Turns to Dams

Pha That Luang monument, Laos. (Johan Kharabi)
Sustainability

Laos recently announced that it would like to begin construction on the $3.8 billion Thai-financed Xayaburi hydropower plant on the Mekong River by the end of this year. This is following a change in the design made to quell protests from neighboring countries. How can countries in Asia work together to ensure that major projects like this one do not do irreparable damage to river systems in the region? What is the best forum for cooperation?

Freshwater as a Dwindling Resource

Zipingpu Dam, upriver from the town of Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China.
Sustainability

Laos recently announced that it would like to begin construction on the $3.8 billion Thai-financed Xayaburi hydropower plant on the Mekong River by the end of this year. This is following a change in the design made to quell protests from neighboring countries. How can countries in Asia work together to ensure that major projects like this one do not do irreparable damage to river systems in the region? What is the best forum for cooperation?