Green Leaf calls for higher standards

September 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Environment, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 September 2012: The Green Leaf Foundation has asked hoteliers to adopt stronger measures on employee healthas well as raising the bar on food and beverage quality.

Those were the conclusions of an association seminar “Smoke Free Hotel Hero” that introduced the benefits of joining the Green Leaf programme for hoteliers.

“This is the first easy step for hotels that want to join our green leaf standard,” said Green Leaf Foundation vice president, Jiraphon Sintunawa.

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Vang Vieng heads down river

BANGKOK, 2 July 2012: Lao officials say they are tackling problems related to drug abuse and security that threaten the future of Vang Vieng a small riverside town on the road to Luang Prabang.

Once praised for its clean environment and laid-back lifestyle, the town is now depicted as a cultural slum where drug and drink abuse threaten its long-term future.

Vang Vieng is located on the Nam Xong River and surrounded by limestone karsts and should be famous for its rafting, treks and its clean environment.

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Australia introduces carbon tax

July 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Environment, Government, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 2 July 2012: Australia on Sunday introduced a controversial carbon tax in a bid to tackle climate change, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard hailing the move amid opposition warnings it will stifle industry.

The tax on corporate pollution, which drew thousands of protesters on to the streets of Sydney on Sunday, will mean some 350 entities will be liable to pay A$23 (US$23.5) for every tonne of carbon emissions they produce.

It comes into effect on the same day as an equally contentious levy on mining profits, the hard-fought Minerals Resource Rent Tax on iron ore and coal, which helped topple former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

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China says developed nations must lead

June 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Environment, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 18 June 2012: China said Monday wealthy countries should take the lead in tackling climate change, repeating its long-held stance ahead of a global UN summit on poverty and the environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Premier Wen Jiabao will outline China’s approach when he addresses the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio this week, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng told reporters at a briefing in Beijing.

“The development of the green economy will be a long-term and daunting task, we believe the international community should strengthen cooperation in this area and avoid shortcomings,” said Xie.

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