Traditions of keeping caged birds and Chinese gourmands drive demand for threatened species, while lax law enforcement hampers consrevation efforts.
The first Russian LNG tankers forge Northern Sea Route.
Experts cast doubts on first-half GDP claims.
Consumption for power production grows at double-digit rate.
Demand from wealthy Chinese for tiger bones, teeth and pelts drive a robust underground trade.
A new supervisory agency cites "severely fabricated" economic figures, raising doubts about GDP claims.
Regulators consider new version of oil and gas restructuring.