Environment

Greenhouse Gas Levels At New High

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, hit record highs last year and have continued climbing in 2020 despite measures to halt the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations (UN) said Monday.World Meteorological Organization (WMO) chief Petteri Taalas meanwhile welcomed several countries' vows to focus on climate-friendly technologies as they seek to revive their economies after the coronavirus crisis.Speaking to journalists, he also voiced optimism at United S

25 November 2020
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Child Brides In Philippines’ Bangsamoro

Not long ago, The ASEAN Post published an article titled, “Ending Child Marriage In The Philippines.” The article discusses about the new Girls Not Brides Act or Senate Bill No. 1373 that has recently been approved in the Philippines which criminalises child marriage between minors or between a minor and an adult.Under the bill, anyone who causes, fixes, facilitates or arranges a child marriage will be fined PHP40,000 (US$829) or suffer prison time for six years.

24 November 2020
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Satellite To Track Rising Seas

An Earth-observation satellite developed by European and United States (US) space agencies set to lift off Saturday will measure sea level rise, tracking changes threatening to disrupt tens of millions of lives within a generation.If all goes according to plan, the payload will be hoisted into a low-Earth 1,300-kilometre (800-mile) orbit by a Space X Falcon 9 rocket, with lift-off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 17:17 GMT.

22 November 2020
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Sexual Abuse Of Males

Rape, sexual abuse and harassment are typically seen as crimes committed against women. However, in recent years, some men and boys have come forward to admit that they have been victims of such violations as well. In 2019, the world was horrified when it heard of Reynhard Sinaga, an Indonesian student who lived in Manchester, United Kingdom – said to be the most prolific rapist in British history.

21 November 2020
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Children’s Hidden Struggles Amid The Pandemic

There have been historic gains overall for children around the world in the past few years as “more and more are living longer, better and healthier lives,” said Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) last year.A UNICEF 2019 report in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) cited some of the progress in child rights over the last three decades such as the decrease in the under-five mortality rate

20 November 2020
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Are Anti-Vaxxers Causing More Harm Than Good?

The coronavirus pandemic has introduced us to new norms of temperature checks, social distancing and mask wearing, among others. The virus has drastically changed our lives, severely impacting livelihoods and infecting more people each day. At the time of writing, over 56.5 million people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19.Some observers believe that until a viable vaccine is found, the new normal is likely to stay indefinitely.

19 November 2020
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Anxiety Mounts Over Vietnam's Food Staples

Vietnam's fragrant noodle soups and fresh spring rolls have won fans across the globe, but mounting food safety scandals on the country's streets are sparking a rising tide of anxiety among millennials about what they eat.Tran Huong Lan, a 32-year-old accountant, spent two nights in hospital the last time she ate "bun cha", Hanoi's signature pork noodles gobbled up by former United States (US) President Barack Obama and late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain on a visit

17 November 2020
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Most Overworked Cities In ASEAN

A recent index by Kisi, a cloud-based security developer titled, “Cities With the Best Work-Life Balance 2020,” ranks cities from around the world which offer the best work-life balance to their people by comparing data on work intensity, legislation and liveability.The index assesses each city’s overall work-life score based on measures such as the amount of time a person dedicates to their job including total working hours, percentage of the overworked population, commuting times a

16 November 2020
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Coronavirus Deepens Cambodia's Loan Crisis

Trapped under a mountain of crippling debt, Cambodian farmer Roeurn Reth fears she will have to sell her land to repay microfinance loans that have ballooned due to pandemic-spurred job losses in her family.What started as a US$3,000 sum from a loan shark for her son's wedding has now grown to about US$7,000, she says - the result of additional financial needs that have cropped up.Her sons - who crossed illegally into neighbouring Thailand - previously sent money home to help with repaym

16 November 2020
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Thousands Flee As Typhoon Vamco Nears Vietnam

Thousands of people fled their homes in Vietnam on Saturday as Typhoon Vamco barrelled towards central regions already pummelled by weeks of successive storms.Airports have been shut, beaches closed and a fishing ban put in place, as the country braces for winds of up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) per hour when the typhoon makes landfall on Sunday, likely close to Hue.Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in four central provinces, according to the disaster management author

15 November 2020
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Is Fashion Bad For The Environment?

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries globally, alongside oil and agriculture.The industry’s desire to be on-trend drives its business operations by reducing collection periods and accelerating inventory turns.

14 November 2020
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Deaths In Typhoon-Hit Philippines Rises To 27

The death toll in typhoon-battered Philippines has risen to at least 27, official figures showed Friday, after some of the worst flooding in years swamped villages and forced thousands to flee their homes.Torrential rain dumped by Typhoon Vamco – the third powerful storm to hit the country in as many weeks – inundated low-lying areas of Manila and surrounding provinces, trapping people on rooftops and balconies.As floodwaters receded and residents began to return home, the scale of the destru

14 November 2020
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