Mount Agung’s eruption: Of cancelled flights and climate change

According to the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), a pinkish plume was seen over Mount Agung in Bali early on Monday morning.The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency of Indonesia, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho shared a photograph on Twitter of the plume rising form the volcano in Bali.
13 December 2017

Sanofi urges Philippines to lift dengue vaccine suspension

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi on Monday urged the Philippines to lift the suspension of its anti-dengue vaccine, insisting it was safe, but the government accused the firm of "dishonesty". Sales of Dengvaxia and a landmark public immunisation programme using the vaccine were suspended by the Philippines this month after Sanofi warned it could lead to "severe" symptoms for people who had not
12 December 2017

Indonesian president recognises land rights of 9 more indigenous groups

The Indonesian government has relinquished control over nine tracts of forest to the indigenous communities that have lived there for generations, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced at a recent conference on land tenure in Jakarta.The move follows the government’s recognition last December of nine other communities’ rights to their ancestral forests, in line with a 2013 decision by Indonesia
9 December 2017

Indonesia’s deforestation is driving Sumatran tigers to extinction

The "Panthera tigris sumatrae" better known as the Sumatran tiger has been driven to the brink of extinction by a combination of factors. Since the 1980s, it has been suffering a severe loss of habitat due factors such as the continuous cultivation and harvesting of palm oil and timber estates as well as wildlife trafficking.
7 December 2017

Philippines a global hotspot for environmental murders

Environmental activists are being killed in record numbers around the world, with the corruption-plagued Philippines one of the most dangerous countries, according to watchdog Global Witness. At least 200 community activists, NGO workers and other civilians on the frontlines of protecting the environment were reported murdered worldwide last year, the highest on record, the group said. In the P
6 December 2017

The resurgence of scarlet fever in the region

After years and years of decline, scarlet fever, the disease that once struck fear into the hearts of parents is once again hitting United Kingdom and some parts in Asia and in Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam.Scarlet fever, a common cause of childhood death in the 1800s and early 1900s, has seen an upsurge in England since 2011, scientists said last Tuesday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases,
4 December 2017

Philippines suspends world-first dengue vaccine

The Philippines said Friday it had suspended use of a landmark vaccine for the potentially deadly dengue virus after its manufacturer warned it could worsen the disease in some cases.French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi announced Wednesday that its world-first dengue vaccine could lead to more severe symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.The Philippines has vaccinated more than 73
1 December 2017

Singapore’s commitment to climate change in 2018

Climate change refers to the human-induced warming of the Earth, due to deforestation and the excessive consumption of resources that result in the production of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Though there are a number of human activities that can cause climate change, urbanisation and development is the largest driving factor in this era of modernisation, digitalisation and fast-paced culture.
1 December 2017

Newest species of Orangutan is threatened by habitat loss

The Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) that was officially announced by an international team of scientists early this month – is already an endangered species.With 800 or fewer individuals, the Tapanuli orangutan is the rarest of all great apes.
30 November 2017

Indonesia re-opening Bali airport shut by volcanic ash

Bali's international airport will re-open Wednesday afternoon after a nearly three-day shutdown, Indonesian airport authorities said, as ash from a rumbling volcano that looms over the island paradise shifted direction.The eagerly awaited decision opens up a window of hope for some of more than 120,000 tourists stranded after a spike in activity at Mount Agung grounded hundreds of flights since Mo
29 November 2017

Bali Airport shut as island awaits major volcanic eruption

Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupted, prompting authorities to evacuate some 100,000 people and shut the airport in one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia.The government has been relocating people from around Mount Agung’s crater as volcanologists warned of an imminent larger eruption.
27 November 2017