Environment

Health Workers: Exhausted And At Risk

On 20 January, media reports of a medical officer who allegedly passed away from exhaustion shocked Malaysians. A charity group called ‘Skuad Pengurusan Jenazah Malaysia’ (Malaysian Funeral Management Squad) claimed that one of its members, Dr Ali Noor Hassan fell ill due to his workload – highlighting a lack of rest.

21 January 2021
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Indonesian Medics Overwhelmed By Quake Casualties

Medics battled exhaustion and the risk of COVID-19 as they raced Monday to treat scores of people injured by a devastating earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.At least 84 were killed and thousands left homeless by the 6.2-magnitude quake that struck early Friday, reducing buildings to a tangled mass of twisted metal and chunks of concrete in the seaside city of Mamuju.Doctors in hazard suits treated patients with broken limbs and other injuries at a makeshift medical centre set up

19 January 2021
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Nations Failing To Fund Climate Adaptation: UN

The world is falling short of promises made under the Paris climate deal to help the most vulnerable nations deal with the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations (UN). Adaptation - reducing the fallout among communities and increasing their capacity to deal with climate-related disasters such as floods and drought - is a pillar of the landmark 2015 accord, which aims to chart a path away from catastrophic warming.The deal requires signator

18 January 2021
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Rains Hamper Hunt For Indonesia Quake Survivors

Torrential monsoon rains hampered the hunt Sunday for anyone still buried alive under buildings flattened by a powerful earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, after the huge tremor killed at least 81 and left thousands homeless.Excavators and cranes were deployed across the devastated seaside city of Mamuju, where buildings were reduced to a tangled mass of twisted metal and chunks of concrete, including a hospital and the regional governor's office.It was unclear how many peopl

18 January 2021
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Plastic Pollution: We Need To Act Now

The Great Pacific garbage patch is a collection of plastic and floating trash with two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage. The patch consists of finger-sized bits of plastic – often microscopic particles, chemical sludge, wood pulp, and other debris trapped by the northern circulating currents of the Pacific Ocean known as the North Pacific Gyre. The plastic concentration is estimated to be 100 kilograms per square kilometre.

17 January 2021
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Death By Fake Alcohol

In recent months, we have increasingly heard stories of counterfeit or sub-quality face masks, medicines and sanitisers during the pandemic. Fake goods are indeed putting lives in danger.

16 January 2021
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Indonesia Quake Kills 42, Topples Buildings

A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Sulawesi island Friday, killing at least 42 people, levelling a hospital and severely damaging other buildings, authorities said, as they warned there were people still trapped beneath rubble.Hundreds were also injured when the 6.2-magnitude quake struck in the early hours, triggering panic among the terrified residents of the island, which was hit by a huge quake and tsunami two and a half years ago that killed thousands.So far, 34 bodies have be

16 January 2021
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Climate Change Is Worsening Malnutrition

2020 was one of the hottest years ever recorded since time immemorial.According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the average global land and ocean temperature last year was the highest ever measured, edging out the previous record set in 2016 by less than a tenth of a degree.The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) too announced recently that 2020 “rivalled 2016 for the top spot,” adding that the years from 2011 to 2020 had been the warmest decade recorded.

15 January 2021
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Social Media And Mental Health

Social media usage is one of the most popular online activities. Like millions of people around the world, the first thing I do when I wake up is to scroll on Twitter. That’s how I get my news, information and celebrities’ “teas”. For some, it’s perhaps some other social network such as Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.

14 January 2021
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Indonesia’s Aviation Disasters

Air travel is said to be the safest mode of transportation compared to trains, cars and motorcycles; therefore, it is highly publicised when a crash occurs. The world has recorded numerous aviation disasters and mysteries since time immemorial – from the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in 1937, to hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 of the 9/11 (11 September) attacks, and to the unsolved mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.Over the weekend, the world was once again shocked by

11 January 2021
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Indonesia Plane Crash: Black Boxes Located

Body parts, twisted wreckage, and clothing were plucked from waters off the Indonesian capital Sunday after a passenger jet with 62 people aboard crashed shortly after take-off a day earlier.Authorities have yet to say why the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 went into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta international airport on Saturday afternoon.But, on Sunday, they said that they had pinpointed the location of its black boxes - cockpit voice and flight data recorders -

11 January 2021
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