Environment

Our Oceans Are Too Hot

Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and about 97 percent of our planet’s water is in them. Of the tiny percentage of water that is not found in our oceans – about two percent – is frozen up in glaciers and ice caps.The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) noted that the oceans are a life-support system for the Earth and a global common that provide us with free goods and services, from the food we eat to the oxygen we breathe.

29 September 2020
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Vietnam’s Gen Z Prepping For The Future

According to US-based management consulting firm, McKinsey, Generation Z (Gen Z) is the cohort born between 1995 and 2010, and are currently between the ages of nine and 24-years old.Gen Z is entering the workforce and business leaders must stay ahead to harness this new wave’s talents and appeal to their interests.According to an article by data and measurement firm, Nielsen titled, ‘How to engage with Generation Z in Vietnam,’ Gen Z will account for 25 percent of the labour workforce in the

27 September 2020
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Cambodia’s Fight Against Counterfeit Goods

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at least 63 percent of the world’s fake goods originate from China. Nevertheless, some nations across Southeast Asia are also infamous for producing, trading and trafficking counterfeit products. Some of these countries include ASEAN member states Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Product counterfeiting is a form of consumer fraud: a product is sold, purporting to be something that it is not.

25 September 2020
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World’s Richest Fuelling Climate Crisis?

Climate change, driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), have caused devastating impacts on some parts of the world. This includes flooding, extreme rainfall patterns, increased heat and erosion in coastal areas, among others.

24 September 2020
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Indonesians Hunt For Gold In Desperate Times

With the coronavirus devastating jobs across the country, desperate Indonesians are flocking to illegal gold mines as the soaring price of the precious metal overrides the risk to their lives and the environment.Spooked by the economic destruction wrought by the pandemic, consumers and investors around the world have been snapping up gold, which is seen as a hedge against volatility, sending its price to a record above US$2,000 an ounce last month.The surge in demand has fuelled a boom in min

24 September 2020
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Pandemic Hitting Older Workers Harder

The coronavirus crisis has resulted in devastating impacts on livelihoods and the world’s economy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that the pandemic is pushing the global economy into its deepest recession in a century. “The Great Lockdown” – as the IMF calls the global downturn – is the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s.As it was with other recessions and past financial crises, unemployment tends to rise quickly, and often remains elevated during said tough times.

22 September 2020
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Malaysia's National Symbol No More?

The Malayan tiger is said to be the national animal of Malaysia. The tiger appears in various heraldry of Malaysian institutions such as the Royal Malaysia Police, Proton – which is Malaysia’s first national car company, its universal bank, Maybank and the Football Association of Malaysia, among others. Even Malaysia’s national football team, the pride of the country, has been given the nickname ‘Harimau Malaya’ (Malayan tigers).

21 September 2020
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Poverty, Child Labour And Trafficking In Vietnam

Almost a year ago in October 2019, the world was shocked by a tragedy called the “Essex lorry deaths” which involved 39 people who were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Britain. While the victims were initially identified as Chinese, it has since been ascertained that all of the victims were in fact, Vietnamese, and almost all from the same – considered poor – province of Nghe An. A 2019 report titled, "Precarious journeys: Mapping vulnerabilities of victims of t

20 September 2020
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The Problem With Microplastics

The alarming spread of microplastics has become a problem that can no longer be ignored. Microplastics are plastics measuring five millimetres or smaller and are formed when larger pieces of plastic such as shopping bags or bottles disintegrate into smaller pieces.Due to their small size, the issue of microplastics might be seen as secondary to the “bigger” problem of plastic bags and other plastic goods which pollute the environment – but there is no escaping it.From our drinking wa

19 September 2020
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One Dead, Dozens Injured As Noul Hits Vietnam

Tropical Storm Noul pounded Vietnam on Friday, killing one person and injuring dozens more as it unleashed heavy rains and high winds on the country's central coastal region, authorities said.Images on state-run Vietnam Television showed damaged houses and trees, and power poles pulled from the ground as the country's biggest storm of the year made landfall in Hue, Vietnam's old imperial capital.On Thursday, authorities said more than one million people across three central pro

19 September 2020
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Protecting Nature In A Pandemic

To date, more than 29 million people have contracted the COVID-19 virus worldwide. Across ASEAN, over half a million people have been infected with more than 13,000 coronavirus-related fatalities reported in the region. The virus is believed to have been passed on from animals to humans – prime suspects include bats and pangolins, both considered delicacies in China where the virus first appeared.

14 September 2020
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Plane Cafes Take Off In Thailand

With millions around the world stuck at home due to the pandemic, "plane cafes" in Thailand are offering customers the chance to pretend they are in the sky - and the idea seems to have taken off.On board a retired commercial airplane in the coastal city of Pattaya, coffee drinkers make themselves comfy on first-class-style seats and pose for photos by the overhead lockers.Boarding passes in hand, some "passengers" even opt for a tour of the cockpit."With this cafe I

14 September 2020
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