The attack of 'super malaria' in Southeast Asia

Malaria, a dangerous disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes has recently taken a terrifying turn in the form of “super malaria”.“Super malaria” first emerged in Cambodia in 2008 as medical researchers identified a strain of malaria that is resistant to antimalarial drugs, artemisimin.

20 November 2017

New orangutan species discovered in remote Indonesian jungles

A new species of orangutan has been discovered in the remote jungles of Indonesia, immediately becoming the world's most endangered great ape, researchers said Thursday."It's the first declaration of a new great ape species in about 100 years," Ian Singleton, co-author of the study and director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, told AFP.

3 November 2017

Sand is a precious resource for Singapore's development

In Singapore, sand is just as precious a resource as oil and water. Securing a steady supply is proving to be trickier these days.By filling the sea along its coasts with imported sand, the tiny island nation has expanded its physical size by about 24 percent since 1960, according to data from the Singapore Land Authority. At just 278 square miles, the country is smaller in size than New York City.

31 October 2017

In defence of the 1.5°C climate change threshold

The Earth today is more than 1°C hotter than it was in pre-industrial times, and the terrible symptoms of its fever are already showing. This year alone, back-to-back hurricanes have devastated Caribbean islands, monsoon flooding has displaced tens of millions in South Asia, and fires have raged on nearly every continent.

27 October 2017

Landslide hits famous Malaysian tourist island

Two workers were found dead and 12 others were missing Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said.Rescuers rushed to the Tanjung Bungah area on the north of Penang after the accident was reported just before 9:00 am (0100 GMT), the fire and rescue department said.Pictures showed large piles of earth had slipped off a hillside onto the site, where houses were being built.Two bodies were pulled from the mud and twelve othe

21 October 2017

Zero waste, zero problems for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian nations have become increasingly concerned over environmental issues in recent years as the region has become more polluted due to rapid urbanisation and deforestation. As a whole, the region has to deal with transboundary haze pollution, depletion of natural resources and urban environmental degradation.

19 October 2017

Kuala Lumpur’s green lung struggles to 'stay alive'

Green Lungs in the ASEAN regionGreen spaces or "green lungs" in cities play a vital role to its surrounding milieu. They do not only provide oxygen to the densely-populated concrete jungles, but also serves as a dedicated space for recreational activities. Many cities in the Southeast Asian region have picturesque parks and hilly landscapes to counter-balance the urban sprawl.

14 October 2017

The tides are changing in favour of renewable energy

The Southeast Asian region is gifted with rich and diverse renewable energy sources. With the abundance of renewable energy sources in the region, it is timely for ASEAN nations to focus on renewable energy installation amidst diminishing fossil fuel reserves and the growing environmental concerns over fossil fuels and climate change, in particular.

1 October 2017

The health costs of environmental change

OXFORD – In recent years, the world has become increasingly preoccupied with the catastrophic potential of global warming and other human-induced environmental changes, and rightly so. But one of the most serious risks has been all but ignored: the threat to human health.To be sure, concerns about what a rise in global temperatures above pre-industrial levels could mean for the planet are entirely justified.

30 September 2017

Oil and gas environmental footprint in Southeast Asia

The Sidoarjo regency in East Java, Indonesia is known for its cottage industries which produce traditional prawn and fish flavoured crackers. However, tourists who flock there aren’t just lured by the promise of crunchy titbits, but come to see the largest mud volcano in the world.The Sidoarjo mud flow, commonly called Lusi – an abbreviation of Lumpur Sidoarjo, “lumpur” means “mud” in Indonesian – has been spewing mud since it erupted in May 2006.

28 September 2017