Environment

Myanmar’s Child Labour Problem Refuses To Go Away

A report titled, “Global Childhood Report 2019” released by United Kingdom (UK)-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Save the Children, found that Singapore took the lead in terms of providing a safe and fostering environment for children. Whereas countries like Lao PDR, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines performed the worst in the bloc.

6 September 2020
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‘Honour Killings’ Still Rampant Today

A few days ago, an Iranian man was sentenced to prison for beheading his 14-year-old daughter with an axe back in May 2020, in a so-called ‘honour killing’. The victim, Romina, was decapitated in her sleep in their family home in Gilan Province in Iran. Local media reported that Romina ran away after her father refused to give permission for her to marry a man 15 years older than her – she was detained by authorities and sent home.

1 September 2020
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The Rise In Plastic Waste Crime

Plastic consumption has exploded over the years. This has caused plastic waste production worldwide to steadily increased by 10 million metric tons every year in the last 10 years, to reach almost 360 million metric tons in 2018.The plastic crisis is one of the greatest challenges facing planet earth.

28 August 2020
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La Nina Likely, But Temperatures To Remain High

Global temperatures boosted by climate change will still be higher than usual despite the cooling effect of a La Nina weather phenomenon expected to develop in the coming months, the United Nations (UN) said Thursday.The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said there was a 60 percent chance of a La Nina event between September and November.But WMO chief Petteri Taalas warned in a statement that "even if a La Nina event does develop, its cooling signal will not be enough to counterbal

28 August 2020
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Readying Our Youth For The Post-COVID Workplace

Yesterday, The ASEAN Post published an article about the disproportionate impacts that the pandemic has inflicted on the employment prospects of young people. The coronavirus crisis has indeed severely disrupted livelihoods, businesses and the economy in general. Every sector, organisation and institution has felt the pinch from the pandemic. For the youth, education and training are crucial in enhancing their employability.

25 August 2020
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Surviving Climate Change In ASEAN’s Cities

According to the World Bank, the global population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 with two-thirds of this number living in cities. From that, an estimated 90 million people will move to cities in the ASEAN region. This means that urban dwellers would reflect 45 percent of ASEAN’s population where millions of people, especially those living in vulnerable places along river banks, canals and hill sides, will be exposed to the harmful effects of environmental damage.

22 August 2020
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6.9-Magnitude Quake Strikes Off Indonesia

A 6.9-magnitude quake struck eastern Indonesia on Friday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported, but there was no tsunami warning issued and no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.In Kupang city, far south of the quake's epicentre in the Banda Sea, frightened residents ran outside as buildings and streetlights swayed."I was in the shopping centre when the quake hit," said resident Engky Nussi."Many people ran outside as stuff started falling off t

22 August 2020
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Extreme Poverty Could Surge By 100 Million

The coronavirus pandemic may have driven as many as 100 million people back into extreme poverty, World Bank President David Malpass warned Thursday.The Washington-based development lender previously estimated that 60 million people would fall into extreme poverty due to COVID-19, but the new estimate puts the deterioration at 70 to 100 million, and he said "that number could go higher" if the pandemic worsens or drags on.The situation makes it "imperative" that creditors

21 August 2020
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The Fight Over Myanmar's Marble Hills

Faces covered in white dust and chisels in hand, marble sculptors in Myanmar say the hills that have given them a livelihood for generations are disappearing, as large companies reap the rewards of the prized white rock.The deafening sound of cutting and grinding machines, punctuated by the tapping of hammers and chisels, echoes around the hills next to Sagyin village, north of Mandalay.The mounds, lined with jagged edges from where huge chunks have been hewn, are the country's prime sou

20 August 2020
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Dangers Of Fake Medical Supplies In A Pandemic

To date, over 22 million people have been infected with the deadly coronavirus disease, which has claimed some 700,000 lives. Amid the health crisis, there has been a surge in demand for medical supplies and pharmaceuticals to combat the COVID-19 virus.

19 August 2020
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