Environment

Thousands Flee As Typhoon Vamco Nears Vietnam

Thousands of people fled their homes in Vietnam on Saturday as Typhoon Vamco barrelled towards central regions already pummelled by weeks of successive storms.Airports have been shut, beaches closed and a fishing ban put in place, as the country braces for winds of up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) per hour when the typhoon makes landfall on Sunday, likely close to Hue.Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in four central provinces, according to the disaster management author

15 November 2020
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Is Fashion Bad For The Environment?

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries globally, alongside oil and agriculture.The industry’s desire to be on-trend drives its business operations by reducing collection periods and accelerating inventory turns.

14 November 2020
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Deaths In Typhoon-Hit Philippines Rises To 27

The death toll in typhoon-battered Philippines has risen to at least 27, official figures showed Friday, after some of the worst flooding in years swamped villages and forced thousands to flee their homes.Torrential rain dumped by Typhoon Vamco – the third powerful storm to hit the country in as many weeks – inundated low-lying areas of Manila and surrounding provinces, trapping people on rooftops and balconies.As floodwaters receded and residents began to return home, the scale of the destru

14 November 2020
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Typhoon Causes Major Flooding In Manila

The third typhoon to hit the storm-battered Philippines in as many weeks caused major flooding in Manila on Thursday, trapping people on rooftops and claiming at least 11 lives in other parts of the country.Typhoon Vamco packed winds of up to 155 kilometres (96 miles) per hour as it swept across the country's largest island of Luzon after making landfall overnight.Authorities warned of landslides and potentially deadly storm surges along the coast.Heavy rain effectively shut down Manila,

13 November 2020
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Another Typhoon Menaces The Philippines

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in storm-battered parts of the Philippines Wednesday as the third typhoon in as many weeks barrelled towards the country. Vamco grazed Catanduanes Island - which was devastated by Typhoon Goni less than two weeks ago - as it neared the most populous island of Luzon where it was expected to make landfall early Thursday.Powerful winds and intense rain battered parts of central and southern Luzon as the eye of the typhoon approached.On

12 November 2020
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Ending Child Marriage In The Philippines

Every year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. That is 23 girls every minute. In some Southeast Asia countries, child marriages and teenage pregnancies continue to rise. ASEAN member states Indonesia, Lao PDR and Vietnam, among others have long practiced early unions.

11 November 2020
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Go Vegan To Fight Climate Change?

A study by J Poore and T Nemecek titled, ‘Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers,’ published by the University of Oxford revealed that food production is responsible for 26 percent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, contributing to global warming.

8 November 2020
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Poverty And Underage Marriage In Indonesia

Following years of pressure from advocacy groups, Indonesia's Parliament revised its national laws last year to increase the legal age a girl can marry. The amendment to the Marriage Act raised the age of marriage for girls to 19 years old which is in line with the legal age for boys, with parental permission, while the legal age for men and women to marry without parental consent is 21.

7 November 2020
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Singapore 'Cruise To Nowhere' Sets Sail

Hundreds of passengers were setting sail from Singapore Friday on a "cruise to nowhere" with safety measures in place to prevent coronavirus outbreaks, as the industry seeks to bounce back from a pandemic-induced crunch.Cruises were halted worldwide in March after travel restrictions kicked in and several vessels were hit by major outbreaks, but have now resumed in a few places.The "cruise to nowhere" – starting and ending at the same place, with no stops – has proved a hi

7 November 2020
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The Coronavirus Pollution

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a new normal of wearing face masks and social distancing as part of governments’ preventive measures against the deadly virus. ASEAN member state Malaysia, some parts of Europe and the United Kingdom (UK) have even made it compulsory to wear face masks when out in public areas.

6 November 2020
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Philippine Island Left Without Power After Typhoon

It could take months to restore power to a Philippine island of 260,000 people devastated by the country's most powerful typhoon this year, the Red Cross said Tuesday.Eight towns on Catanduanes were cut off and an estimated 25,000 houses destroyed by Typhoon Goni, which was packing winds of 225 kilometres (140 miles) per hour when it slammed into the island Sunday before sweeping across southern Luzon.Robert Kaufman, country head for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cres

4 November 2020
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