Dirty flow: The Covid-19 risk in Southeast Asia’s rivers

If the findings of a new study are to be believed, the novel coronavirus holding the world hostage at the moment poses a greater...

Indonesia passes new mining law ‘marred by controversy’

Indonesia has passed into law a controversial measure aimed at expanding the country’s mining industry albeit seen to have socioenvironmental impacts. Jakarta Post reported on...

ASEAN’s Huaren Titans Must Pay Their Dues Beyond COVID-19

In a recently leaked letter, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha made an unconventional appeal to the kingdom’s so-called “five families” to do more for...

Coronavirus impact continues to spread 

Singapore’s factory activity collapsed last month as the flu-like coronavirus sent sniffles through Asean, disrupting global supply chains. However, the number of coronavirus deaths is...

Thailand blames pollution crisis on Cambodian fires 

Thailand has blamed Cambodian farmers for thick clouds of smog that have led to the closure of hundreds of schools in the capital, Bangkok.  But...

Pangolin critically endangered, wildlife watchdog warns

Shy, scaly and highly elusive, pangolins exist primarily in Asia and Africa. Today, they are also currently the most heavily trafficked mammal in the...

Indonesia shares blame for rising seas 

It is customary to blame the developed world for creating climate change after centuries of putting profits before environmental concerns.  The argument goes that western...

Indonesia eyes taxes on plastic bags, sweet drinks and cars 

Indonesia’s Finance Minister Mulyani Indrawati has submitted a proposal to parliament to impose environmental tariffs. She said the authorities were targeting sugar-filled and artificially...

Thailand to probe Chinese surrogate gangs

Thailand says it is probing illegal surrogate births for Chinese customers after a series of raids this week. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered...

As Indonesian fires rage, government turns a blind eye to pulp and paper industries

The government in Jakarta may not exactly be fiddling while Indonesia burns, but a recent report released indicated that it’s certainly not doing enough...

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