Cambodians flock to mine-infested border

Western Cambodia is peppered with anti-personnel mines. Source: Wikimedia Landmine clearance teams in Cambodia say their task to make development sustainable is becoming more urgent...

NGO fears Lao hydropower impact

The Theun-Hinboun dam in Laos. Vientiane is waking up to the reality of the nation’s hydropower potential. Source: Wikimedia The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has...

S’pore drivers’ loans on rise

Car ownership remains popular among Singaporeans. Source: Flickr Singaporean car buyers are taking out bigger financing loans following an easing of vehicle-loan curbs since May...

Asean’s plastic shame

Multilateral firms are polluting oceans by selling goods packaged in plastic to the Philippines, Indonesia and their neighbours, Greenpeace argues. It singled out Nestle,...

Singapore faces plastic crisis

Singaporeans use on average 1.6 plastic bags a day and their production uses enough petrol in a year to drive 8,555 cars around the...

Indonesia orangutan faces extinction as court rejects dam challenge

Indonesian environmentalists have lost a court challenge to a Chinese-backed dam project on Sumatra that could destroy the Batang Toru forest habitat of the...

The Philippine transportation system is unimaginably awful

THE Philippines has long been left out when it comes to modernizing its public transport system as compared with its neighboring Asian countries Malaysia...

Activist to join Duterte cabinet

Environmentalist Gina Lopez. Source: Flickr The Philippines’ president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, has threatened to cancel mining projects that cause environmental damage after an anti-mining activist accepted...

Jakarta’s religious card 

The future of one of the world's largest cities, Jakarta, lies in the balance. As ethnicity and religion have been increasingly exploited, the colossal...

Jakarta to buy out mine

The Indonesian government plans to acquire Rio Tinto’s 40-per-cent participating interest in the huge Grasberg copper mine in the unstable province of Papua.  It is...

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Singapore promises 2020 recovery after quarterly growth

Singapore exceeded estimates for economic growth in the third quarter with the city-state’s authorities claiming that a full recovery will be secured next year. GDP...

Asean climate crises loom after decades of abuse 

Asean’s governments continue to abuse the environment but the regional body’s shared ecological efforts to tackle the issues are pitiful.   Farmers along the Mekong have been...

Mekong nations face severe drought made worse by dams

The four lower Mekong River basin countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam should expect severe to extreme drought – compounded by dams –...