Malaysia offers to help fight Australia bushfires

Malaysia has offered to help Australia combat its deadly bushfires, which have killed at least 24 people and a billion animals. Deputy Prime Minister Dr....

Indonesia activists demand climate action 

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Indonesia is demanding the government in Jakarta steps up action to tackle the climate crisis.  The grassroots movement, established in July 2019,...

Asean’s plastic shame 

Asean’s beaches, seas and waterways continue to choke on plastic waste, with much of it imported from the developed world. Idyllic spots throughout the biodiverse...

Trade tensions brew between Indonesia, EU over nickel export ban

Trade tensions are heating up between Indonesia and the European Union (EU) after the latter complained to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about the...

Vietnam bucks global trends by boosting coal use

Vietnam has been singled out in a global environmental report for seeing the world’s highest increase in coal-generated electricity as other countries are abandoning...

Philippine marine life endangered by China: scholar

China should ban the giant-clam trade to save the coral reefs in the South China Sea from furtherdegradation, according to a US marine biologist.  Kent Carpenter from...

Last Sumatran rhino in Malaysia dies, species now extinct in the country

The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, after the last of the species in the country succumbed to cancer on Saturday (Nov 23). The...

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—to persist until January,...

Water pollution hampers treatment plants in Indonesia

Operations of two water treatment plants in Indonesia have been hampered following a liquor waste pollution that flowed into the Bengawan Solo River. Bayu Tunggul,...

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Singapore’s corona-tracking measures invite both acclaim and controversy

As the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world, Singapore has garnered praise for flattening the curve of the virus’s spread. The city-state’s...

Pilgrims gather in Indonesia despite coronavirus fears

More than 8,000 Muslim pilgrims have already gathered in Gowa, in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province, despite a formal request to postpone the event from...