Orangutans not spared current haze onslaught

Toxic haze blanketing Southeast Asia has had two casualties so far with a four-month-old toddler and 60-year-old plantation worker succumbing to respiratory complications. But humans...

Malaysia bans open-burning to reduce effects of harmful haze

MALAYSIAN authorities on Wednesday moved to ban all forms of open burning as part of efforts to cut the harmful effects of the haze. Norlin...

African Swine Fever hits Philippine hogs

THE Agriculture department of the Philippines has confirmed the presence of an African Swine Fever (ASF), following weeks of testing the local hogs for...

Asean looks to filthy coal instead of solar power

Sun-kissed Asean continues to generate electricity using filthy coal and its citizens choke on foul air as a consequence.  The United Nations says the rising...

As haze worsens, Malaysia looking into cloud seeding

Malaysia is studying the feasibility of cloud seeding to induce rain in areas that are currently affected by the haze. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri...

Key ASEAN cities feeling the heat of climate change

Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta face the risk of suffering ‘unprecedented climate change’ by the year 2050. In a study conducted among 520 cities,...

Malaysia calls on UK to ditch EU palm-oil restrictions

Malaysia has offered the UK a post-Brexit trade deal if it abandons the European Union’s position on environmentally ruinous palm oil. Malaysia’s 94-year-old prime minister,...

Beloved dugong chokes on Thai plastic 

An eight-month-old dugong that won the hearts of numerous animal lovers in Thailand has died after choking on plastic waste. The orphaned female, named Marium,...

80% of forest fires in Indonesia: report

Almost four-fifths of hotspots detected in Asean over the past month are in Indonesia, according to the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC). Forest fires...

Indonesia pushes ahead with capital shift

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, is pushing ahead with a plan to move Indonesia’s capital to Borneo to reduce pollution and congestion in sinking...

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Singapore property chiefs warn of property glut 

Singaporean property developers say an oversupply of apartments and a stagnating economy are set to suppress housing prices.  The president of the Real Estate Developers Association of...

Masatsugu Asakawa is new ADB head

Masatsugu Asakawa is the new president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asakawa, who is currently serving as a special advisor to Japan’s prime minister...

Essex tragedy: last of ashes and bodies sent home to Vietnam

Cremated remains and bodies of victims of the Essex deaths have finally returned in full to Vietnam. Seven had been cremated in the UK before...