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,...

ADB commits financing for Philippine tourism hubs

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has opened its doors for the Philippines to boost and develop two of its infamous tourism hubs. ADB said in...

Asean coal power plant construction falls

The number of new coal power plants under construction across Asean has fallen over the past two years, causing fears for Australian exporters of...

Philippines looks to buy Russian nuclear ship

A copy of Russia's controversial floating nuclear power station could power remote Philippine islands, according to Manila’s trade secretary, Ramon Lopez. Philippine’s president, Rodrigo Duterte,...

Endangered elephant shot 70 times, tusks removed

Malaysian officials on Monday said an endangered Borneo pygmy elephant was found dead in the state of Sabah last week with about 70 gunshot...

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...

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...

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