Environment

Are Anti-Vaxxers Causing More Harm Than Good?

The coronavirus pandemic has introduced us to new norms of temperature checks, social distancing and mask wearing, among others. The virus has drastically changed our lives, severely impacting livelihoods and infecting more people each day. At the time of writing, over 56.5 million people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19.Some observers believe that until a viable vaccine is found, the new normal is likely to stay indefinitely.

19 November 2020
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Anxiety Mounts Over Vietnam's Food Staples

Vietnam's fragrant noodle soups and fresh spring rolls have won fans across the globe, but mounting food safety scandals on the country's streets are sparking a rising tide of anxiety among millennials about what they eat.Tran Huong Lan, a 32-year-old accountant, spent two nights in hospital the last time she ate "bun cha", Hanoi's signature pork noodles gobbled up by former United States (US) President Barack Obama and late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain on a visit

17 November 2020
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Most Overworked Cities In ASEAN

A recent index by Kisi, a cloud-based security developer titled, “Cities With the Best Work-Life Balance 2020,” ranks cities from around the world which offer the best work-life balance to their people by comparing data on work intensity, legislation and liveability.The index assesses each city’s overall work-life score based on measures such as the amount of time a person dedicates to their job including total working hours, percentage of the overworked population, commuting times a

16 November 2020
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Coronavirus Deepens Cambodia's Loan Crisis

Trapped under a mountain of crippling debt, Cambodian farmer Roeurn Reth fears she will have to sell her land to repay microfinance loans that have ballooned due to pandemic-spurred job losses in her family.What started as a US$3,000 sum from a loan shark for her son's wedding has now grown to about US$7,000, she says - the result of additional financial needs that have cropped up.Her sons - who crossed illegally into neighbouring Thailand - previously sent money home to help with repaym

16 November 2020
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Thousands Flee As Typhoon Vamco Nears Vietnam

Thousands of people fled their homes in Vietnam on Saturday as Typhoon Vamco barrelled towards central regions already pummelled by weeks of successive storms.Airports have been shut, beaches closed and a fishing ban put in place, as the country braces for winds of up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) per hour when the typhoon makes landfall on Sunday, likely close to Hue.Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in four central provinces, according to the disaster management author

15 November 2020
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Is Fashion Bad For The Environment?

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries globally, alongside oil and agriculture.The industry’s desire to be on-trend drives its business operations by reducing collection periods and accelerating inventory turns.

14 November 2020
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Deaths In Typhoon-Hit Philippines Rises To 27

The death toll in typhoon-battered Philippines has risen to at least 27, official figures showed Friday, after some of the worst flooding in years swamped villages and forced thousands to flee their homes.Torrential rain dumped by Typhoon Vamco – the third powerful storm to hit the country in as many weeks – inundated low-lying areas of Manila and surrounding provinces, trapping people on rooftops and balconies.As floodwaters receded and residents began to return home, the scale of the destru

14 November 2020
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Typhoon Causes Major Flooding In Manila

The third typhoon to hit the storm-battered Philippines in as many weeks caused major flooding in Manila on Thursday, trapping people on rooftops and claiming at least 11 lives in other parts of the country.Typhoon Vamco packed winds of up to 155 kilometres (96 miles) per hour as it swept across the country's largest island of Luzon after making landfall overnight.Authorities warned of landslides and potentially deadly storm surges along the coast.Heavy rain effectively shut down Manila,

13 November 2020
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Another Typhoon Menaces The Philippines

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in storm-battered parts of the Philippines Wednesday as the third typhoon in as many weeks barrelled towards the country. Vamco grazed Catanduanes Island - which was devastated by Typhoon Goni less than two weeks ago - as it neared the most populous island of Luzon where it was expected to make landfall early Thursday.Powerful winds and intense rain battered parts of central and southern Luzon as the eye of the typhoon approached.On

12 November 2020
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Ending Child Marriage In The Philippines

Every year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18. That is 23 girls every minute. In some Southeast Asia countries, child marriages and teenage pregnancies continue to rise. ASEAN member states Indonesia, Lao PDR and Vietnam, among others have long practiced early unions.

11 November 2020
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Go Vegan To Fight Climate Change?

A study by J Poore and T Nemecek titled, ‘Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers,’ published by the University of Oxford revealed that food production is responsible for 26 percent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, contributing to global warming.

8 November 2020
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Poverty And Underage Marriage In Indonesia

Following years of pressure from advocacy groups, Indonesia's Parliament revised its national laws last year to increase the legal age a girl can marry. The amendment to the Marriage Act raised the age of marriage for girls to 19 years old which is in line with the legal age for boys, with parental permission, while the legal age for men and women to marry without parental consent is 21.

7 November 2020
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