Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop at the launch of the foreign policy white paper. The foreign affairs minister said Australia would resist the ‘false hope of protectionism and isolationism’. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP Foreign policy paper says climate-related conflict and migration could put Australia’s economic interests under pressure
November 23, 2017 — Climate change is creating a disaster on Australia’s doorstep, with environmental degradation and the demand for sustainable sources of food undermining stability in
Continue reading Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns BIODIVERSITY-RICH REGION. The ASEAN region is home to globally significant natural resources on land and in water, including about 18% of all species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Photo courtesy of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity releases the second edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook as it opens its new headquarters in UP Los Baños
MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 3, 2017) — The biological diversity or biodiversity in the ASEAN region, which is home to the “mega-diverse countries” of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia, will greatly be eroded by 2100 if the destruction of the environment continues unabated, a recently launched report by an intergovernmental organization revealed.
Continue reading ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report RARE MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (C) delivers a joint statement after his meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (L) and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (R) in Manila on June 22, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP The Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia will also study a proposal to ‘stop the flow of terrorist financing’ after a rare security meeting
MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 23, 2017) — The Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia agreed to study a plan to “contain” the spread of terrorism through social media, as they capped a rare meeting in Manila on Thursday, June 22.
Continue reading ASEAN countries eye fight vs terror in social media This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP Rear Admiral Myint Nwe tells a security forum in Singapore his government is ‘fully aware’ of the situation in Rakhine state and is committed to address the issue and punish wrongdoers
SINGAPORE (Jan. 24, 2017) — Myanmar’s deputy defense chief on Monday, January 23, urged the world to give his government “time and space” to solve a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority amid concerns jihadists could exploit the situation.
Continue reading Myanmar asks for ‘time and space’ to solve Rohingya crisis LIT UP. As the venue for the event, the Quezon City Memorial Circle is lit up for the event. Its lights go out for the main switch-off to show the city government’s support for climate action. Photo by Arby Medina/Rappler The Earth Hour 2016 event in the Philippines went dark ‘to shine light on climate action’ which involves individual pledges and support for the country’s shift to sustainable energy
MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 20, 2016) — Lights shine brightest in times of darkness.
This is the call to action of Earth Hour 2016: “Go shine light on climate change action.” This year’s Earth Hour put the spotlight on what people can do to help battle climate change.
Continue reading Pedal power, PH Earth Hour shines light on climate action Image by Rappler.com Southeast Asia has long been regarded as a hub for illegal wildlife trade because of its wealth in biodiversity and proximity to major markets for wildlife products
MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 19, 2016) — When a boat hiding dozens of endangered scaly anteaters or pangolins was found parked in Palawan in 2013, officials discovered most of the animals came from other parts of Southeast Asia, not from the Philippines.
Continue reading ASEAN wages war against illegal wildlife trade