Tag Archives: asia pacific

Building boom in China’s tropics as Beijing’s ‘smog refugees’ flee toxic air

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Property developers are cashing in on the clean lung boom, building apartments in Xishuangbanna prefecture in Yunnan province. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Jaded urbanites keen to outrun hustle and bustle of country’s big smoke put down roots near border with Myanmar and Laos

January 10, 2018 — It was on 3 January last year, days after Beijing’s last major airpocalypse, that Ji Feng began to put into action his plan to escape one of the world’s most polluted cities. Continue reading Building boom in China’s tropics as Beijing’s ‘smog refugees’ flee toxic air

New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

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The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea level rise. New Zealand could introduce a visa to help relocate people affected by climate change. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Minister says experimental humanitarian visa category could be introduced for people displaced by rising seas

November 1,  2017 — New Zealand’s new government is considering creating a visa category to help relocate Pacific peoples displaced by climate change. Continue reading New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas

Planes, ships, barges: the DIY evacuation of Vanuatu’s volcano island

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The Manaro volcano on Vanuatu’s Ambae island pumps out smoke and ash. Photograph: Reuters

Eruption threat means all 11,000 people of Ambae in the Pacific need to leave – and with sparse official help, they are getting off any way they can

October 1, 2017 — Vanuatu is no stranger to the rumblings, shakings, flood waters and wrecking winds of natural disaster. The south Pacific island nation was rated the most at-risk country in the Continue reading Planes, ships, barges: the DIY evacuation of Vanuatu’s volcano island

Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns

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Asian food companies have rapidly expanded their meat production in response to growing populations. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Growth of intensive units has potential to increase antibiotic resistance and could result in spread of bird flu beyond region

August 14, 2017 — The use of antibiotics in factory farms in Asia is set to more than double in just over a decade, with potentially damaging effects on antibiotic resistance around the world. Continue reading Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns

‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

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A beach in Quang Trach district is strewn with dead fish after the toxic spill in April 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A year after Vietnam’s worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation

August 14, 2017 — “We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin” – the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the country’s fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Continue reading ‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

PH has ‘fastest growing’ HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific – DOH

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PREVENTING HIV. DOH officials led by Secretary Paulyn Ubial (2nd from right) hold a press conference on HIV cases in the country on August 1, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

85% of the new HIV infections among Filipinos are hitting 15 to 24-year-old males having sex with males

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 1, 2017) — The Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday, August 1, that the Philippines now has the “fastest growing” HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific. Continue reading PH has ‘fastest growing’ HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific – DOH

Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’

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The coal industry says the growth of coal-fired stations in Asia is proof of a bright future for the fuel. Photograph: Lu Guang/Greenpeace

The vast majority of newly built stations in Indonesia relied on export credits agencies or development banks, says study by Market Forces

July 20, 2017 — The much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently too risky for the private sector. Continue reading Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

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Moon Jae-in speaks at an event to mark the closure of South Korea’s oldest nuclear plant, Kori-1. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Moon Jae-in said he would lead country towards a ‘nuclear-free era’ following fears of a Fukushima-style meltdown

June 19, 2017 — South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown. Continue reading New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

China and EU strengthen promise to Paris deal with US poised to step away

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Wind turbines in Tianjin. China and the EU say they are determined to forge ahead with Paris and accelerate the global transition to clean energy. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Beijing and Brussels to set up new alliance to reduce global carbon emissions as Donald Trump says he will announce decision later on Thursday

June 1, 2017 — China and the EU will forge an alliance to take a leading role in tackling climate change in response to Donald Trump’s expected decision to pull the US out of the historic Paris agreement. Continue reading China and EU strengthen promise to Paris deal with US poised to step away

900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report

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Bribery rates are highest in India and Vietnam, and police are the most common demanders of kickbacks, according to a Transparency International survey in the region

BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 7, 2017) — More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, March 7, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region. Continue reading 900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report