Water vapor and smoke billow from the cooling tower and smokestacks of this steel factory in Hebei, China, a province dominated by industrial factories. These factories, along with other emission sources, produce chlorocarbon pollutants that may end up further damaging the ozone layer. Credit: Kevin Frayer/Stringer/Getty Images News/Getty Images Plus Emissions of short-lived chlorine-based chemicals that deplete ozone are increasing worldwide. But over some regions of Asia, these chemicals may be on a fast track to the ozone layer
October 27, 2017 — A rise in the emission of short-lived chlorine-based chemicals over the past decade has created a possible new threat to the health of Earth’s protective, yet fragile, ozone layer.
Continue reading Pollution over Southeast Asia May Threaten Ozone Health Aerial view of homes submerged in floodwaters along the Pearl and Leaf Rivers after record breaking storms dumped rain across the deep south, 13/03/2016, St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Credit: US Army Photo/Alamy Stock Photo. The El Niño event of 2015-16 was one of the strongest on record, bringing flooding to much of South America, southern US and East Africa, and severe drought to Australia and southeast Asia
July 24, 2017 — Now a new study, published in Nature Climate Change, suggests that similar “extreme” El Niño events could become more frequent as global temperatures rise.
Continue reading ‘Extreme’ El Niños to double in frequency under 1.5C of warming, study says This November 21, 2015 handout photo provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service(USFWS) shows Wisdom (L), the world’s oldest known banded bird in the wild, with her mate on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE / KIAH WALKER More than 30% of animals with a backbone – fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals – are declining in both range and population
PARIS, France (Jul. 12, 2017) — The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is unfolding more quickly than feared, scientists have warned.
Continue reading ‘Sixth extinction’ of wildlife faster than feared – scientists Image by Rappler.com The Philippines now serves as an inspiration for global jihadists, say terrorism experts, who asked the government to investigate an ISIS claim the Resorts World gunman converted to Islam
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 3, 2017) — One month after the Resorts World attack in Manila, terrorism experts tell Rappler they believe the Philippines prematurely dismissed claims by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, IS, ISIL or Daesch, and asked for an investigation into its claim the Resorts World gunman was a recent convert to Islam.
Continue reading ISIS ‘sanctioned, if not directed’ Resorts World attack – expert WEALTH OF THE SEA. An undated handout picture made available by Australia’s James Cook University (JCU) on 31 January 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File/James Cook University ‘It’s about time to protect the oceans’
April 11, 2017 — Oceans mean the whole world.
They provide us food. They offer shelter to many species that enable life to exist on earth. They protect us from the impacts of climate change.
Continue reading Securing our food now and into the future FIGHTING ZIKA. A municipal worker fumigates a residential area against the Aedes aegypti mosquito as a preventive measure against the spread of the dengue fever in Bangkok on February 5, 2016. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP The World Health Organization has earlier said any confirmed cases in Thailand would be the first identified in Southeast Asia
BANGKOK, Thailand (Sept. 30, 2016) — Thai health authorities said Friday, September 30 that microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect.
Continue reading First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly Image by Rappler.com ‘The court accepted Malaysia’s proposal to extradite the men to Malaysia’ based on Vietnam’s mutual legal support laws with Malaysia, the report adds
HANOI, Vietnam (Sept. 12, 2016) — A Vietnamese court on Monday, September 12, agreed to hand over to Malaysia 8 Indonesians who were arrested last year on suspicion of hijacking a Malaysian-flagged oil tanker, according to reports.
Continue reading Vietnam to extradite Indonesian ‘pirates’ to Malaysia – reports Super Typhoon Haiyan South of Tacloban, 22:30Z, November 7, 2013. Image courtesy NOAA Storms that make landfall in East and Southeast Asia are becoming more intense compared to those that stay in the open ocean, a study shows
MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 6, 2016) — The northwest Pacific region, the area that includes East and Southeast Asia, has been seeing stronger typhoons making landfall in the past 4 decades, scientists found out.
Continue reading Landfalling typhoons getting stronger – study AIR POLLUTION. Vehicles travel through a main thoroughfare during a smoggy day in Beijing, China, April 13, 2016. File photo by Wu Hong/EPA WHO also discovers that air quality is generally improving in Europe and North America, but worsening in the Middle East and Southeast Asia
GENEVA, Switzerland (May 12, 2016) — Over 80% of the world’s city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned Thursday, May 12.
Continue reading 80% of world’s city dwellers breathing bad air IN LIMBO. 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. Christophe Archambault/File/AFP One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution
BAYEUN, Indonesia (May 3, 2016) — One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, Sonamia and hundreds of other desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee
Continue reading A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo