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A Chinese fishing vessel is seen stranded after it ran aground at the Tubbataha reefs. Pic: AP.

US to compensate Philippines for coral reef damage

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:34AM UTC Comments Off A Chinese fishing vessel is seen stranded after it ran aground at the Tubbataha reefs. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the United States will pay 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year....

Human rights institutions in Southeast Asia: Are the “paper tigers” coming to life?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:15AM UTC Comments Off Cambodian and Thai villagers presenting their case at SUHAKAM. Pic: EarthRights International.

National human rights institutions in Southeast Asia have often been described as “paper tigers” or “toothless agencies” -- accused of sitting idle in the face of serious human rights concerns -- but there is some cause to believe that may be changing...

September sets new global heat record

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 9:37AM UTC Comments Off Floodwaters flow to a lower area as villagers rebuild an embankment in Bangladesh. Pic: AP.

September brought more record heat globally, and U.S. meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded....

Thilafushi: An island of trash in the Maldives

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 8:28AM UTC Comments Off Pic: Dying Regime (Flickr CC)

The Republic of the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, both by landmass and population. It is also the country with the lowest elevation on Earth, rising to only 1.5 meters above sea level. Due to climate change, the Maldive Islands are under threat of rising sea levels. In 2012 President Mohamed Nasheed called...

Singapore smog raises fears of new ‘Hazepocalypse’

By Tue, Sep 16, 2014 6:00AM UTC Comments Off Singapore seen under a blanket of haze in June, 2013. Pic: AP.

In Singapore, June, 2013 was marked by 16-year high levels of air pollution. Known as “Hazepocalypse”, forest fires in Indonesia and Malaysia caused the city-state to be blanketed in an unhealthy haze of smoky air for days on end. ...

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