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Science, Nature and Environment IRIN: Myanmar storm warnings get better
May 5, 2014 –  YANGON, 5 May 2014 (IRIN) - Six years after Cyclone Nargis devastated large parts of southern Myanmar, experts say the country is making progress in improving its storm early warning system. “Learning... Read the rest

US Embassy – Indonesia: U.S. and Indonesia Award Grants to Promote Forest Conservation and Combat Climate Change
Apr 30, 2014 –  JAKARTA – U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake and Indonesia Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan launched the first round of forest conservation grants under the $28.5 million Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA) Kalimantan. ... Read the rest

IRIN: Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters
Apr 16, 2014 – MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings,... Read the rest

US Embassy – Indonesia: Ambassador Blake Visits Chevron’s Salak Geothermal Plant to Highlight Geothermal Energy Potential
Apr 14, 2014 –  JAKARTA – U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake visited the largest geothermal power plant in Indonesia on April 10.  The 377 megawatt Salak geothermal power plant operated by Chevron Geothermal... Read the rest

US Embassy – Indonesia: U.S. Ambassador Highlights Science and Technology Cooperation in Bandung, West Java
Apr 2, 2014 –  Bandung -- On April 2, 2014, Ambassador Robert Blake traveled to Bandung, West Java to promote the business and education pillars of the U.S. - Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.  Ambassador Blake’s... Read the rest

International Business Times: Greenland Ice Melt ‘Accelerating,’ Climate Change Awakens ‘Sleeping Giant’
Mar 16, 2014 – Scientists have known for decades that Greenland’s ice sheet is melting, but they may have underestimated just how much water the second-largest ice sheet on the planet is shedding. New... Read the rest

IRIN: Flooding unearths Cambodia’s landmines
Oct 28, 2013 – Thanks to intensive demining in Cambodia’s Battambang Province, few residents in Rokha Kiri District have seen landmines in the past two decades, even though the country still ranks as one... Read the rest

IRIN: "Chaotic" aid distribution more than a week after Philippine quake
Oct 23, 2013 – More than one week after a killer quake struck the central Philippines, killing nearly 200 and displacing tens of thousands, many areas remain unreached by aid workers amid fears of... Read the rest

IRIN: Struggling to reach Philippines earthquake survivors
Oct 18, 2013 – Residents of Bohol in the central Philippines are still reeling after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the tourist island, Bohol, on 15 October. At least 171 people are confirmed dead... Read the rest

IRIN: Impassable roads hamper Philippines quake rescue efforts
Oct 16, 2013 – Rescuers are struggling to reach those affected by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the central Philippine Visayas region. At least 100 people have been killed and nearly 300 injured, say... Read the rest

IRIN: Philippine conflict-displaced on Mindanao now hit by floods
Oct 10, 2013 – Still recovering from three weeks of fighting between government troops and Muslim separatists that left tens of thousands displaced, battle-scarred Zamboanga region in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao is... Read the rest

IRIN: WASH concerns over Cambodia flooding
Oct 9, 2013 – With 60,000 people having fled floods across Cambodia in the past two weeks, and floodwater still not receding, aid workers are warning about the outbreak of water-related diseases due to... Read the rest

Global Voices Online: PHOTOS: Oil Spill in Thailand's Samet Island
Aug 10, 2013 – About 50,000 liters of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Thailand on July 27 from a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc. The oil spill reached Samet island... Read the rest

Global Voices Online: Italian Appeals Court Upholds Guilty Verdict in Historic Eternit Asbestos Case
Aug 1, 2013 – An appeals court in Turin, Italy has affirmed a previous court's landmark ruling [en] finding Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny [en], former owner of cement manufacturer Swiss Eternit Group, responsible for nearly 3,000 asbestos-related deaths. The... Read the rest

WRI Insights: Fire Alerts Spike in Indonesia as Risk of Haze Crisis Returns
Jul 22, 2013 – Cecelia Song, Kemen Austin, Andrew Leach, and other experts at WRI also contributed to this post. Fires are flaring up once more on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Media reports... Read the rest

Science Daily: 80 Percent of Malaysian Borneo Degraded by Logging
Jul 19, 2013 – July 17, 2013 — A study published in the July 17, issue of the journal PLOS ONE found that more than 80% of tropical forests in Malaysian Borneo have been... Read the rest

Plos One: Extreme Differences in Forest Degradation in Borneo: Comparing Practices in Sarawak, Sabah, and Brunei
Jul 17, 2013 – Abstract The Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak are global hotspots of forest loss and degradation due to timber and oil palm industries; however, the rates and patterns of change... Read the rest

Global Voices Online: Riau, Indonesia: ‘Ground Zero’ of Southeast Asia Haze
Jul 15, 2013 – The deadly haze which swept Singapore and some parts of Malaysia this year was caused by the forest fires in Riau, located west of Indonesia. Naturally, it attracted significant mainstream... Read the rest

Global Voices Online: Singapore: From Haze to Hail in Less Than a Week
Jun 29, 2013 – From #sghaze to #sghail. After the record level haze pollution, Singapore was struck by rainstorms carrying hail this week. The haze caused by forest fires in Indonesia is the worst... Read the rest

Global Voices Online: Southeast Asia: The Great Haze of 2013
Jun 26, 2013 – Since last week, a thick haze has enveloped Singapore and some parts of Malaysia caused by forest fires mainly in Indonesia. The haze brought air pollution levels to a record... Read the rest

RFA: Lao Dams, Mining Ruining Sekong Water Quality in Cambodia
Jun 25, 2013 – Dam-building and gold mining in southern Laos are ruining water quality downstream on the Sekong River in Cambodia, where villagers are no longer able drink or use the water, according... Read the rest

Global Voices Online: Haze Chokes Singapore and Malaysia
Jun 24, 2013 – Air quality in Singapore and West Malaysia hit hazardous levels after forest fires swept neighboring Indonesia. At 12pm on June 21, 2013 the Air Pollution Index hit 401 in Singapore, the highest in... Read the rest

Global Voices Online: Haze Chokes Singapore and Malaysia
Jun 24, 2013 – Air quality in Singapore and West Malaysia hit hazardous levels after forest fires swept neighboring Indonesia. At 12pm on June 21, 2013 the Air Pollution Index hit 401 in Singapore, the highest in... Read the rest

IRIN: Laos farmers struggle with erratic weather
Jun 20, 2013 – Hit hard by hot and dry weather, farmers near Laos’s capital are looking for new ways to adapt to climate change and protect their cash crops as the temperature in... Read the rest

RFA: Mekong Dams Threaten Extinction of Giant Catfish
Jun 19, 2013 – Dams across the mainstream of Southeast Asia’s lower Mekong River, such as the Xayaburi dam under construction in northern Laos, could drive the waterway’s endangered giant catfish to extinction, a... Read the rest

RFA: Myanmar Returns Evacuees Spared by Storm
May 17, 2013 – Authorities began moving tens of thousands of people, including some displaced by communal violence, back to their homes and temporary camps Friday after a tropical storm from which they had... Read the rest

IRIN: Evacuation volunteers fan out in Bangladesh
May 16, 2013 – Some 50,000 volunteers in coastal communities across southern Bangladesh are out and about warning people to move to higher ground ahead of Cyclone Mahasen. Hundreds of thousands of people have... Read the rest

RFA: Weakened Cyclone Misses Myanmar, Batters Bangladesh
May 16, 2013 – Cyclone Mahasen slammed into the coast of Bangladesh on Thursday, mostly skipping Myanmar’s western coast where tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees are living in low-lying areas. The cyclone weakened... Read the rest

RFA: Burma’s Displaced Urged Not to Resist Cyclone Evacuation
May 15, 2013 – Burmese authorities on Wednesday urged tens of thousands of Muslims living in flood-prone camps in Rakhine state to comply with evacuation instructions ahead of a looming cyclone, after some wary... Read the rest

RFA: Burma's Displaced Vulnerable to Looming Cyclone
May 14, 2013 – Authorities must evacuate tens of thousands of Muslims displaced by violence in western Burma to higher ground ahead of a major tropical cyclone, a human rights group said Tuesday, as... Read the rest

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