Health & Environment

China is to blame for South Korea’s air pollution. Really?

South Korea is one of the world’s most polluted countries and its killer dust claims thousands of lives a year. But rather than blame diesel cars and coal-powered plants, it has become trendy to look abroad for a bogeyman.

15 Mar 2019 - 3:17PM
Explainer | How climate change will affect Asia

In 2017, China, India and Japan were ranked first, third and fifth among the world’s worst polluting countries.

11 Mar 2019 - 2:59PM
Asia’s vegetarian culture: does going meatless make sense?

Saving the world, and its animals – there’s a lot to be said for going vegetarian. But sceptics, Chinese medicine practitioners among them, say without a balance, your body may pay the price

9 Mar 2019 - 6:19PM
Vegan pork, meatless burgers: a Hong Kong fad, but who’s biting?

A multibillion-dollar industry wants meat-eaters to embrace plant-based alternatives –but why eat mock meat when the real thing is half the price and twice as tasty?

9 Mar 2019 - 6:18PM
Why an Indian minister wants to collect the nation’s pee

India is flushing away valuable nutrients, says a minister who is campaigning to turn the nation’s liquid waste into fertiliser.

8 Mar 2019 - 8:02PM
Environmentalists slam US$1 billion stunt to end plastic pollution

Since China banned plastic waste imports in January 2018, Southeast Asia has become the world’s dumping ground

11 Feb 2019 - 5:17PM
Indonesia faces a diabetes epidemic – and the young are most affected

Experts estimate more than half of diabetes cases in Indonesia remain undiagnosed, especially among young people

6 Feb 2019 - 6:53PM
Philippine jeepney drivers condemn plan to run them off the road

The government claims jeepneys need to go because they are old, dirty and unsafe

31 Jan 2019 - 9:36PM
Greenpeace slams decision to dump Fukushima water into ocean

The decision by the government and the tsunami-devastated plant’s operator to release contaminated water into the Pacific was ‘driven by short-term cost-cutting’, a new study has found

22 Jan 2019 - 11:15PM
Malaysia rethinks school book that shames girls for having sex

Book also warns girls to wear clothes that “protect the modesty of their genitals”, to shut the door when they change, and to avoid quiet places when alone

16 Jan 2019 - 11:56PM