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28 Feb Cooperation is key to tackling haze issue

SINGAPORE - To solve the haze problem, countries need to cooperate and not blame each other for pollution; they should also view the problem in terms of economic inter-dependence, said legal experts at a conference on transboundary pollution on Thursday. Singapore Institute of International Affairs chairman...

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28 Feb Tracking Global Deforestation Real-time

Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system, was launched last week by Google, together with 40 other partners such as the World Resources Institute and United Nations Environment Programme. The software is a mapping tool to track deforestation on a real-time basis....

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21 Feb Kerry in Asia: Climate-change agenda trumps geopolitics

Beginning last Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry met leaders in Seoul, Beijing and Jakarta. The US invoked its “pivot to Asia” again after being distracted by the Syrian conflict. It was an important visit, but one that left much to be desired. No...

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14 Feb The Worst (Haze) is Yet to Come

The severe haze episode that Singapore experienced in June 2013 may not be the worst we have seen. This is one of the key takeaways by CHUA Chin-Wei, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) Deputy Director and Fellow (Environment and Resources) after attending the ICOPE...

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17 Jan Key Environment Stories to Watch in 2014

The year 2013 has seen more and more devastating environmental disasters in many parts of Asia. The worst haze in history blanketed Southeast Asia in June. Heavy air pollution hit new highs in Shanghai. One of the most powerful typhoons on record struck the Philippines...

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23 Sep The haze: What governments must do – and what they can’t

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Environment Ministers meet this week in Jakarta to discuss the haze, there are reasons to doubt governments will address key issues decisively. Cynics point out that the number of hot spots has again been growing in Sumatra. While...

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28 Jun More plantations, more haze to come?

In the wake of record levels of haze, environment ministers from Malaysia and Singapore will be meeting their Indonesian counterpart as soon as July 17 for the Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC). This follows the apology graciously given by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and — more importantly...

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24 Jun Sounding the alarm for collective action

The haze in Singapore is at a historic level, exceeding the worst seen back in 1997-98, and blankets the global city in a rancid shroud of grey. Neither is Malaysia spared; several parts of the Peninsula register unhealthy pollution readings. Reports again point to land and...

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