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Natural gas build-up endangers coastal residents in the Philippines

On the coast of Batangas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and gas-fired power plants are projected to nearly triple. A mix of pipelines, jetties, and tankers would soon accumulate in the Verde Island Passage—a center of marine biodiversity. As the Philippines pushes forward with its vision to become an LNG Trading and Transshipment Hub for […]

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A Southeast Asian’s Guide to Breaking Into the Impact Sector

The quest for impact-driven work is a rising priority across Southeast Asia.  A new report reveals that 98% of 2,023 Southeast Asian workers feel it’s important to find a sense of purpose through their careers. And, a company’s social responsibility reputation is a critical consideration for 77% of jobseekers. This surging desire to align professional

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Seeds Of Struggle: Reaping Climate-Resilient Crops Through Peasant Science

by Dominic Gutoman The recent drought in the Philippines, brought by El Niño, put farmers at a grave disadvantage on the frontlines of food security and environmental defense. Lauro G. Diego, 63, a farmer based in Bataan, Philippines, is among the one million farmers affected by El Niño, with agricultural damage reaching P6.3 billion ($109

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What ASEAN Changemakers Read In Their Free Time

Between launching initiatives, building movements, and lobbying for progress, what do changemakers read in their free time? Changemakers in the ASEAN region share the titles and tomes that keep them educated, inspired, and mentally recharged. From memoirs offering personal inspiration, to analytical texts unpacking complex challenges, the changemaker’s reading list highlight the value of constantly

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How a Singaporean science channel creates reels that get up to 3M views

  “Hi guys!” This is the signature opener of Kong Man Jing, a teacher-turned-content creator making science accessible. Her bespectacled face takes up the entire screen in 9:16 aspect ratio before the reel cuts to reveal she is once again wearing a yellow polka-dot dress. The fast-talking host raps out science facts in laymanized language

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Tree planting in the wrong places can exacerbate climate change

Is your tree planting program heating up the planet?

A new study warns that tree planting efforts could actually make global warming worse if undertaken in the wrong places. Published just 36 days ago, the study reveals how adding trees can paradoxically lead to heating instead of cooling. Coincidentally, a record-breaking heat wave hits South and Southeast Asia. Temperatures as high as 44°C force

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I fell for greenwashing. Here’s advice from experts so you won’t

I worked for a fake sustainable fashion brand. I didn’t know until it was too late. In college, I started freelancing for purpose-driven organizations and soon got an offer I couldn’t resist: the chance to work with a Canadian clothing brand that promoted environmentalism. The founder lives an eco-friendly lifestyle and started the brand with

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News Digest | March 2024

Asia struggles to contain record e-waste deluge, UN report shows An electronics factory in Indonesia. Asia is the largest user and discarder of electronic gadgets, while recycling rates remain low. Image: Flickr/ ILO Asia-Pacific. According to a UN report on e-waste, the amount of abandoned electronic gadgets worldwide increased to a record 62 million tonnes in 2022,

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Pride 2023 highlight: Will Thailand finally take a step toward same-sex marriage?

Like the rest of the world, Thailand celebrates Pride Month by hosting the most inclusive, striking, and alive events to honor the LGBTQ+ community. As a much-needed safe space in a country where queer rights and expression are increasingly being suppressed, the parade, which was first conducted in the nation’s capital in 2006, has long

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