Southeast Asia faces more severe effects of climate change than the rest of the world, McKinsey says

Southeast Asia could potentially face more severe consequences of climate change than other parts of the world, according to the business and economic research arm of consulting firm McKinsey.The research outlines the scope of potential impact climate change may have on Southeast Asian nations and ...

Thailand tops development index in Southeast Asia

Thailand ranks top among Southeast Asian nations in an annual report gauging progress toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.The SDGs are 17 goals set for 2030. They aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity. This year’s report shows Thailand ...

Southeast Asia to suffer intense, more frequent drought without government action: UN and Asean report

Drought in Southeast Asia may become even more frequent and intense if countries do not take steps to reduce its impact, according to a joint study from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) and Asean.Keep reading ...

Southeast Asia’s plastic-spewing ogre

Indonesia should be ashamed of its status as the world’s second-largest plastic waste producer after China. The government and all other stakeholders must do more to turn this appalling situation around.Keep reading ...

As questions are raised about ‘belt and road’, projects slow in Southeast Asia

China is reshaping the approach of its flagship “Belt and Road Initiative” in Southeast Asia, as Chinese projects in the region plunged last year amid growing global scrutiny of Beijing’s development strategy.Keep reading ...

Sarah Zheng

A damming trend

Hundreds of dams are being proposed for Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia. The negative social and environmental consequences—affecting everything from food security to the environment—greatly outweigh the positive changes of this grand-scale flood control, according to new research by Michigan State University.Keep reading ...

Southeast Asia sees investment boom, thanks to trade war

Southeast Asia is seeing a boom in foreign direct investment as the intensifying trade war between the US and China prompts companies to shift production to the region.Vietnam saw manufacturing inflows jump 18% in the first nine months of 2018, driven by investments including a ...

Thailand: Southeast Asia’s Last Hope for Wildlife?

With wildlife populations in Indochina in rapid decline, Thailand is the last great hope for the region’s natural heritage, particularly for large carnivores such as tigers and leopards. In fact, many donor organizations feel that Thailand has already achieved mid-level development status, making it more ...

Gregory McCann

Thailand prepares for ASEAN chairmanship in 2019

The integration story of Southeast Asian nations, widely known as “ASEAN”, began in 1967 and has since brought about significant changes to the Southeast Asian region.For decades, ASEAN has played an instrumental role in maintaining political stability, fostering economic,trade and investment cooperation, as well as ...

Prayut urges regional cooperation boost

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday (August 10) instructed the governors of 32 border provinces and Thai ambassadors to enhance cooperation with five neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia. Keep reading ...

Patpon Sabpaitoon

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