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Clean Me a River: Southeast Asia Chokes on Mekong Plastic Pollution


Study finds that micro-plastics in Mekong River are drifting to Western Philippines and Indonesia, contaminating seafood and disrupting marine life, in the Coral Triangle's area.


Miyawaki Forests Are a Global Sensation, but Not Everyone’s Sold on Them


According to Mitsubishi’s website, the Miyawaki project aims “to demonstrate the feasibility of restoring degraded forest land to conditions that closely resemble a natural forested ecosystem within 40 to 50 years.” However, a 1993 paper from Friends of the Earth didn’t look so kindly on the Miyawaki project in Bintulu...


Latest Environmentalist Arrest Shocks Vietnam’s Battered Civil Society


The Vietnamese government has a track record of charging critics of the government’s environmental policies of tax evasion.


Indonesia Eyes Enrolling More Ports in Fight Against Illegal Fishing


Indonesia’s estimated fish stock is 12 million metric tons, down almost 4% from 2017, while 53% of its fisheries management zones are considered “fully exploited,” up from 44% in 2017.


Indonesia, Malaysia Deploy Ministers To Push Back on EU Palm Oil Restrictions


The world’s two biggest palm oil producers have long protested EU policies against palm oil, calling them discriminatory and protectionist of Europe’s own oilseeds industry.


Illegal Fishing, Worker Abuse Claims Leave a Bad Taste for Bumble Bee Seafood


A new report by Greenpeace East Asia has found that Bumble Bee Seafoods and its parent company, Fong Chun Formosa Fishery Company of Taiwan, are sourcing seafood from vessels involved in human rights abuses as well as illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing practices.


Typhoon Exposes Biodiversity Haven Palawan’s Vulnerability — And Resilience


Experts say the storm-damaged forests can recover — if they aren’t disturbed by human incursions, fires, or additional storms.


As World Sours on Coal, Top Producer Indonesia Tries To Sweeten It at Home


Indonesia’s coal industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. The government’s solution triggers debate on the future of the country’s energy policy.


Illegal Trade of Philippine Pangolins Is Surging, Report Shows


Illegal pangolin trade in the Philippines increased nine-fold in the last two years, with the authorities confiscating an estimated 6,894 pangolins between 2018 and 2019.


Arrests in Indonesia Probe Into Latest Case of Labor Abuses on Chinese Fishing Boats


Following a spate of revelations about Indonesian workers suffering abusive conditions on board Chinese fishing boats, Indonesian authorities have opened three investigations into at least six deaths.

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