Thursday, September 21, 2017

What China can teach America about clean air for the people

Every year, more than four million people around the world die prematurely from breathing dirty air. In China alone, the number of deaths attributable to air pollution exceeds one million annually.

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Robotics add new life to Japan’s aging farm workforce

Collaboration between farmers and robots may prove vital to allowing Japan’s aging agricultural workforce to continue producing for crops while ensuring wisdom learned from years on the land is not lost.

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A China card for the Middle East

The list of crises plaguing the Middle East is growing. In Yemen, a civil war rages amid an uncontrollable cholera epidemic.

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Is Singapore fit to take ASEAN’s helm?

Singapore is no longer a boring political place which finds its substitute excitement in neighbouring Malaysia or Indonesia. It has plenty of its own now.

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To fight antimicrobial resistance

Two weeks ago, G20 leaders committed to working together to address one of the world’s most pressing and perplexing security threats: antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – a fierce and evolving adversary against which conventional therapeutic weapons are of no use.

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Major change for Thai seafood industry

Thailand is on the brink of making real progress toward the elimination of destructive fishing and human rights abuses in its seafood supply chains. As a potential yellow card de-listing from the European Commission looms, it remains to be seen whether the country will take the steps needed to fully meet the standards to eliminate human rights abuse in the seafood industry.

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In Philippines, climate change and conflict conspire against rural women

Heavily exposed to increasing incidence of extreme weather events, the Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the world.

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China’s two-child policy will restore social balance

The change in the family planning policy, which allows couples across China to have two children, is one of the biggest policy developments in the past five years. The comprehensive reforms, which includes the easing of the one-child policy, were unveiled at the Third Plenum of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee in 2013.

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Modern slavery and tourism: when holidays and exploitation collide

Holidays are a privilege that many who are fortunate to take them look forward to. They are an opportunity to indulge, relax and recharge – and what could be better than being able to do so while doing good?

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Japan’s aging society prompts redefinition of the term ‘elderly’

AN early advocate of healthy living to stave off aging-related illnesses, Shigeaki Hinohara, a Japanese doctor, saw patients until just months before bidding farewell to this world at the age of 105 on Tuesday. In 1954, Hinohara introduced comprehensive annual physical tests, part of the preventive medical system said to contribute to Japanese people’s longevity.

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