While Southeast Asia is known as one of the world’s fastest-growing economic regions, home to booming metropolises like Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur, it also hosts some of the planet’s most vital ecological areas. The Greater Mekong, which includes Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, is key to this environmental vitality. According to the WWF, more than 2,200 new vertebrate and vascular plant species have been discovered in the region since 1997. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In the 1970s it was the most densely forested area on Earth. Since then, a third of that tree cover has been lost. Another third is expected to disappear by 2030. Urbanization, land use changes and agribusiness such as palm oil and rubber have devastated forests, along with the wildlife species which rely on them for habitat. The Greater Mekong is also home to one of the world’s major mangrove forest distributions, along with … [Read more...] about Charcoal trade a threat to Myanmar’s vital mangrove forests
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Paalala ng isang doktora na ikonsulta muna sa dentista kung nais gamitan ng baking soda at activated charcoal ang ngipin Minsan ba ay napapaisip ka ukol sa hitsura ng iyong ngipin – kung ito ay maputi o pantay-pantay ang kulay – tuwing ikaw ay napapangiti? Sa programang “Salamat Dok,” tinalakay ng oral surgeon na si Dr. Joyce Ambray kung paano nakatutulong ang baking soda at activated charcoal sa pagpapaputi ng ngipin, at ang mga tamang paraan ng pag-aplay nito sa ngipin. Ayon kay Ambray, mayroon mga katangian ang baking soda na nakatatanggal sa mga “stain” o mantsang naiiwan sa ngipin. “Mayroon kasi siyang property na cleansing, antiseptic and at the same time abrasive. So ang tinatanggal ng baking soda are extrinsic stains – ‘yong stains na nakukuha natin sa coffee, tea, chocolates, soda and other habits like smoking and ‘yong mga nagnganganga,” paliwanag ni Ambray. Isasama lamang ang baking soda sa toothbrush na may … [Read more...] about News Baking soda, activated charcoal mabisa nga bang pampaputi ng ngipin?
LOOP, an eco-friendly festival, popped up in Singapore on Dec 1, and will run until the end of the month. Sean Lim / Business Insider Doing one’s part to create a greener, more sustainable Earth is all the rage these days. One after another, companies and institutions are banning single-use plastic straws, restaurants are implementing plant-based “meat” in their menus, and now, a new eco-themed lifestyle festival has hit town. On Dec 1, LOOP, a pop-up championing environmental sustainability, made its first appearance in Singapore. Organisers claim it is the country’s first and longest pop-up of its kind. Located at The Incubator at Esplanade Park, the festival is free for all, and will run till Dec 31 this year. I paid the festival a visit during its launch and was immensely impressed by its welcoming, inclusive environment, and its interactive programmes. There are over 100 local eco-conscious craft makers, food and beverage vendors, and a series of … [Read more...] about I made a terrarium at Singapore’s first environmental pop-up festival – here are all the activities you can check out before year-end
caption Netflix’s controversial series “13 Reasons Why.” source Netflix Netflix ended its user reviews feature earlier this summer, citing “declining using over time.” But according to data compiled by Cordcutting.com, Netflix originals had also seen a steady year-over-year decline in user-rating scores, well before the company decided to bring its user reviews to an end. Netflix announced in July that it would phase out its user reviews feature by mid August, and the company’s stated reasoning, as reported by CNET, was that the feature had seen “declining usage over time.” But there could be another reason as well: Users were giving Netflix original shows and movies increasingly bad reviews. According to data compiled by Cordcutting.com (before Netflix wiped out its user reviews data in August), Netflix original series and films had also seen a steady year-over-year decline in user-rating scores, well … [Read more...] about Netflix originals were receiving increasingly bad user reviews when the company decided to kill the feature
SINGAPORE: A Government scheme to boost the salaries of low-income workers will undergo a review, with many previous recipients no longer qualifying for wage top-ups as their incomes had grown. The Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) is reviewed every three years, with the last in 2016. The upcoming review will be led by Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, with the results to be released next year.Mr Zaqy wrote in a Facebook post that the number of WIS recipients has fallen from 389,000 in 2015 to 366,000 in 2017. The scheme provides payouts of up to S$3,600 annually in cash and Central Provident Fund (CPF) top-ups for qualifying recipients. "On further examination, it soon became clear why this had happen," he wrote. "A total of 42,000 WIS recipients saw their incomes increase above the WIS income ceiling in 2016 and 2017."In other words, they 'graduated' out of WIS because they are now earning more. This is not a bad development at all." Mr Zaqy … [Read more...] about Wage top-up scheme for low-income workers to undergo review