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A woman carries her child as she walks through a flooded road in Kyaung Kone in Irrawaddy Region, Myanmar, August 12, 2016. / Soe Zayar Tun / Reuters

In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, causing loss of lives and widespread destruction of property. The category 4 cyclone strongly reiterated two facts: climate change and its repercussions have to be recognized and tackled; and, secondly, a natural disaster has the ability to bring people and civil society organizations together for re-building the spirit of the country. It was a critical moment of reflection for the nation, to take stock of its vulnerability and preparedness against an enemy which had generated havoc and panic for all.

Read more: Climate Change: A Permanent Reality for Myanmar


After the mass coral in 2010, researchers discovered that between five to ten percent of the coral reefs in Malaysian Marine Parks  had died.

Hard coral species at dive sites in Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil are in danger of being completely destroyed by divers and snorkellers who ignore warnings by marine parks not to step on them.

Read more: Careless people damaging our corals


"Employers are starting to recognise the benefits of having greenery in work spaces," says Mr Veera, who set up Greenology in 2008, during the financial crisis . PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

To some, having "green fingers" is seen as a gift. But what about having a way with plants, and being able to run a successful business?

Veera Sekaran, 55, has both. He is the founder and managing director of Greenology, a company specialising in urban greenery. Greenology has about 39 employees, including foreign workers.

When Mr Veera first mooted the idea of providing "green walls", better known as vertical gardens, many people advised him against doing it.

Greenology was set up in 2008, during the financial crisis.

"Many people told me nobody would want to have a vertical garden because it is considered a luxury, and it was in the middle of a financial crisis then," he says.

Read more: Creating a vertical urban jungle



FRANKFURT AM MAIN: Buffeted by scandals and threatened by driving bans, diesel has become the bete noire of the auto industry. But as the second anniversary of ‘dieselgate’ approaches, is the engine of choice for millions of European drivers really in its death throes?

Read more: Two years after ‘dieselgate’, can diesel be saved?


Production of high-quality coffees such as Arabica are at risk as a result of rising temperatures and changes in the bee population. AFP file photo

WASHINGTON: Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns seed production could drop by nearly 90 percent by 2050.

Read more: Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers


ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy Cimatu called for more convergence among member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in promoting mangrove development and conservation.

Read more: Cimatu: Mangroves critical to Asean


SINGAPORE – Hurricane Harvey, which pummeled the Texas coast at the end of August, and Hurricane Irma, which caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean and Florida this month, are the latest manifestation of a jump in extreme floods and storms.

Read more: Being better prepared for the spike in floods and storms


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