The Light That Never Goes Out

Azerbaijan is known as “The Land of Fire”, and aptly so. When Marco Polo visited the then-Persian city of Baku, he wrote about numerous...

Travel and Adventure

Science

The Lungs of the Earth

The oceans are crucial to regulating climate and act as “the lungs of the Earth”, with algae and cyanobacteria in seawater providing up to 80 percent of the atmospheric oxygen which we rely on to breathe. The oceans also house over 230,000 marine species, with estimates that there are between one and 10 million species still undiscovered. Alongside their own intrinsic value, many of these marine species provide important goods and services. Collectively, ocean-related services and business are estimated to contribute over USD500 billion to the world’s economy.

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Culture

Beras – Splendour of a continent

Text & Photos by Jon Ramlan Rice is life to the people of Asia; as Asians, we all know that. We also know that it...

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Indonesia: Raja Ampat

Take your pick from the hundreds of dive sites teeming with marine life in this fascinating region. By Rachel KwekWell-known for its pristine and colourful reefs teeming with diverse species of marine life, Raja Ampat is undeniably one of the most desirable diving destinations in the world. Situated in...

Lost & Found – The Oxus treasure

Text & Photos by Sophie Ibbotson & Max Lovell-Hoare   The thought of driving the road from Kabul, Afghanistan to Peshawar, Pakistan strikes fear into the heart of the most experienced traveller. However, before the militants, before the Taliban, and even before the Soviet invasion of 1979, this was still a...

Ancient Pillars to the Sky

The ancient Yakusugi trees of Yakushima are amongst the very oldest and largest of Asia’s living things. These evergreen cedars can be found on the circular island of Yakushima, lying near the southern tip of the Japanese archipelago with a mountainous interior that is mostly forested wilderness. These World Heritage-listed groves, called Cryptomeria japonica, are the national tree of Japan and are nestled within the valleys of these hills.

Melting Earth

Over the past century, mountain glaciers and ice caps, together with the melting of, or the “calving” off of icebergs, have been contributing to rising sea levels.

Current Affairs

Rejecting the Crown: The Coronavirus Pandemic

The label “Made in China” is perhaps preferred in association with the nation’s consumer goods. Its notorious export at present, however, is SARS-CoV-2, the...

Flowing Through Our Hearts: The International Day of Action for Rivers

According to International Rivers, the International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world...

Coronavirus Continues Killing Innocents

2020 began with a shocking start for everyone as the infectious CoronaVirus swallowed China and the rest of the word. Originally stemming from animal markets in Wuhan (China), the virus is said to have mutated and was passed onto humans from the animals. The virus has crossed Chinese borders and is now spreading to several other regions. Global death tolls have reached 132, and the number of total confirmed infections has risen to 6,000. 

China’s Attempt at Mitigating Plastic Waste

Text: Sitaraah Joshi Imagine looking over an endless sea of overcrowded, cluttered waste. Such is the plight of the heaps of rubbish that have been...

Yangtze’s Chinese Paddlefish: Declared Extinct

China’s Yangtze River was once teeming with Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius). The largest specimen recorded was seven metres long and weighed 450KG, making it...

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The Uniquely Southeast Asian Sport of Sepak Takraw

Sepak takraw may have been around since the 15th century, but it’s no forgotten relic. Find out more about the history of this fast-growing sport – and its bid for Olympic recognition

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