Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Great Flood

Legends and stories of waters rising high and deluging the lands are recorded and passed down through the generations by a number of cultures across Asia.

Before They are Silenced Forever

In Southeast Asia, songbirds are caught, caged and illegally traded. In true colonial fashion, humankind yearns to acquire that which he finds beautiful, but this tendency could silence nature's virtuousos forever.

Socotra: Yemen’s secret Garden of Eden

Text & photos by Alessandro Gandolfi/Parallelozero/TCS Like a modern-day Garden of Eden, the island of Socotra is a secret world filled with trees of knowledge...

Leading the Charge

Nepal offers an unusually positive example of a poor country whose strategies for development are simultaneously addressing climate change. It isn’t immediately obvious travelling through polluted Kathmandu, but a more careful look at the country as a whole reveals striking success at creating an all-renewable electricity system, a growing fleet of electric vehicles and motorbikes, renewable cooking systems, and a reforestation programme that is rapidly bringing forests back all across Nepal.

The Beauty of Neutrality

Research and investment into renewable energy has been growing since the president of the Maldives declared five years ago that the country would go carbon neutral by the year 2020, in hopes that the rest of the world would follow suit.

Vanishing Roots

One of the largest ethnic groups in Cambodia, the Kuy community lives in harmony with the forest. For them, life follows the organic rhythm of Nature, rooted in the essence of community life. “We call this place our home. This is where we feel protected,” they explain. A community strongly tied to their animist beliefs, the Kuy people says that the Neaktah – or ancestral spirits – have blessed their presence in the forest. The Neaktah watch over people and places, as long as they are paid respect through prayers and offerings.

Wave of Destruction: Remembering the 2014 Indian Ocean Tsunami

by Kathy PohThe way the oceans took all that they had was how a predator might pounce on its unsuspecting prey. As waters along...

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

By now, most of us are aware that there is a large patch of plastic floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What...

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