Getting Singapore’s eateries and companies to switch to #sustainable palm oil

Here is a short digest of news I’ve written for the PM.Haze October Newletter. A full list of past newsletters can be found on the PM.Haze site. How to fight the haze three times a day The first part of my news analysis addresses an excellent article, How to fight the haze three times a day, written … Continue reading Getting Singapore’s eateries and companies to switch to #sustainable palm oil

Where Australia Collides with Asia – by Ian Burnet

Some historical narratives can be difficult to follow when they are punctuated by countless footnotes and bibliographic references, or broken by a frequent need to delve into appendices. Ian Burnet frees his work from these impediments.  By seamlessly embedding his sources he has produced an almost conversational style. The result is an erudite narrative flow, … Continue reading Where Australia Collides with Asia – by Ian Burnet

Tackling the smoke #haze problem with alternative sustainable #peatland production

In 2015 I was forced to leave Singapore when the smoke haze, mainly from fires burning on Sumatran peatlands, became so heavy it was unhealthy for me to remain. My exit was easy but the people in Sumatra and Kalimantan, particularly Central Kalimantan, were not so fortunate.  All of those in affected areas were living in far … Continue reading Tackling the smoke #haze problem with alternative sustainable #peatland production

#Peatland and forest burning for palm oil production continues, but at what cost?

Harvard and Columbia University researchers have used air pollution readings to calculate exposure to the toxic smoke haze that drifted across Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, last year. Their research suggests 100,000 premature deaths in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, arising from this event.

#BookLaunch of ‘Seen & Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia & the #Pacific’

  This is a Chitter Media Production, produced and edited by Adrian Metlenko, camera operators Adrian Metlenko and Evan Darnley-Pentes.

#ElNino’s impact in #Asia looms as one of the most serious and is exacerbated by dams

In China the Mekong River is called the Lancang River. For some years I've been concerned about dam construction on the upper part of the Mekong that flows through China. International Rivers advises that Seven megadams have already been built, and over 20 more are under construction or being planned in Yunnan, Tibet and Qinghai.  … Continue reading #ElNino’s impact in #Asia looms as one of the most serious and is exacerbated by dams

A sampler of ‘Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia & the #Pacific’

Here is an overview of my book Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from Asia & the Pacific with a selection of images reflecting aspects of the stories that unfold in its pages. Both paperback and kindle versions of the book are available through Amazon. Further background on my book is also available on it's website.