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Asia's plastic-polluted rivers pose a problem for Australia. So scientists are turning to drones

It’s one of 10 rivers in the world that collectively contribute up to 95 per cent of plastic in the ocean. Running for more than 4,000 kilometres, the Mekong River flows through six countries, starting in China and making its way through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia ...

Amy Bainbridge

ANZ compensates Cambodian families forcibly evicted to make way for sugar plantation

ANZ has agreed to compensate hundreds of Cambodian families who were forcibly evicted from their land to make way for a controversial sugar plantation and refinery. Phnom Penh Sugar, owned by tycoon and ruling party senator Ly Yong Phat, received a $40 million loan from ANZ joint ...

China's Mekong River dams are generating renewable energy, but are costing locals their livelihoods

Early in January, locals in the northern Thai village of Chiang Khong woke to find the Mekong River had dropped a metre overnight. The water level fell so rapidly that damp mud was still visible days later when the ABC visited the area and some boats ...

Amy Bainbridge and Supattra Vimonsuk

Fungus is the next 'superbug' to threaten human health

Humans and fungi have always coexisted. In fact, among microbes, fungi are our closest relatives, with far fewer genetic differences than there are for bacteria or viruses. So why are we now hearing so much about “mysterious” infections and “killer superbugs” emerging from the fungal world? When ...

Justin Beardsley

China warns citizens in Vietnam after protests fuel anti-Chinese sentiment

China has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fuelled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. Keep reading ...

Vietnam passes cybersecurity law despite concerns

Vietnamese legislators have passed a contentious cybersecurity law, which critics say will hurt the economy and further restrict freedom of expression. Keep reading ...

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi cancels Lowy Institute lecture

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is “not feeling well” and has pulled out of delivering a keynote speech in Sydney on Tuesday. Key points: Lowy Institute Lecture was set to be Suu Kyi’s only public arrangement in Australia Suu Kyi facing criticism over plight ...

Caitlyn Gribbin

Modern slavery: Corporations take action to free some of the 40 million slave workers

When one of the biggest food companies in the world, Nestle, found slavery in its supply chains in 2015 it made a public admission, a move praised by anti-slavery groups.[]The company’s investigation found many of the workers were from Myanmar and Cambodia. Some had been ...

Imogen Brennan

Typhoon Tembin moves from Philippines to Vietnam as death toll rises to 230

Hundreds of thousands of people in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have been evacuated as the region braces for the arrival of Tropical Storm Tembin, which left more than 230 people dead in the Philippines.Keep reading ...

ABC Reporter

Call for more Australian leadership as hunger rises in South-East Asia

Efforts to eradicate hunger are stalling within the Asia Pacific, with almost 500 million people in the region lacking access to sufficient food.[]”However, in the last one or two years, it’s countries in South-East Asia, particularly in the Mekong region being Myanmar and Thailand and ...

Brett Worthington

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