Cook & Grow: Cambodians Find Biodigesters a Gas

Cook & Grow: Cambodians Find Biodigesters a Gas

An innovative household biodigester has proved itself to a point where a consortium of international investors has put down $1 million for further expansion in Cambodia and for exploring new markets in other countries. According to its developer, ATEC Biodigesters International — a social enterprise co-owned by Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Australia, and Live and […]

Indonesian Scientist: Palm Oil Cancer Risk Doesn’t Warrant Ban

Indonesian Scientist: Palm Oil Cancer Risk Doesn’t Warrant Ban

An Indonesian food technologist admits that palm oil – which is widely used in the processed food industry – has a potentially carcinogenic contaminant, but says no epidemiological study has been carried out on its impact on human health. Controversy has raged over the carcinogenic potential of palm oil since May 2016 when the European […]

Philippine Rickshaw’s Gets a Hemp Make-Over

On July 1 Filipino and South Korean scientists commenced a project to develop sidecars for tricycle made almost entirely of abaca fibre composites. This is the first time that abaca – a species of banana native to the Philippines – will be used as a passenger load-bearing component. The Philippines is the world’s major source […]

Indonesia Forest Fires Carbon Emissions Surpass All of EU

Indonesia Forest Fires Carbon Emissions Surpass All of EU

Indonesia forest fires last year released 11.3 million tonnes of carbon per day, exceeding the daily rate of 8.9 million tonnes of carbon emissions from the whole of the European Union, a study says. The 2015 fires were the worst since 1997 when a strong El Niño also fanned widespread Indonesia forest fires, says the […]

China’s Jinghong Dam Release Unlikely to Ease SEA Drought

China’s Jinghong Dam Release Unlikely to Ease SEA Drought

The amount of water that will be released from China’s Jinghong dam until April 10 could be too low to help alleviate drought-stricken Southeast Asia. The Chinese government has not clarified the exact amount of water to be released from the Jinghong dam, located in the southwestern province of Yunnan, so the extent to which the […]