Asia Pacific Topics

Oct 29, 2015

Rains clear smog in Southeast Asia

Rain and favorable winds have brought clear skies to vast areas of Southeast Asia stricken for weeks by hazardous smoke from Indonesian fires, with officials expressing hope Thursday that the crisis could end soon. Parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore enjoyed the cleanest air ...

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Oct 22, 2015

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Dense haze produced by Indonesian forest fires has caused some of the worst pollution levels in southern Thailand in a decade, officials said Thursday, resulting in delayed flights in an area popular with tourists. For nearly two months, thousands of fires caused by slash-and-burn ...

Pregnant chimp adopts orphan in 'unheard of' act

Oct 15, 2015

Pregnant chimp adopts orphan in 'unheard of' act

An Australian zoo Wednesday unveiled a baby chimp adopted by a pregnant female in an “unheard of” act after his mother died during birth. Baby Boon was orphaned when mum Soona died shortly after he was born at Monarto Zoo, southeast of Adelaide, late ...

Oct 5, 2015

Smog-shrouded Malaysia shuts schools for two days

Malaysia on Monday shut most schools nationwide for two days to protect children from a thick, noxious haze caused by smoke from burning forests in neighboring Indonesia. The haze, which has shrouded parts of Malaysia and Singapore for about a month, also spread to ...

Oct 4, 2015

Malaysia shuts schools as choking smog worsens

Malaysian authorities on Sunday ordered most of the country’s schools shut for two days because of possible health risks posed by the thick haze from Indonesian forest fires. The education ministry said all schools, except a handful in outlying areas, must close their doors ...

Oct 2, 2015

Indonesia forest fires could become worst on record: NASA

Forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, scientists warn, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb the crisis. Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid ...

Australia to test shark deterrents after wave of attacks

Sep 30, 2015

Australia to test shark deterrents after wave of attacks

Australian shark experts will test cutting-edge technology — including electrical barriers powered by wave energy — following an “unprecedented” series of attacks on swimmers. The country has one of the world’s highest incidences of shark attacks and researchers from around the world met in ...