Environment

RISE 2: Considerations of saltwater, fish, mangroves & people, oil & plastic

From remote Torres Strait to mega-cities like Jakarta, enforced climate refugee status continues to increase.

“Building Back Better” than what? Lessons in Indonesia after volcanic eruptions

The Sendai Framework lays out clear actions to reduce disaster risk. But how effective is it?

Human rights in the age of Southeast Asian extractivism

Analysing the development of Filipino, Thai and Indonesian laws and policies for the achievement of the human right to a healthy environment.

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Hydro-power projects and cultural rights for Bunong communities in Cambodia

The LSS2 dam blocked 2 of the Mekong River Basin's largest rivers, with serious social, economic and cultural impacts.

In Indonesia, Sumatra’s coal brings more harm than good

The coal sector is strongly linked to national and regional oligarchs, and coal businesses often play a role as financiers for political candidates.

Indonesia’s geopolitical future needs robust climate action

Equipping activism with a geopolitical angle might prove useful, giving environmentalism a base in foreign policy and economic nationalism.

New Mandala and environmental justice in 2022 – call for submissions

New Mandala invites submissions on the most pressing environmental justice issues in the Southeast Asia.

Countering climate collapse: the Spring Revolution must centre indigenous voices

In the midst of the Spring Revolution, new opportunities arise for climate justice.

Misinformation & government inaction fuel vaccine hesitancy in the Philippines

95% of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people in resettlement sites built after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 are not vaccinated.

Conservation of Timor-Leste’s world-class marine ecology is not being taken seriously

Teeming with the greatest fish species biodiversity on the planet, these seas are under threat from large and small scale illegal fishing compounded by lax law enforcement.

Nationalist rhetoric is impeding climate action in Indonesia

Indonesia's environmental policies are at odds with the rhetoric around palm oil production and Indonesians are not equipped with enough information to understand the risks of a changing climate.

‘Green Islam’: Islamic environmentalism in Indonesia

Indonesia promises a future of Quran-inspired sustainability and renewables but is constrained by fossil fuel interests in government.

Warming to climate change

Can the new climate change ministry navigate the complex politics of competing interests when tackling the threats of extreme weather? Or is an independent commission answerable to Parliament needed to hold the government to account?

Orangutans and ‘non-human’ rights

Should we recognise humanity in another species?

The benefits of mud houses

Murray Hunter explores the development benefits of mud houses.