Asia & Pacific https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/ News, analysis, multimedia and other resources about science and technology in Asia and the Pacific, including agriculture, environment, health, governance, enterprise, communication, and more. Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT en Lifestyle diseases swamp Asia’s healthcare systems https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/lifestyle-diseases-swamp-asia-s-healthcare-systems.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/lifestyle-diseases-swamp-asia-s-healthcare-systems.html Cardiovascular diseases linked to lifestyle are swamping Asia Pacific’s healthcare systems, says report. Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT A cloud of questions hangs over the promise of tech https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/ethics/editorials/a-cloud-of-questions-hangs-over-the-promise-of-tech-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/ethics/editorials/a-cloud-of-questions-hangs-over-the-promise-of-tech-1.html The wider impacts of technological solutions need careful scrutiny. Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:19:00 GMT Hope and despair for Paris Accord goals at COP24 https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/climate-change/columns/hope-and-despair-for-paris-accord-goals-at-cop24.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/climate-change/columns/hope-and-despair-for-paris-accord-goals-at-cop24.html COP24 teeters between hope and despair over whether the Paris Accord goals will be met on time. Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Eating for the environment? https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/environment/scidev-net-at-large/food-system-impact-on-climate-change.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/environment/scidev-net-at-large/food-system-impact-on-climate-change.html Current global food systems are negatively impacting climate change, says study presented at nutrition meet. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 01:00:00 GMT UN project aims to nix ships’ most dangerous stowaways https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/fisheries/news/un-project-aims-to-nix-ships-most-dangerous-stowaways-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/fisheries/news/un-project-aims-to-nix-ships-most-dangerous-stowaways-1.html Invasive species hitch a ride around the ocean on ships, but there are smart ways to stop it. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT ‘India’s unapproved drug combinations are risky’ https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/medicine/news/india-s-unapproved-drug-combinations-are-risky.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/medicine/news/india-s-unapproved-drug-combinations-are-risky.html India’s fixed dose formulations against TB and malaria are risky and may lead to drug resistance, says study. Mon, 03 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT ASEAN countries lag on renewable energy https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/columns/asean-countries-lag-on-renewable-energy.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/columns/asean-countries-lag-on-renewable-energy.html While China and India are leaders in renewables, their smaller South-East Asian neighbours are lagging. Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:00:00 GMT The human face of digital health https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/feature/the-human-face-of-digital-health-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/feature/the-human-face-of-digital-health-1.html How can health workers on the front line better use high tech, low tech ‒ or no tech? Anita Makri reports from Bellagio. Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:25:00 GMT Adolescent girls vulnerable to malnutrition—report https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/adolescent-girls-vulnerable-to-malnutrition-report.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/adolescent-girls-vulnerable-to-malnutrition-report.html The 2018 Global Malnutrition Report says adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable to nutrition issues. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT High-level UN meet to tackle hunger and obesity https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/high-level-un-meet-to-tackle-hunger-and-obesity.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/high-level-un-meet-to-tackle-hunger-and-obesity.html FAO and IFPRI backed conference to discuss malnutrition related to hunger as well as obesity and overweight. Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: ‘There is a silent rejection’ of large health interventions https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/supported-content/silent-rejection-of-large-health-interventions-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/supported-content/silent-rejection-of-large-health-interventions-1.html Health solutions co-designed with communities are proving more effective, says Vishwajeet Kumar . Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:50:16 GMT Big data in the balance https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/data/supported-content/big-data-in-the-balance-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/data/supported-content/big-data-in-the-balance-1.html Every digital step we take leaves a trace. How to ensure the benefits outweigh the risks? Anita Makri reports from Bellagio. Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:20:17 GMT More role models needed to inspire women to pursue science https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/gender/role-models/more-role-models-needed-to-inspire-women-to-pursue-science.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/gender/role-models/more-role-models-needed-to-inspire-women-to-pursue-science.html Female head of the Philippine microsatellite project wants to serve as a role model to inspire women to pursue STEM. Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT The tech fix that won’t secure food supplies https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/farming/supported-content/tech-fix-secure-food-supplies-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/farming/supported-content/tech-fix-secure-food-supplies-1.html How can small farmers avoid getting ‘locked in’ by technology? Anita Makri reports from Bellagio. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:21:55 GMT Gel to shield Indian farmers from pesticide overuse https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/feature/gel-to-shield-indian-farmers-from-pesticide-overuse.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/feature/gel-to-shield-indian-farmers-from-pesticide-overuse.html A gel developed by Indian scientists may help protect farmers exposed to poorly regulated pesticide use. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: Nutrition solutions lie beyond health https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/nutrition/supported-content/q-a-nutrition-solutions-lie-beyond-health-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/nutrition/supported-content/q-a-nutrition-solutions-lie-beyond-health-1.html Nutrition policy needs to target areas where food isn’t the only challenge, says Zulfiqar Bhutta. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: Science is still biased towards staple crops https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/climate-change/supported-content/q-a-science-is-still-biased-towards-staple-crops.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/climate-change/supported-content/q-a-science-is-still-biased-towards-staple-crops.html Farmers rely on information to climate-proof their businesses and diversify their crop. IFAD’s Paul Winters tells SciDev.Net how science can help overcome remaining barriers. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:35:35 GMT Renewables edging out coal in South-East Asia https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/news/renewables-edging-out-coal-in-south-east-asia.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/news/renewables-edging-out-coal-in-south-east-asia.html By 2029, renewable energy will be cheaper than burning coal in major South-East Asian countries, says study. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: ‘Sustainable energy makes people bankable’ https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/supported-content/q-a-sustainable-energy-makes-people-bankable-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/supported-content/q-a-sustainable-energy-makes-people-bankable-1.html Energy provision is about more than keeping the lights on. It can create wealth and make users financially viable, says Skoll-prize winner Harish Hande. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:07:29 GMT One simple questionnaire could help spot autism in many countries https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/one-simple-questionnaire-could-help-spot-autism-in-many-countries-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/one-simple-questionnaire-could-help-spot-autism-in-many-countries-1.html Most cases of autism go undiagnosed in poor countries, but questionnaires could help spot them – if they account for cultural differences. Tue, 06 Nov 2018 08:47:19 GMT