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. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT en Developing countries need access to cool living spaces https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/news/developing-countries-need-access-to-cool-living-spaces.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/news/developing-countries-need-access-to-cool-living-spaces.html Study links meeting several sustainable development goals (SDGs) to affordable living space cooling. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT SDGs ‘failing to create transformational change’ https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/sdgs/news/sdgs-failing-to-create-transformational-change-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/sdgs/news/sdgs-failing-to-create-transformational-change-1.html They are often applied to work that was already being done, AAAS hears. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:49:32 GMT Immune cell interaction prompts new dengue vaccine https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/disease/news/immune-cell-interaction-prompts-new-dengue-vaccine.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/disease/news/immune-cell-interaction-prompts-new-dengue-vaccine.html Reactions observed between two types of immune cells may lead to new dengue vaccine, say researchers. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Satellites check oil palm expansion in Borneo https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/conservation/opinion/satellites-check-oil-palm-expansion-in-borneo.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/conservation/opinion/satellites-check-oil-palm-expansion-in-borneo.html Satellite data and computational power bring accountability to the expansion of palm oil plantations in Borneo. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Parasitic diseases return to China via Belt and Road https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/disease/news/parasitic-diseases-return-to-china-via-belt-and-road.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/disease/news/parasitic-diseases-return-to-china-via-belt-and-road.html China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Asia and Africa is facilitating a resurgence of parasitic diseases. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Bulk of Himalayan glaciers could vanish by 2100 https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/climate-change/news/bulk-of-himalayan-glaciers-could-vanish-by-2100.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/climate-change/news/bulk-of-himalayan-glaciers-could-vanish-by-2100.html Paris climate agreement goals won’t stop a third of Himalayan glaciers from vanishing by 2100, says study. Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Arsenic in groundwater – no silver bullet https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/arsenic-in-groundwater-no-silver-bullet.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/arsenic-in-groundwater-no-silver-bullet.html A review of 31 available technologies to remove arsenic from groundwater says no universal method exists. Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT North-South research partnerships need to be equal https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/opinion/north-south-research-partnerships-need-to-be-equal.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/opinion/north-south-research-partnerships-need-to-be-equal.html Research partnerships tend to be dominated by the priorities and agendas of the global North. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Brain-damaging West Nile Virus detected in Pakistan https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/disease/news/brain-damaging-west-nile-virus-detected-in-pakistan.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/disease/news/brain-damaging-west-nile-virus-detected-in-pakistan.html Researchers who detected the West Nile Virus in donor blood samples in Pakistan call for surveillance. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Air pollution cuts worker productivity — study https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/pollution/news/aerial-pollution-cuts-worker-productivity-study.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/pollution/news/aerial-pollution-cuts-worker-productivity-study.html A study conducted in China shows that prolonged exposure to air pollution reduces workers’ productivity. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT The great Indian science circus https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/influencing/feature/the-great-indian-science-circus.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/influencing/feature/the-great-indian-science-circus.html Indian scientists push back against politicians who bend science for political gain. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT China’s gene edited babies spark need for global rules https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/genomics/columns/china-s-gene-edited-babies-spark-need-for-global-rules.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/genomics/columns/china-s-gene-edited-babies-spark-need-for-global-rules.html The birth of the world’s first gene-edited babies raises scientific, as well as ethical, questions. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Indigenous people to have say in UN climate policy https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/indigenous/news/indigenous-people-to-have-say-in-un-climate-policy.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/indigenous/news/indigenous-people-to-have-say-in-un-climate-policy.html Indigenous peoples will, through a new platform, have a say in implementation of UN climate programmes. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Açaí fruit can transmit Chagas disease https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/a-a-fruit-can-transmit-chagas-disease-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/a-a-fruit-can-transmit-chagas-disease-1.html Studies link the spread of Chagas disease to artisanal juice made from açaí berries. Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Fish protein wafers to ease acute malnutrition in children https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/fish-protein-wafers-to-ease-acute-malnutrition-in-children.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/news/fish-protein-wafers-to-ease-acute-malnutrition-in-children.html Wafers made of fish protein could save thousands of severely malnourished Asian children. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT India to double spending on public health https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/funding/news/india-to-double-spending-on-public-health.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/funding/news/india-to-double-spending-on-public-health.html India’s ambitious plan to double spending on public health has been greeted by experts with mixed reactions. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Malaysian scientist leads cancer research in South-East Asia https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/role-models/lady-scientist-leads-cancer-research-in-south-east-asia.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/health/role-models/lady-scientist-leads-cancer-research-in-south-east-asia.html Cancer scientist Cheong Sok Ching seeks to erase the stigma of cancer through her work in research and innovation. Sat, 29 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan can meet SDGs by tapping wind, solar energy https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/news/pakistan-can-meet-sdgs-by-tapping-wind-solar-energy.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/energy/news/pakistan-can-meet-sdgs-by-tapping-wind-solar-energy.html Pakistan’s massive wind and solar potential can help it meet sustainable development goals. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT India’s air pollution deadlier than tobacco – study https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/pollution/news/india-s-air-pollution-deadlier-than-tobacco-study.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/pollution/news/india-s-air-pollution-deadlier-than-tobacco-study.html As many as 1.24 million deaths in India were attributable to air pollution in 2017, says study. Sat, 22 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT The scourge of snakebite https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/spotlight/the-scourge-of-snakebite-2.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/asia-pacific/asia-pacific_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/asia-pacific/spotlight/the-scourge-of-snakebite-2.html Centuries-old treatments are in dire need of an update Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:48:25 GMT