Moody’s Investors Service gave the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank its highest possible rating of Aaa, with a stable outlook, on June 29, because of “the strength of AIIB’s governance frameworks, including its policies on risk management, capital adequacy and liquidity”.
Southeast Asia’s infrastructure boom threatens to destroy the few remaining wilderness sanctuaries in the region.
Vietnam should calculate in advance damage caused by climate change as its effects have become more obvious and devastating in recent years, with changes in temperature and rainfall, sea level rises and extreme weather.
According to the recently-released 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Myanmar moved up 12 places in the rankings since last year and stands at 131 among 180 countries.
The rivers have escaped their banks. They have destroyed millions of rai of paddies and fields newly prepared for planting.
Declining costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and energy storage systems have inspired customers and businesses to change the way we produce and consume electricity. Already, several shopping malls and factories in Thailand are using rooftop solar PV systems, which convert sunlight into electricity, to help power their operations and lower their electricity bills.
It’s always difficult for the little guy to get his voice heard. For those who have found themselves downstream of the international river where transboundary development is taking place, like the Mekong River, your chances are nil.
Though Beijing has made inroads in addressing some concerns, the true structural challenges for the initiative remain.
The days of simply sticking a pipe in the ground and tapping a pool of easy-to-handle — and profitable — crude oil is fading. Maximising the planet’s oil reserves will challenge traditional thinking in order to harness technical know-how in a way that will have minimal impact on climate.