Up to 48 per cent of low birth weight babies in the world are born in South Asia, mainly due to the mothers' poor health and women's lack of empowerment. This poses a serious threat on sustainable development in the region, say experts.
Once cited as the city with the worst air pollution in all of Southeast Asia, Jakarta's residents are springing to action with campaigns for cleaner air and a lawsuit that demands to end China-backed coal plant development.
Abhas K. Jha –
Overcrowded, dirty, and disorderly cities undermine residents’ health as much as their happiness. With urbanisation occurring at an unprecedented rate, there is an urgent need for careful planning, collaboration, communication, and consensus.
Buyung Hadi –
Pesticide use saves about 30 to 50 per cent of food that would have been lost to insects and diseases, but it comes with a cost to consumer health. Is there a safer alternative? Buyung Hadi discusses.
Pats Oliva –
Asia's hospitals are a huge source of waste and fossil fuel emissions. Health Care Without Harm Asia’s Pats Oliva argues why hospitals in the region need to work towards low-carbon healthcare.
Amid ample evidence of the direct link between air quality and overall mental health and happiness, focusing on just objective indicators understates the true welfare cost of poor air, writes University of Leeds' Peter Howley.
Worldwide, 100 million families are stuck in a cycle of poverty and disease because of the lack of access to clean water. What would it take to slake humanity's thirst for water in a sustainable way?