Can the Philippines Contain African Swine Fever?

Can the Philippines Contain African Swine Fever?

Lab tests have confirmed that African swine fever caused the deaths of pig herds in at least seven villages near Manila and a multiagency body will be set up to ensure the highly contagious disease does not spread further, Philippine officials said Monday. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said 14 of 20 blood samples sent to a British lab tested positive for the disease but further tests were needed to ascertain…

Elephant Roadkill: Thailand Grapples With Pachyderms on the Pavement

Elephant Roadkill: Thailand Grapples With Pachyderms on the Pavement

A three-tonne elephant attempted to cross the road in mid-August in Chonburi Province just two hours outside of Bangkok when she was struck by an 18-wheeler. Her back broken, a crane lifted her into a truck to transport her to a hospital in Nakhon Pathom. She was seven years old. With only 3,000 wild elephants left in the Land of Smiles, losses like this are tragic — though perhaps preventable. …

Two Wheels Good: Motorbike Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

Two Wheels Good: Motorbike Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

They weave through traffic-clogged roads every day, cutting short journeys that could take triple the time by car. For millions of commuters across Southeast Asia, they are a transport lifeline. But in Malaysia, the advent of the ubiquitous motorbike taxi has sparked a furious debate of late. Unlike neighbors Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam — where motorbike taxis were an integral part of urban life even before ride-hailing apps — Malaysia hasn’t…