Category: Network News

2020 weather disasters boosted by climate change

The 10 costliest weather disasters worldwide this year saw insured damages worth US$150 billion, topping the figure for 2019 and reflecting a long-term impact of global warming, according to a report Monday. (AFP photo)

Elephant Santas spread virus awareness

Christmas and Thailand’s love of elephants combined Wednesday when four of the giant creatures dressed as Santa turned up at a school just outside Bangkok, complete with huge coronavirus masks. (AFP photo)

Why are Malaysia’s sea turtles disappearing?

Malaysia is home to important habitats for marine turtles such as nesting beaches for the laying of eggs and coral reefs and seagrass beds as their feeding grounds. (AFP photo)

Gig economy workers say they can no longer survive

Whether in Paris, Kuala Lumpur or California, gig economy workers fear they can no longer survive on meagre earnings from jobs that leave them increasingly vulnerable. (AFP photo)

Genetic Variants Linked To Severe COVID-19

Scientists said Friday they had identified genetic variants that made patients more likely to develop severe COVID-19. (AFP photo)

Record hunger in the Philippines

Hunger in the Philippines has reached a record high during the pandemic, according to pollster Social Weather Stations. (AFP photo)

Pfizer Chief: No Corners Cut On Vaccine Testing

Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla said Tuesday he understands concerns around the speed at which pharmaceutical companies have produced COVID-19 vaccines, but insisted that no corners had been cut. (AFP photo)

WHO: Crisis Not Over As Vaccine Rollout Starts

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that vaccines were no magic bullet for the coronavirus crisis, as Russia started vaccinating its high-risk workers Saturday and other countries geared up for similar programmes. (AFP photo)

UN chief warns of long road ahead after vaccines

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Thursday that the world could be fighting the aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic for decades to come even if vaccines are quickly approved. (AFP photo)