Author: Jessica Legaspi


JESSICA LEGASPI WRITES–On October 3rd, The Washington Post released an exposé entitled “In Your Phone, in their Air,” on Chinese villagers suffocating on the pollution produced by neighboring graphite plants, resulting in the industry falling under strict scrutiny. The exposé was written by Washington Post writer, Peter Whoriskey, and was rife with interviews from villagers distressed by their dust-blanketed-crops, undrinkable red groundwater, laboring lungs, and especially the government’s deaf ear. Asia Media contacted Peter Whoriskey for an interview to discuss his inspiration for this subject and his experience with these Chinese villagers:   What was the origin of the...

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JESSICA LEGASPI WRITES — Indonesian President Joko (‘Jokowi’) Widodo and Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister established a new approach to effectively elicit environmental change. Palm oil companies found responsible for clearing land through illegal burning will now be prosecuted. After Korindo, a South Korean palm oil company, was accused of illegally burning 50,000 hectares of Indonesian rainforest in early September 2016, President Widodo was determined to strengthen his fight against environmental crimes though issuing a moratorium on opening new palm oil plantations in forest areas.. Indonesia is infamously known for having the highest level of deforestation on the...

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