Where there’s a wall there’s a way: artists take aim at Sumatra’s palm oil industry

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When smoke from Indonesia’s palm oil industry reached the studio of artist Ernest Zacharevic in Malaysia, a unique project was born. Intent on making the world reconsider the environment, Zacharevic sold one of his prints to raise funds for Splash and Burn, a public art campaign. The title is a play on the ‘slash and burn’ practices used by palm oil producers to clear land for farming

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On a swampy patch of degraded forest land on the Indonesian island of Sumatra stands a hooded black figure, face obscured by plumes of smoke. Something strange is afoot.

Elsewhere, random limbs protrude eerily from unexpected places. A sun bear, piggybacking a startled child, traipses stoically across a foreign landscape. A miniature man settles into a hammock strung between two oil palm saplings. Tiếp tục đọc “Where there’s a wall there’s a way: artists take aim at Sumatra’s palm oil industry”

Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations

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The prime minister of Laos has voiced concern over widespread chemical usage on banana plantations after a Reuters report on Chinese-run farms in the Southeast Asian country.

A worker drives through a banana plantation operated by a Chinese company in the province of Bokeo in Laos April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

REUTERS: The prime minister of Laos has voiced concern over widespread chemical usage on banana plantations after a Reuters report on Chinese-run farms in the Southeast Asian country.

Reuters reported that while the banana boom had brought economic benefits to the impoverished region, there was also strong concern at the use of chemicals – including the herbicide paraquat, which is banned in Laos. Tiếp tục đọc “Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations”

North Korea link emerges in global cyberattacks

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Several British hospitals say they are having major computer problems. Hospitals in London, northwest England and other parts of the country reported problems on May 12, 2017, with their computer systems as a result of an apparent cyberattack. (PA via AP)

After days of disruptions affecting networks worldwide, a top US official said the number of computers affected had reached 300,000, but that infection rates had slowed.

In the first clues of the origin of the massive ransomware attacks, Google researcher Neel Mehta posted computer code that showed similarities between the “WannaCry” malware and a vast hacking effort widely attributed to Pyongyang. Tiếp tục đọc “North Korea link emerges in global cyberattacks”

North Korea fires unidentified projectile, says South

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Russia ‘worried’ about rising tensions as China calls for restraint after Pyongyang’s latest ballistic missile test.

 

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile that flew 700km, South Korea’s military said, days after a new leader took office in Seoul pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang.

The missile was fired early on Sunday from the region of Kusong, northwest of Pyongyang, where North Korea in February successfully test-launched an intermediate-range missile that it is believed to be developing. Tiếp tục đọc “North Korea fires unidentified projectile, says South”