Mercury use in gold mining is widespread in the Philippines and Indonesia, where child labor is common and small-scale miners operate freely.
A remote Indonesian village highlights the threats facing millions of people who depend on marine creatures susceptible to souring seas and ocean warming.
For a glimpse of how nature might — or might not — adapt to ocean acidification, scientists turn to the prickly “hedgehog of the sea.”
Cheap Chinese-made motorcycles far outnumber cars on Jakarta's roads—and they have become a major safety hazard.
The world's roads are still a place of carnage, with hair-raising instances of risky practices, unenforced laws and shoddy data. This quick survey of country facts also shows that progress is real.
A global overview introduces a series on road safety, one of the world's biggest—and most under-reported—crises.
Malaysian wildlife officials say 14 dead pygmy elephants were found last month in Borneo, apparently poisoned by chemicals used by farmers on the country's massive palm-oil plantations.
Steve Sapienza exposes the human cost of palm oil, a cheap ingredient used in many processed foods.
Once a crime-ridden backwater, Lahad Datu is a boomtown fueled by palm oil. While locals enjoy the turnaround, few are willing to do the dirty work needed to keep it going.
Long a preferred cooking ingredient in developing countries, palm oil is now in greater demand in Western markets because of its low price and long shelf life. But at what cost?
Palm oil boom in Indonesia and Malaysia is doing irreparable damage to rare biodiversity and accelerating the effects of global warming.