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AseanPlus News 14 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Government acts to arrest drop in grain output

CHINESE Minister of Agriculture Du Qinglin said on Monday that China had set the overall grain output for 2004 at 455 million tonnes with the acreage for grain crops not less than 100 million hectares.

Lifestyle 13 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

The sum of all parts

Our well-being and quality of life hinge on the world#8217;s biological diversity #8211; that vast variety of living things on Earth and the complex relationships between them. It is estimated that half of all the species on the planet is found in tropical rainforests which are shrinking at an alarming rate. Today, the threat to gene pools and ecosystems has never been greater.

Lifestyle 09 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

Languishing in the heat

The leading scientist of the world#8217;s authoritative body on climate change shares his views and concerns on the global environmental crisis with TAN CHENG LI.

Letters 24 Nov 2003 | 12:00 AM

Making sense of the turmoil

With more bombings in Turkey and Iraq, last week was another tumultuous time for a world that has lost its compass. The multilateral system, whether in peace and security or in economic co-operation, is in tatters. Can the United States rethink its hegemonic role, or can the rest of the world sail ahead even if the captain won't join the ship of multilateral co-operation?

Letters 27 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ironing out the kinks in WTO

A frank and lively debate on what's wrong with the world trade talks, why the WTO conference in Cancun failed, and what should be done has been held in the UN agency, Unctad, at a period when such frankness appears to be difficult or impossible at the WTO itself.

Business 16 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Chamber calls for economic summit for Islamic leaders

THE Islamic Chamber of Commerce Industry (ICCI) has proposed an Islamic Economic Summit for the leaders of Islamic countries.p>hr noshade size=-1 width=100%>

Nation 05 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Report: Fish prices set to go up with higher demand

A report released by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the WorldFish Centre warns that fish consumption in developing countries will increase by over 50% in the next two decades, resulting in escalating fish prices and the threat of diminishing fish populations in the sea.

Nation 03 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Three billion poor people in the world

Three billion people in the world, or half of the planet's population, are living in extreme poverty today, according to US-Asean Business Council director Robert McRae.

Lifestyle 24 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

All set for biosafety pact

The treaty on international trade in genetically modified organisms will come into force in September.

Lifestyle 03 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Water facts

Facts about water.