Travelfish #439: Cooking with gas
Trees, planes, offsets and carbon.
While we don’t cover the Philippines on Travelfish, this week’s read is a piece on the wonderful reefs there—and the challenges they face.
Aside from that piece, we have a few fewer links than normal—I’ve been away a few days and am on catchup. Next week there will be plenty more! There are though, some particularly solid reads in the environment section—well worth a look.
The photos this week, are a couple of old ones from southern Laos. I don’t know about you, but I miss Laos.
Apsara dancer, Wat Phu. Photo: Stuart McDonald
The following chart is per capita—not total numbers. The dark green bar is the one that matters—it represents the percentage of the eligible population that are fully vaccinated. You can see a full-size and interactive version of the chart here.
Source: Our World in Data
So where is open and where is closed? This chart by Hannah Pearson at Pear Anderson summarises the state of play in the region as of Sunday, May 23, 2022. To receive Hannah’s report in your email mailbox every Sunday you can sign up here (it is free!)
⭐️ Story of the week
Coral Reefs in the Philippines Are Some of the World’s Most Vibrant—but in Peril from National Geographic
Myanmar’s Resistance Is at Risk of Believing Its Own Propaganda from The Economist ($)
Losing the Freedom to Protect: the Shattered Dreams of Environment Defenders from Frontier Myanmar
Selfies Further Endanger Rare Phallic Plant, Conservationists Fear from The New York Times ($)
Is There a Future for Ultra Long-haul Flights in a Net Zero Carbon World? from The Conversation
Tree-planting Projects Abound. Which Should You Support? from National Geographic
Do Airline Climate Offsets Really Work? Here’s the Good News, and the Bad. from The New York Times ($)
Save the Mekong Delta From Drowning from Science (Academic paper) $
Killing the Soul of Bali from Bali News
Authorities Bulldoze Dozens of Berawa Beach Warungs from Coconuts Bali
A Fossil Tooth Places Enigmatic Ancient Humans in Southeast Asia from The Conversation
Vientiane to Promote Little-known Xing Xou Island as New Tourism Site from The Laotian Times
A Trip to Thekchen Choling, the Temple Giving Blessings to Pets from Rice Media
At the Crossroads of Time from Bangkok Post
Five Takeaways From the Bangkok Elections from Thai Enquirer
Two Lovers at Sunset in Vietnam … Maika Elan’s Best Photograph from The Guardian
Strict Visa Policies Hinder International Guests From Visiting Vietnam from Tuoi Tre News
Random other stuff
The Japanese Home Design That Strikes a Work-life Balance from Bloomberg ($)
A Brief Guide and History of Travelling Experimentally from Messy Nessy
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Bridge wandering between Don Dhet and Don Khon. Photo: Stuart McDonald
See you next week!
So that’s the wrap. I hope you are all in good health, and thanks for reading.
See you next week,