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Ancient practice of using Biochar is good for soil, carbon capture, and potentially syngas

Biochar—a mix of burnt vegetation, soil, manure, and other natural ingredients—is incredibly healthy for soil and holds carbon well.

NISTPASS writes,

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NISTPASS Science and Technology Scanning: Asia Pacific, Dec 2010, pg 6:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/NISTPASS_Dec2010.pdf#page=6

Biochar Is a Valuable Soil Amendment - Biochar is a Powerfully Simple Tool to Combat Climate Change http://www.biochar-international.org/biochar

Gani, A. 2009. Biochar Penyelamat Lingkungan. Warta Penelitian dan Pengembangan Pertanian. 31:15-16. http://www.pustaka-deptan.go.id/publikasi/wr316099.pdf

Jackson, J. 2010. Biochar-Wisdom of Ancient Amazonians May Hold Secrets of Carbon Capture. Environment and Technology Correspondent. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/353300,biochar--wisdom-of-ancient-amazonians-may-hold-secrets-of.html

Lehmann, J. and M. Rondon. Bio-Char Soil Management on Highly Weathered Soils in the Humid Tropics. Biological Approaches to Sustainable Soil Systems: http://www.css.cornell.edu/faculty/lehmann/publ/Lehmann%20et%20al.,%202006%20Biochar%20soil%20management.pdf

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Asia's Digital Divide

Internet access across Asia is highly variable, spread across different networks, devices, and prices, opening up divisions in digital literacy.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

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LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 6-7:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from

UNCTAD. 2005. ICT and e-business: what developing countries stand to
gain. Issues in Brief, 11, 1-2.

Internet World Stats. 2010. Internet Usage in Asia. Retrieved 20 December 2010 from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm

Jakarta Globe (2010a) SBY inaugurates ‘Blackout-Free’ Era. July 28. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/sby-inaugurates-blackout-free-era/388131

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Pakistanis Travel to India for Treatment

"The healthcare system in Pakistan is in crisis . Government hospitals are
old and not maintained, and there is inadequate funding of the sector. There is growing violence against doctors who are perceived as wealthy targets and who are more likely to participate in the “medical brain drain” to the U .S ., Europe and the Middle East . There is a new, growing trend: every year, several hundred Pakistanis travel to India on health visas to get the healthcare they need, particularly for cardiac-related treatment . Congenital heart problems are common in Pakistan . The Pakistanis who

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Aging Population a Major Problem in South Asia, too

"An October 2011 article on Dawn.com notes: “South Asia will experience a dramatic increase in its elderly population by nearly nine times between 2010 and 2025 when life expectancy will increase to 75 years for men and 82 years for women.”

While this is a problem for countries all over the world, South Asia faces some unique issues. Governments in the region don't devote many resources to the elderly:

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Lack of Transportation Infrastructure Import/Export Regulations Inhibit Regional Economic Integration in Southeast Asia

LKYSPP believes that "export regulations represent serious impediments to trade flows… Southeast Asian countries are in need of extensive trade facilitation measures in order to drive forward the complex process of regional economic integration and keep pace with
increasingly globalised production networks."

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Vietnamese Gov to Create New Rural Communes Across Country

"Under the initial national pilot program the Government of Vietnam chose 11 communes to develop and create as ‘new rural areas’... The aim of the project is two-fold. It aims to create better, more developed rural areas and at the same time, it aims to organize economic sectors and the livelihoods of those that live in these rural areas."
"The relative success of the pilot has led to the Government announcing in August of 2010 the plans for developing all rural communes across the Vietnam in 2010-2020....The project has been extended to cover the entire country over the next decade,"

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Cultural Stigma Trumps Government Policy on HIV/AIDS Infected Kids' Right to School in Vietnam

"Under Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS laws, no child can be denied access to a school if either they or any of their family is living with HIV or AIDS. Vietnam’s laws on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control are comprehensive but are not widely known. Public prejudice against HIV/AIDS infected people also stems from the fact that historically, it has been associated with drug users and prostitutes. Combined with the public attitude and lack of awareness, this has led to children with HIV being discriminated against in schools.

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Migration of Seniors a Future Force in Southeast Asia, Could Create "Universal Design" Cities

Seniors are migrating around Southeast Asia, some to retire and some to find work. This creates a potential for Universal Design cities—built environments designed to be usable by anyone regardless of disability.

While Noviscape does mention "senior Singaporeans... finding employment as highly-skilled professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China" it mostly
discusses those traveling to retire:

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Aging Southeast Asian Population May Create "Grey Collar" Economy

According to Noviscape, “grey collar workers” will become the fastest growing segment of the workforce in countries such as Singapore and Thailand.
While rapid declining fertility and longer life expectancy are evident in every country in the region, they are aging at different rates.
“Singapore and Thailand have already been categorized as ageing societies since the early 2000s, Cambodia and Laos both have very young populations. The rest of ASEAN member states fall somewhere between these extremes, but are catching up fast.” (pg9)

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From lingerie protest to social enterprise

In the midst of Thailand’s political protests, the labor dispute at Triumph drew wide public attention. The fight began when a group of female workers demanded that the company respected their rights after being laid off, but took an unexpected and unconventional twist, as it led to a different way of doing a business- a social enterprise. The workers set up their own company, Try Arm, pledging to prioritize the well-being of workers, their friends and society, rather than simply focus on profits. Try Arm has subsequently attracted much attention as an alternative business model.

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Noviscape, June 2011, page 15: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_June2011#page=15
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