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Latest update : 2017-07-18

Making a splash: Why indoor water parks are a hit in China

With an aversion to sun, sand and salt water, Chinese swimmers prefer to beat the heat by flocking to overcrowded indoor pools. Some people in China want to avoid getting a tan and many don't know how to swim. This goes to explain the growing popularity of gigantic water parks across the country, reproducing the elements of the seaside without any of the hassle.

But first, we bring you a story of modern-day slavery: thousands of people across Asia are forced to work on fishing boats. It's a practice that has broken bodies and torn apart families.

And we head to an alternative energy paradise tucked away in the Himalayas. Bhutan is leading the fight against global warming by teaching children the importance of going green.

By William HILDERBRANDT , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sonia BARITELLO

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2018-02-05 China

China's 'Great Green Wall': Country battles large-scale desertification

Decades ago, China began building a so-called "Great Green Wall" to halt desertification. Despite this, some 3,000 square kilometres of land are lost every year, ravaging...

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2018-01-22 Hong Kong

Why Hong Kong produces 200,000 tons of electronic waste per year

Where do your computers, tablets and smartphones go to die? Electronic waste is an environmental problem throughout Asia, but nowhere more so than in Hong Kong. For a long time...

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2018-01-13 unemployment

Fighting unemployment: Millions of Indians face layoffs amid shrinking job market

For several years now, India has been selling its wares as one of Asia's biggest economies. But despite the government's claims that things are getting rosier, there's been no...

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2017-12-18 Funeral

Japan offers world's first drive-through funerals

In Japan, paying your final respects to your nearest and dearest needn't be a long, drawn-out affair. You can now bid your last farewells to loved ones without ever unbuckling...

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2017-12-04 North Korea

North Korea: Global sanctions hit Pyongyang’s ‘experiment in capitalism’

In North Korea, the port city of Rason has a special status as an economic zone. Attracting foreign businesses in manufacturing, tourism and transportation, some even speculate...

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