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ASIAN Geographic 1/2017

ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.

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Singapore
Language:
English
Publisher:
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
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1 min.
extinction

We closed the borders, folks, we nailed it. No trees, no plants, no immigrants. No foreign nurses, no Doctors; we smashed it. We took control of our affairs. No fresh air. No birds, no bees, no HIV, no Poles, no pollen. No pandas, no polar bears, no ice, no dice. No rainforests, no foraging, no France. No frogs, no golden toads, no Harlequins. No Greens, no Brussels, no vegetarians, no lesbians. No carbon curbed emissions, no CO2 questions. No lions, no tigers, no bears. No BBC picked audience. No loony lefties, please. No politically correct classes. No classes. No Guardian readers. No readers. No emus, no EUs, no Eco warriors, no Euros. No rhinos, no zebras, no burnt bras, no elephants. We shut it down! No immigrants, no immigrants. No snivelling-recycling-global-warming nutters. Little man, little woman, the world is a dangerous place. Now, pour me a pint, dear.…

1 min.
editor’s note

Earth is feeling the heat – and there's no getting out of the kitchen. Scientists are in consensus that global warming is worse than originally thought, and that emission reductions are crucial to stalling the crisis. The message is clear: If we do not act quickly, collectively and effectively, life on Earth will change fundamentally within our lifetimes. The “distant” future is in rapid rewind mode. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”Charles Darwin That future seems all the more ominous since Donald Trump took the White House. The world braced themselves like a bell awaiting the sledgehammer wielded by a bully on a high-striker. And strike he did, the ring resounding in our…

1 min.
discover the silk road parts 1–3

PART1 June DUNHUANG, CHINA In June 2017, journey to Dunhuang in China, located to the west of the Hexi Corridor, a major stop on the Silk Road best known for the nearby Mogao Caves, before venturing along this iconic route with our experienced expeditions team. PART 2 September SAMARKAND & BUKHARA, UZBEKISTAN In September 2017, explore Samarkand and Bukhara in untouched Uzbekistan. A crossroad of cultures and a centre for Islamic scholarly study, Samarkand boasts a history going back hundreds of years. Bukhara, a World Heritage Site, has over 140 architectural monuments waiting to be explored. PART 3 December FATEHPUR SIKRI, INDIA In December 2017, discover Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, India. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, it is home to one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. An important stop for merchants…

4 min.
discover dunhuang itinerary june 4–10, 2017

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL) JUNE 4 Shanghai to Lanzhou, Ganshu Province We depart from Shanghai Pudong International Airport on a domestic flight, and arrive in Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province in northwest China, at noon. After checking into the hotel, we visit the Lanzhou Museum to gain an historical overview of the ancient Silk Road, travelling to Wuwei in the late afternoon. Wuwei is positioned near the Hexi Corridor, which was once the only route from Central China to western China and the rest of Central Asia. We overnight in Lanzhou DAY 2 JUNE 5 Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park After breakfast, we visit the Tiantishan Grottoes with a huge Buddha statue built 1,600 years ago. After lunch, we head to Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is home to colourful rock formations, known as China’s…

8 min.
a habitat for humanity

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Our ability to rise to this challenge is only as good as our knowledge of the science of the situation. Here are the essentials that you need to know. The planet is undergoing unexpected and complicated – but understandable – changes. Sunlight penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere is being trapped, and the world is storing heat energy more than it used to. Why is this change occurring? It is primarily caused by rising levels of several greenhouse gases – primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), followed by methane, which are part of the atmosphere shrouding the planet. The more of these gases (and water vapour) are in the atmosphere, the more efficiently the sun’s heat is captured. These gases are important parts of biological systems. In…

1 min.
the challenge

A changing climate means a changing world. The living creatures of Earth, ourselves included, can only thrive – and survive – in certain temperature ranges. On a warming planet, species are threatened by temperature changes that they cannot adapt to or escape from. Here are some of the changes and challenges that we can expect: Extreme Events An overall temperature change means extreme weather events. Heat waves and severe storms are predicted to increase in frequency Unpredictable Weather The reliability of rainfall and freshwater stores will be affected as local weather patterns change Melting Ice Caps Much of the world’s water is locked into ice in the polar ice caps and mountain glaciers. These are melting into the ocean and raising sea levels Rising Sea Levels Global climate change is redrawing the world map as coastal regions and…