Cover of FSW#70// April 2014
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This is our Spring issue and it is now a good time to observe how 2014 is panning out, for us here in SE Asia and for the world. What stands out the most as we put this issue together is how incredibly dry the last two months have been. Malaysia where we are based experienced water rationing for the first time in years and households in the Kuala Lumpur area were forced to stockpile water for daily living needs. Fields and gardens everywhere turned brown, forest and peat fires brought back the haze, air quality turned seriously bad, the population suffered a variety of ear, nose and eye infections. Schools were forced to close and outdoor activities got suspended. We are a very rainy country and for as long as ever we have taken the availability of water for granted. This has been a major wake-up call! And even as we go to print, we are all praying for the safety of passengers on Flight MH370... it has not been a nice March.