At a combined GDP of US$2.8 trillion, ASEAN collectively stands as the 6th largest economy in the world.
The ASEAN region is expected to grow at an annual rate of 5.2% from 2018 to 2021 and is projected to become the fourth largest single market in the world by 2030, behind only the US, China and the European Union. Here are the countries and their GDP contributions to the ASEAN economy, with Indonesia taking the lion's share at US$1 trillion (34.77%). In terms of GDP per capita, Singapore ranks the highest at US$61,230.
These are the rivers with the largest drainage areas in the Oceania. In fact, all of them are in Australia.
The Murray–Darling–Culgoa–Balonne–Condamine river system, also the longest river in Australia, drains from an area of 1,061,000 km2, an area equivalent to the size of the states of Victoria and New South Wales combined, and flows eventually to the Southern Ocean.
The Warburton–Georgina river system follows, draining from an area of 365,000 km2 and flowing out to Lake Eyre. The Flinders River is the longest river in Queensland, Australia , and drains from an area of 109,000 km2.
This data references the 2019 study by Value Champion (refer to URL below) to determine the best cities for millenials to live and work.
According to Value Champion, many young people are willing to move abroad in order to pursue personal and career opportunities. In fact, the World Economic Forum found that 4 out of 5 millennials would be willing to relocate internationally for work.
Thus, this study will provide useful reference points for European startups looking to recruit millenials into their workforce.
Lake Baikal. There are 4 lakes in the world that are at least 1 km deep(!) and two of these lakes are in Asia. Reaching maximum depths of 1,637m, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the Asia and the world. With a volume of 23,615 km3, Lake Baikal is also the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water.
Incredible and mesmerizing video of Lake Baikal by Visit Irkutsk
The gigantic Caspian Sea, a saline endorheic lake (lake without outflows), takes second place with a maximum depth of 1,025m. Covering an area of 371,000 km2, Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world by surface area.
View of the Caspian Sea on board the International Space Station (Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly, source:Wikimedia)
More than 2000km away, another saline endorheic lake, Issyk-Kul Lake of Kyrgyzstan, has a maximum depth of 668m. Issyk-Kul Lake covers a surface area of 6,236 km2, holding about 1,738km3 of water.
Kadji-Sai beach southern Issyk-Kul shore (Credit: Mzximvs VdB from Brussels, belgium / Wikimedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
1990 - 2016 Oceania: This table depicts for the loss of forested areas for countries in Oceania.
Forest area (% of land area) - Forest area is defined, according to World Bank, as land under natural or planted stands of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stands in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in urban parks and gardens.
This list looks at the international plug types supported by cities and countries in Asia.
There are currently 15 international plug types that are supported across 250 cities and countries. Each of these 15 plug types is assigned a letter by the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA). Here are the list of cities and countries and their respective supported plug types - a useful guide for international travelers and tourists.
If Dubai owns the crown of tallest hotels in the Middle East, then China takes the crown in Asia, claiming five out of Asia's ten tallest hotels.
At 343m, the Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur stands as the third tallest hotel in the world, after the Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower or Gevora Hotel and JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. The Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur opened officially on 1 July 2018, just 5 months after the Gevora Hotel which opened on Feb 2018.
The second tallest hotel, Baiyoke Sky Hotel, in Asia is a familiar and prominent sighting in the horizons of Bangkok, Thailand, since 1997. Wuxi Maoye City – Marriott Hotel claims third spot in Asia and currently leads the pack of the tallest hotels in China.
These are the longest rivers in the Asia. The Yangtze river or Chang Jiang (which also means "Long River" in Chinese) of China flows the furthest in Asia at 6,300km. It drains from an area 1/5 the size of China (1.8 million sq km ) and outflows to the East China Sea.
The Yenisei–Angara–Selenge–Ider river system takes second spot with a length of 5,539 km, flowing from Mongolia to the Kara Sea in Siberia, Russia. Another great river of China, the Yellow River (Huang He) is the third longest at 5,464km. Originating in the Bayan Har Mountains in Qinghai province of Western China, it flows through nine provinces and empties into the Bohai Sea near the city of Dongying in the Shandong province.
The Tallest Residences in Hong Kong. The Cullinan residences are the tallest residential buildings in Hong Kong, with both the Cullinan North and South Tower standing at 270 meters tall and 68 floors. The Cullinan is named after the 3,106 carat Cullinan Diamond found in 1905 - the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found. Located in Hong Kong's Union Square, this prime waterfront residence offers panoramic views of the Victoria Harbour.
At a close second at 261 meters tall, is the Masterpiece, a residential building located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It also houses the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong hotel, which occupy levels 3 to 24.
At third, is the Sorrento which is located in proximity to the Cullinan residences in Union Square. Its tallest tower, Sorrento 1, stands at 256 meters tall with 75 floors.
Largest Exporter. United States is the largest single-country exporter of plastic waste, with a large bulk of the waste sent to Asia for processing. However, the process of processing plastic waste, if not managed properly, can lead to environmental pollutions which lead to costs that are greater than the revenues of importing such plastic wastes.
National Sword Policy. Prior to the National Sword policy, China was the single largest importer of plastic waste, importing close to 12 trillion kg of plastic waste from 2010-2018. However, poorly managed waste processes resulted in a country-wide import ban in January 2018. As a result, there was a frantic scramble for alternative destinations to export plastic scrap.
Southeast Asia. However, other developing nations that received the increased diverted plastic wastes in 2018 began to face similar environmental issues that affect their populace. Thus, in recent months, nations in Southeast Asia , like Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, have begun to push back and send the exports back to the sources.
This table looks at the list of countries that are on the receiving end of U.S.'s plastic wastes.