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5 Asia’s Heritage Sites Under Climate Change Threat



5 Asia's Heritage Sites Under Climate Change Threat

The World Heritage sites are currently facing the brunt of global climate changes, extreme weather conditions like violent storms, floods, droughts, acid rain, accelerating rise in sea levels, coastal erosion, desertification, melting of polar ice caps and glaciers, and widespread wildfires.

Rapid urbanization, pollution, deforestation, and others lead to significant changes in the climate which eventually affected both cultural and natural heritage sites of the world.

In the case of natural heritage sites, stresses like habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation lead to the reduction of adaptive capacities to the changing climate, thereby limiting ecosystem response and sustenance. Cultural heritage sites like historical buildings and monuments are vulnerable to rainfall activities, extreme wind conditions, increasing damp, alterations in soil moisture, and erosion that may destabilize building foundations, climate fluctuations, and humidity which may cause mould, rot, and insect infestations in the interior of buildings.

Here are 5 Asian heritage sites–both natural and cultural–that are under threat due to climate change.

Taj Mahal, India:

5 Asia's Heritage Sites Under Climate Change Threat

Taj Mahal is decoloring due to the climate change. (Image Source: ISTOCKPHOTO)

The mid-17th century architectural magnificence built by Shah Jahan is a major artistic landmark of India. Despite being one of the seven wonders of the world, the commemorative monument of Mumtaz Mahal could not escape the grasp of climate change. Pollutants emitted from the nearby factories have caused extreme air and water pollution near one of UNESCO’s world heritage center.

The white marble of the Taj Mahal is becoming tinted brownish-yellow from pollutants, dust, and smog, insects breeding in the garbage discarded in Yamuna damage the marble further. Airborne particulate matter made of black carbon, light-absorbing brown carbon, and dust results in the discoloration of the marble, and are spread from automobile fuel, burning farm residue, and brick manufacturing.

Hoi An, Vietnam:

5 Asia's Heritage Sites Under Climate Change Threat

Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. (Image Source: ISTOCKPHOTO)

Hoi An is an ancient town in Vietnam having 1100 wood-framed buildings from the 16-17th centuries. It lies on the Thu Bồn River, with most of the city, including the well-preserved Far Eastern trading port around 2 meters above sea level.

Climate change has significantly increased the flooding rates, sea-level rise, coastal erosion, and storm surges during typhoons. Induced impacts arising from climate change mitigation has further compromised the attractiveness of the region.

Komodo National Park, Indonesia:

5 Asia's Heritage Sites Under Climate Change Threat

Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. (Image Source: ISTOCKPHOTO)

The island, full of a wide range of biodiversity, is the only home of the Komodo dragon, the largest living lizard species with a population of less than 5,000. The arid conditions of the island are vulnerable to increased rainfall due to climate change, that could alter the natural vegetation and inundate breeding areas, making the habitat less favorable for the species to survive.

The mangrove forests and corals are subject to ocean acidification, an increase in temperature, and a rise in sea level. This could lead to the extinction of the species from the face of the earth by 2050s, according to studies.

Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal:

5 Asia's Heritage Sites Under Climate Change Threat

Sagarmatha National Park is a protected area in the Himalayas of northeast Nepal.  (Image Source: ISTOCKPHOTO)

The Sagarmatha National Park encompassing the Mount Everest is adorned with glaciers, mountains, deep valleys, and is the home of several rare species like the snow leopard and the lesser panda. However, due to rising temperatures, the Himalayan glaciers are melting, which can destabilize the surrounding slopes causing catastrophic landslides.

Climate variations are affecting the fire frequency and severity along with rainfall patterns which lead to glacial lake outburst flooding. Water pollution and solid waste impacts are adding to the degradation of the natural setting and biodiversity of the national park.

Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan:

5 Asia's Heritage Sites Under Climate Change Threat

Wadi Rum is known also as the Valley of the Moon(Image Source: ISTOCKPHOTO)

The Wadi Rum Protected Area, lying in southern Jordan near the Saudi Arabian border, is inscribed as a mixed cultural and natural heritage site. It is a desert landscape consisting of barrow gorges, towering cliffs, natural arches, caverns, ramps, and massive landslides.

The site also hosts petroglyphs, inscriptions, and archaeological remains bearing the history of 12,000 years of human occupation and interaction with the natural environment of the area. Tourism is the greatest threat to the region–construction of illegal campsites, vegetation damage, unregulated off-road driving, pastoral grazing, hunting, woody fuel collection etc.

Climate change has adverse effects on flora and fauna dependent on the elevated mountains of the area. However, the threats are relatively lesser, but if they are neglected, they could pose serious issues in the area.

The time is running out for these world heritage sites and natural assets. Serious efforts should be made at the earliest to control climate change and protect the treasures of the world.

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Victoria’s Secret’s Fallen Angels: Is VS Collective Little Too Late?



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After years of selling misogynistic fantasies masked as insecurity for women worldwide, Victoria’s Secret (VS), the lingerie and personal care mammoth, has come upon a business-altering decision. Everyone’s aesthetic and sexual fantasy – the VS Angels have fallen.

After multiple accusations of sexual assault, overt body shaming, and transphobia, their refusal to take action against high-profile executives guilty of inappropriate behaviour has led to its downfall. 2018 was possibly the worst year for the company as more body positive and inclusive brands like Aerie, Lively, and Savage X Fenty rose.

The mystical barbie-doll VS Angels, extravagantly clad in wings and bejewelled lingerie, had more or less remained the same in the last three decades since VS started their fashion shows. Models bearing bodies that ‘please’ the male gaze, just-enough-plump and just-enough-toned, were no longer a thing of beauty standards to the common woman. After all, feminists remind us repeatedly that autonomy over lingerie remains with the person who wants to wear it rather than cishet men.

There was a time when lacy push-ups and the thick underwear band labelled PINK was found in the boudoir drawer of every female teenager and adult alike. No one would be caught dead wearing something else. But in a mere decade, the tables have turned as no one would dare step inside the walls of the magnum opus of male sexual fantasy. It’s safe to say that VS brought this tragedy upon itself with its sluggish attitude toward the changing social norms of body positivity and culture inclusivity.

But recently, VS announced a defining move – one which may have come a little too late but alas, it came. Gone were the glamorous, airbrushed, and pushed-up fantasies of the Angels. Instead came in the Victoria’s Secret Collective. This high-profile seven-member board is a chance for VS to redeem its reputation and right its past wrongs. The septet consists of the pink-haired member of the American National Women’s Soccer team, Megan Rapinoe, Actor, entrepreneur, and activist Priyanka Chopra Jonas, inclusivity activist and model Paloma Elsesser, transgender model-actor Valentina Sampaio, Sino-American world champion skier Eileen Gu, model and South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech, and English photographer and podcast host Amanda de Cadanet.

This board is a shot at inclusivity and is reflective of real-life women as the members hail from different cultures, are from different age groups, and in some way or another, are more relatable to the common woman. This diverse set of ambassadors will spearhead this new campaign. They will be alternatively seen as an essential part of VS’s revamped brand image, including their advertisements and social media. VS’s new move is indeed a step toward becoming more like their well-off competitors, who are idealistically anti-Victoria’s Secret.

What’s notable is that this decision of VS is not just superficial to woo their consumer base but is one aimed at its very corporate structure. Billionaire Leslie Wexner, the founder of VS’s parent company L Brands, and Ed Razek, a top executive of the said company, will not be a part of the revamped identity of the lingerie giant. Razek and Wexner have been accused multiple times of inappropriate conduct, sexual advances and remarks, and exploitation of models.

VS has made it clear that the two will not be associated with VS anymore. The company will split from L Brands and subsequently from the toiletry giant Bath & Body Works to become an independent entity. VS will now have top-tier decisions taken by more women executives as Martha Pease, the new Chief Marketing Officer, heads the Collective and plans on having an all-women committee.

A complete upheaval of the VS stores will see the signature Angels’ posters stripped off of their walls, TVs, websites, and social media. Mannequins and models will exhibit a diverse range of bodies and products.

In an interview with The New York Times, Martin Waters, a former executive of VS international, said, “When the world was changing, we were too slow to respond. We needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want.”

In a recent attempt to foreshadow the company’s announcement of becoming “what women want”, VS launched a Mothers’ Day campaign. Displaying pregnant women as their models was a first for the company. Apparently, for VS, motherhood was not sexy enough till now.

The VS collective board will promote the upcoming product releases such as maternity wear along with the same old thongs and lacy bras. Other TBA products will see a collaboration between Chopra Jonas and Rapinoe.

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5 Healthy Smoothies You Need To Try This Summer!



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Summers are officially here and it’s really important to stay hydrated to keep going in this scorching weather. You can use a gamut of seasonal fruits to make smoothies. Smoothie is a fresh fruit pureed with milk, yoghurt, or ice cream to make a thick, smooth drink. 

Choose from blueberry, mango, peanut butter oatmeal, mint chocolate chip, pineapple, or any other fruit of your choice, and enjoy a nutritious and tasty smoothie in the comfort of your own home. Try these refreshing healthy smoothies to replenish and refresh your body. 

Here is a list of healthy smoothies to try this summer:

Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie is a simple and succulent way to begin your morning! Yoghurt, frozen blueberries, and banana are blended into a frosty drink to make this rich and refreshing blueberry smoothie. The ingredients used in this smoothie are both tasty and nutritious

 Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1


  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen bananas
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Mango Smoothie

What are summers if they aren’t brimming with mangoes? Make this delicious mango smoothie for an instant energy boost! Frozen banana, diced mangoes, and yoghurt are all good to have on hand. In a blender, mix all of the ingredients and blend until it’s smooth. It’s as easy as that!

 Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1


  • 2 cups frozen or fresh diced mango 
  • 1 cup frozen banana 
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • ½ cup of ice cubes

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

This recipe for Peanut butter Oatmeal Smoothie is packed with frozen bananas, creamy peanut butter, yoghurt, oats, and honey. It only takes a few minutes to prepare this thick and creamy drink; is sure to keep you full.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1


  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • ¼cup +1 tablespoon of Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

 Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Whip up this beautiful blend of soothing mint chocolate chip smoothie recipe for an instant energy boost! Add spinach, avocado, frozen banana, milk, and fresh mint leaves to your blender and blend until it’s smooth. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and chocolate chips.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ¼ small sized avocado
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 25-30 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed ice

 Pineapple Smoothie

This pineapple smoothie is a tropical mixture. Combine your pineapple, banana, and Greek yoghurt in a blender and blend until smooth and fluffy. Serve and enjoy this quick, nutritious, and refreshing drink!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1


  • ½ cup fresh diced pineapple
  • ½ sliced banana
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup crushed ice

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Skin Care Tips To Survive Summers In India



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The summer heat in India can be harsh on your skin if you don’t take proper care of it. The blistering heat, dust, and pollution take away the natural shine and, in some cases, invite infections. To avoid all of these annoyances and to keep your skin glowing as it did before, try these summer skincare tips:


Tight clothing during hot weather will irritate the skin and make sweaty areas of the body itch even more. To combat the heat, cotton and lighter fabrics are vital. Try wearing breathable fabrics.


Applying creams is not enough; you need to enrich your skin properly to keep it glowing. Juicy fruits and vegetables should be consumed in large quantities as they are high in nutrients and antioxidants that protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Try consuming cooling or seasonal fruits and vegetables.


Exercise increases blood flow that ensures that oxygen reaches the skin cells. Any tissue damage (skin burn, etc) is repaired by the body.


It is a process that helps in the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Exfoliate your skin regularly for healthy and glowing skin. You can simply use a washcloth to gently scrub your skin. Try this process at least once a week.

Eyes and Lips

Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses while stepping out in the sun. Protect your lips by applying a lip balm.


It is important to take care of your feet as well. Give yourself a manicure; remove the dead and dry skin cells with a scrub and moisturize them later.

Minimal Makeup

Go easy on make-up during summers; avoid anything heavy it’s most likely to melt off the minute you step out in the sweltering summer heat. When it comes to makeup during the summers, keep it simple as the skin needs to breathe.


Summertime necessitates the use of sunscreen. It is important to safeguard yourself from tanning and skin burns. It also helps in protecting our skin from harmful UV rays. You should apply sunscreen at least twice a day. It is a must-have item, if you don’t have one; you should invest in sunscreen.

Stay Hydrated

It is extremely important to stay hydrated; especially during hot weather. Sweat causes us to lose a lot of our body fluids. Our bodies are severely harmed when the levels of body fluids drop. Staying hydrated also helps to flush out toxins from the body and feel refreshed. Carry a bottle of water everywhere you go, set reminders to drink water throughout the day so that you don’t forget to hydrate yourself!

Update your skincare products

It is very important to update your skincare products during summertime. During winters we need stronger creams to fight the cold and dry weather, but in the summer, we need hydrating products. Buy a moisturizer that is lightweight and non-greasy.

 Use natural remedies

Skincare home remedies are useful as they make your skin glow naturally without causing any harm. Applying Aloe Vera gel, Cucumber mask, Coconut oil, Honey mask, Lemon mask, Orange Peel mask, Turmeric paste are few remedies that soothe your skin during summer. 

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