Monsoon Asia Gazette

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Indians are Struggling to Retain Water Sources:

The Ganges River, located in Northern India, is home to 400 million thirsty people. As one of the largest bodies of streamline water and additionally a large religious symbol, the Ganges is one of the most important landmarks in the Middle East. However, the river is running into some issues. With 400 million people living down in the basin by the river, a monumental amount of waste is also very prominent. According to the World Health Organization, waste, raw sewage, and trash are floating down the river. And even worse, with the river being an important location in the Hindu faith, people come to cremate and sweep their dead down the river. Originally, things were looking up for the Ganges, as many water treatment facilities were implemented, but their efforts have fallen short of helpful. The future of the river isn't for sure, but one thing is certain: if conditions persist it will only go downhill from here.

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing in Monsoon Asia:

India is a huge territory used for outsourcing. Its well-educated, and large English speaking population has made India a very popular country to make outsourcing jobs within Indian Institutes of Technology and Management. More than 80,000 people in India have outsourcing jobs that make a steady income of about $10,000 a year, which can still help them sustain a comfortable life compared to the average Indian who makes only about $470 a year, and India has even started to outsource their own companies within China too, making them even more money. Although, outsourcing has been a big advantage for the U.S., India, and China, we face many risks too. One includes the violation of privacy, there have been a few cases of U.S. companies reportedly selling private information to Indian outsource companies. With no data privacy laws in India, this can be a serious risk to each economy. Fortunately with no further problems, outsourcing has proven itself a great economic benefit between countries and can only get better from here.
Child Labor Within Asia:

Let's get straight to the point. Unfortunately, some Southeastern Asian industries rely greatly on underpaid child workers. With Asia's very dense population and lack of technology mixed with government instability in some regions, majority of it is poor. This means that most companies can't afford to take on full-time paid workers, so they just use children and pay them low salaries, if they even pay them. This intense child labor has cost China, India, and other countries a higher infant mortality rate and a lower literacy rate. so, if we don't put any bans on child labor in these countries, the population could decrease way too fast and economy and government will crash and burn.

The "Asian Brown Cloud":

Holding 58% of the world's population, Asia has some major pollution. Mix aerosols, smoke, dust, and other nasty things in the air, and there you have what is formally known as the "Asian Brown Cloud". So what? There's going to be pollution everywhere. Well, here's the catch:The Brown Cloud is contributing to some of today's climate change. Blocking sunlight, the cloud is preventing water from being evaporated which means less rainfall. Also, the greenhouse gasses that this cloud supplies are causing some glacial erosion within the Himalayan Mountains. If this major pollution within these urban Asian cities doesn't stop soon, we could have crazy unhealthy air to breathe in as winds can blow it over to another region. So, would you rather have blue skies and clean air, or brown skies and no air to breathe?

By: Erin Bixler & Mckenna Quinn