Golden Agri-Resources has unveiled the palm oil industry’s most productive seeds, which promise to deliver three times the yield of the industry average. The company says its 'breakthrough' seeds could help an unsustainable industry bring an end to deforestation.
Adelaide is a small city with big dreams. Ahead of the Renewable Cities Australia forum, its Lord Mayor Martin Haese shares his plans for establishing Adelaide as the sustainability capital of the world.
Does the Fairtrade certification risk becoming a footnote in the history of sustainability and trade? SustainAbility chief executive officer Rob Cameron outlines the risks to this scheme and how it can adapt to changing trends.
Multilateral development banks cannot make decisions based solely on “economic considerations", and should include human rights to truly advance its mission of development, writes ADB's general counsel Christopher Stephens.
Eco-Business recently visited a palm oil plantation belonging to Golden Agri Resources (GAR) to see how the company is tackling a culture of land burning in West Kalimantan, an area of Indonesia that was ravaged by the haze-making fires of 2015. Here are some scenes from the ground.
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The China-Pakistan plan to build five dams in a row on the Indus will stop the flow of silt to rejuvenate farms downstream, and will reduce water flow in the nine dry months of the year, says The Third Pole South Asia director Joydeep Gupta.
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The ambition and size of China's Belt and Road Initiative will have far-reaching impacts for development in the region. WRI China's Shouqing Zhu outlines how China could imbue sustainability into its massive infrastructure plan.
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Development and public health experts question how developing countries will continue to deliver vaccines to their citizens even when international donor support is withdrawn.
Moving away from narratives that spell fear of climate-related catastrophes, "Tomorrow" tells stories of how ordinary people -- from Icelandic volcanoes to Indian slums -- employ innovative ways to fight the effects of climate change.
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Mongolia's punishing winters see temperatures falling to 30 degrees below zero, making home insulation a must-have. Here's how an EU-funded initiative is providing an alternative to imported and unsustainable materials that Mongolians use today.
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The heavenly aroma of freshly brewed coffee that perks up your morning comes in stark contrast with the toxic carbon dioxide its production is emitting to the environment. Here's how a coffee cooperative in Costa Rica hopes to change that.
District energy systems, a more sustainable way of cooling and heating buildings, could be key to Malaysia’s climate change mitigation plans as it revs up its development of commercial centres and industrial parks. Eco-Business looks at the country’s strategy to adopt the technology.
The energy industry has known about the potential for storage for years. Only now is the potential of storage being realised, but industry collaboration is needed to build a brighter future for batteries.The key to the future of sustainable energy is storage. But despite the massive potential of batteries, numerous barriers stand in the way.
Energy storage, widely seen as a solution to today’s energy challenge, is a hot topic in Australia. Ahead of the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition, Eco-Business explores why storage could be a game-changer for the land down under.
Versatile, cheap, and useful, palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. But it has also caused deforestation and community conflict in the tropical countries where it is cultivated. A better way is possible – Eco-Business explores the rise of sustainable palm oil.
The founders behind Asia's most well-known festival, Wonderfruit, have ambitions to dominate the region's festival landscape by serving up sustainability messages along with music, food, fun and art - just don't call them activists.