As the world rushes into implementing the commitments enshrined in the historic climate deal in Paris in December, the use of large dams to mitigate climate change is becoming more popular across Asia and the world. But for many environmental and social advocates, this source of water and power remains a questionable solution that may even exacerbate our already fragile river resources. Eco-Business takes a look into the debate surrounding mega dams.
Forests are huge carbon sinks that can help fight climate change, but are rapidly being cleared due to economic and social pressures for land and agricultural commodities. How can the global community balance the economic value of forests with their climate benefits?
Kim Yen White –
To solve land shortages, many Asian countries have encouraged "eco-burials" that involve the cremation process. But considering the environmental effects of cremation, the benefits may be short-term at best.
Assaad Razzouk –
As the age of oil draws to an end, Saudi Arabia is taking small steps to expand its renewable energy use. But the oil producing countries of the Middle East need to do much more to adopt clean energy, says Sindicatum Sustainable Resources chief executive Assaad Razzouk.
Jessica Cheam –
Nazir Foead, head of Indonesia's new Peatland Restoration Agency brings new energy to solving the country's deforestation and peatland problems, but engagement with major consumer giants India and China is lacking, and we still need to look at the million-dollar question of who will pay for sustainable goods.