As Asia's bustling cities expand, they risk becoming less liveable. A global competition presented by Temasek Foundation Ecosperity and organised by Eco-Business aims to find solutions to make cities more sustainable places to live.
Five years ago, Jonathon Porritt imagined a sustainable world by 2050 in his book The World We Made. In this interview, Porritt reviews progress made so far, says Europe has got it wrong on palm oil, and banks are "stupid" for funding coal.
The making of a truly green city begins with calculating its carbon emissions, and then introducing policies that will spur the transition to renewable energy, say officials from San Carlos City in the Philippines.
and Christopher M. Ede-Calton, Cassandra Etter-Wenzel –
Although cities occupy only 2 per cent of the world's land, they account for 70 per cent of global emissions. Lacking the right data to take action on reducing emissions puts them—and the whole world—in jeopardy, say WRI experts.
and Richard Fuller –
Pollution is responsible for 16 per cent of all deaths globally, but has been accepted as the price to pay for economic development. How can we enable developing countries to avoid this foul development trajectory?
Chris Chesterfield –
Australian cities today reap the benefits of policy and institutional reforms decades ago that ensured liveable urban environments. How can the country build on that legacy, asks Monash University's Chris Chesterfield.
A steady and reliable source of electricity is essential to meeting the healthcare needs of peoples in Asia. Here's how to consider and implement energy systems that can benefit the well-being of local communities.
Part of the difficulty in creating a more sustainable world is bringing about the behaviour change necessary, both at the individual level and collectively. How can we reframe the way we approach sustainability?
Ping Manongdo –
It has been said that the fight against climate change will be won in cities. In this video by C40, mayors of the world’s mega cities share what they are doing to address the most pressing climate threats.
Hannah Koh –
No hot air here: Researchers from the National University of Singapore produce the first prototype of a new, environmentally friendly air conditioner in what could be a “quantum leap” in the 100-year old technology.
At the recent Technology + Sustainability: The Road to Smart Cities event, Singapore's public and private sector leaders gathered for a crystal-ball gazing session to answer one key question: Will technology deliver a better future for Singapore, and the world? And if so, how do we get there?
Dutch manufacturing company AkzoNobel and sustainability media firm Eco-Business held the inaugural Cities:Possibilities forum on 8 November 2016. Read this outcome report for highlights from this insightful dialogue.