As a country with no natural resources, Singapore's throw-away culture is not just ironic but also bad for the climate. It is time to close the production loop and move to a sustainable economy, say participants at a roundtable on a zero-waste Singapore.
Mahmoud Mohieldin –
Demographic trends can shape the economy and standards of living in a country. By crafting the right policies, governments can harness the demographic developments of the future to improve the well-being of its people, writes World Bank Group's Mahmoud Mohieldin.
Tony Wong –
By ditching traditional ideas of infrastructure development and implementing more integrative and place-based approaches, developing cities can become sustainable and resilient, says Tony Wong from the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.
Ian Rae –
International leaders have just agreed to the phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases used as refrigerants and propellants. Ian Rae from the University of Melbourne outlines how this will happen, and what could come after.
Having an ineffective but legally binding agreement against wildlife trade is preferable to having none; but the outdated CITES must be replaced in order to offer true protection for wildlife. Ocean Recovery Alliance’s Doug Woodring talks about the need for a CITES Version 2.0.