Certifying forests will not stop deforestation and the haze, but it is an essential “spanner in the toolbox” for the growing number of Asian businesses that want to use sustainable wood products, PEFC's Ben Gunneberg said at an event in Singapore recently.
When Japan's Shigeatsu Hatakeyama's oyster farm was destroyed by a 20-metre high tsunami in 2011, he learned a powerful lesson as the conditions conducive to oyster farming amazingly came back quickly: A good forest raises a good ocean.
Ilan Kelman –
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
and Aniruddha Dasgupta –
To become more sustainable, cities will require financial help from development finance institutions — which in turn need the right partners and policies in place to be effective, say World Resource Institute experts.
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.