Scientists from Singapore’s A*Star have invented a new form of plastic packaging that keeps food fresh for longer and at higher temperatures. Eco-Business talks to Dr Li Xu about how A*Star’s solution can reduce food wastage.
Rapid urbanisation is the defining challenge for Asia Pacific in coming decades. Eco-Business looks at some smart solutions adopted by cities to keep up with growing energy and waste needs and strengthen their economies in the process.
With funding from the government and innovation savvy from the private sector, Yokohama, Japan has energy efficient homes, smart buildings, and more electric vehicles plying its busy roads, all embraced in its bid to become a Smart Nation.
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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.
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Internet access is a clear development enabler, yet it remains unequally distributed across the Asia-Pacific region. UN under-secretary-general Dr Shamshad Akhtar shares what's being done about this.
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.
Solar power is a promising source of renewable energy, but land availability can limit the extent of its adoption. Enter floatovoltaics, floating solar panels which not only save space, but help conserve water and maintain water quality too.