After a recent ban by the European Parliament on palm oil for biofuels, trade talks that propose to grant the European Union (EU) market greater access to Indonesian palm oil proceed this week. This could lead to even greater deforestation and more social conflicts in Indonesia, warn activists.
The future of the palm oil industry—and the region's forests—depends on how millions of smallholders manage their land. Eco-Business interviewed farmers in Thailand and Malaysia to understand what sustainable agriculture means to them.
With elections in Malaysia approaching, green groups including WWF Malaysia, Wetlands International and Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society have co-signed an open letter to the country's political hopefuls calling for greater emphasis on sustainable development.
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A combination of growing energy demand, strong wind and solar resources, and political support for development has made investing in renewable energy an attractive prospect in the region. Aaron Daniels explains how companies can ensure their projects are bankable.
Being more sustainable is good for a company's bottom line and reputation. So why are companies, as seen in WWF's recent Palm Oil Scorecard for Singapore and Malaysia, dragging their feet on sustainability? SIIA researchers discuss.
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.
Cameron Highlands is a popular getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life for Malaysians and Singaporeans, but uncontrolled development of its tourism and agriculture industries is making the area unappealing, and worse, dangerous.
An independent media organisation in a tough industry, Eco-Business has striven to be Asia Pacific’s go-to source for all things sustainable business. To mark our seventh birthday, we've put together a video about our work and how we define purposeful journalism.
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Weber Shandwick’s new study examined eight cities in Asia Pacific and how the 'soft power' attributes of cities exert influence and attract people, with Singapore topping the list for its innovative approach to sustainability and the environment.
On November 1st 2017, The Economist held its first Sustainability Summit Asia at the Sunway ResortHotel & Spa in Kuala Lumpur.Discussing sustainability in the Asian context is becoming increasingly urgent ...