On its second week, a key message in the United Nations COP24 was that businesses across the world should no longer be viewed solely as greenhouse gas emissions culprits, but more as indispensable partners for climate action.
In a year in which the likes of Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro and Scott Morrison cut the environment adrift, others tried to protect it. Here are seven people from government, business and civic society who stood up for our planet this year.
Kasturi GVL –
Despite rising education levels, women account only for 25 per cent of India's work force. The lack of safe, affordable and efficient transportation options could be one reason why, writes Ola Cabs' Kasturi GVL.
Arjuna Dibley –
As the world meets at COP24 in Poland—itself led by a populist government—people who care about achieving the Paris Agreement goal should push for new strategies to reduce emissions in countries headed by populist leaders.
Aki Kachi and Sophie BartoschLutz Weischer Gaia Larsen –
As key financial engines driving global efforts to mitigate climate change, how can multilateral development banks help countries stick to and even double down their commitments?
Robin Hicks –
After China banned waste imports, Malaysia has taken up the slack with worrying consequences, a Greenpeace investigation has found. Much of Malaysia's imported trash—most of which comes from the US, UK and Japan—is not recycled, but dumped or burned.
Ashley Tan –
After two months of searching for sustainability solutions and a showdown between six finalists, the finale of The Liveability Challenge 2018 culminated in a proposal for biodegradable straws winning nearly a million dollars.
The liberalisation of Singapore's electricity market has given consumers the freedom to choose their electricity providers. Will price comparison platforms like Voltz help Singaporeans switch to green energy?
In the male-dominated manufacturing industry, Juliana Lam has been turning heads with her devotion to sustainability. The Hongkonger tells Eco-Business about her hands-on approach in glove manufacturing, and how she is greening the sector.
From China’s ban on foreign waste imports to Vanuatu’s plan to take fossil fuel firms to court, this year saw countries toughen their national and foreign policies to tackle the world's biggest social and environmental problems.
[The EB Podcast] In this concluding episode of the Let’s Write the Future series, we explore how the rise of renewable energy, the electrification of transport and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are changing our lives, cities, and the world.
Technology evolution is widely regarded as the key to managing challenges such as climate change and inequality; but there's also the risk that the changes arising from this won't make society better. How do we get innovation right?
[The EB Podcast] What are the hardware, software, and financing challenges the world needs to navigate before the enticing vision of the Fourth Industrial Revolution becomes a reality? And what are the risks to avoid along the way?