Disposable plastic was added to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal this year, but the US is the only major industrialised nation not to have fully implemented the treaty.
Fashion giants with suppliers in Myanmar, face an ethical quandary about how they maintain supply lines with garment factories while a junta uses deadly force to suppress daily demonstrations and work stoppages after the military unconstitutionally assumed power on 1 February.
Eco labels like Fairtrade, RSPO, FSC and Rainforest Alliance claim to make palm oil, soy, cocoa and wood products sustainable, but are not stopping climate-critical rates of deforestation, a report from Greenpeace has highlighted. How do they need to change?
Gulzhan Musaeva –
Forest-risk companies in Southeast Asia tend to rely almost entirely on debt financing. In view of this leverage, banks can be deemed directly accountable for deforestation and related offences committed by their borrowers.
The amount of plastic entering the ocean is projected to grow four-fold by 2050. Transformative changes, including moving away from single-use towards re-useable packaging, are needed to save our oceans, say Vincent Kneefel and John Duncan.
Asia Pacific has taken great strides to eradicate poverty and hunger, but the region must do more—and fast—to meet environment-focused Sustainable Development Goals as the sustainability narrative is dominated by the Covid-19 virus, writes UNESCAP's Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana.
Zafirah Zein –
Southeast Asia's largest energy consumer has been slow to transition to renewables, but recent policies point to greater expansion of the country's solar, tidal and geothermal energy production.
Gan Su Xuan –
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals' aim to eradicate poverty, a Japanese multinational electronics firm is providing power supply stations, solar storage and products to countries with little or no access to electricity.
Robin Hicks –
The ad, which was made by Greenpeace and rebadged by Iceland, was blocked from airing on television by the UK's ad watchdog because it broke rules on political advertising. Iceland says it is not anti-palm oil, 'we are anti-deforestation.'
As Asia pursues industrial growth, the world's fastest growing region is struggling to balance development with sustainable resource use, and ensuring that prosperity is fairly shared. This report examines the …