Following major food safety scandals in China, demand has increased for safe and organic produce from the countryside, linking rural farmers to urban consumers. How is e-commerce improving the lives of China's emerging rural entrepreneurs?
Solving Singapore's growing e-waste problem could lie within the small-to-medium sized business sector. A new app, RESQ, attempts to make it easier for SMEs to dispose of used computers, printers and photocopiers responsibly.
In the last 30 years, Asia has doubled the area of land dedicated to rubber plantations, where environmental abuses run rampant in its complex supply chain. Now, the biggest stakeholders in rubber are setting new standards with the launch of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber.
Chris Taylor and David Lindenmayer –
Even the majority of wood products with longer lifespans, such as native timber, end up in landfill, say experts from the Australian University who address myths related to the logging of native forests.
Elsa Dominish and Nick Florin –
According to research from the Institute of Sustainable Futures, demand for metals for electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies could bust reserves for cobalt, lithium and nickel. How can we ensure the transition to renewable energy does not increase the negative impacts of mining?
In response to the environmental crisis of fast fashion, the fashion industry is taking active steps to introduce recycling and reduce waste. But how can individuals make easy choices and adopt more environmentally-friendly styles?
While almost every government in the world has recognized the need to move to a carbon-free economy, another front in the climate crisis has gone largely ignored. Without a concerted effort to crack down on the criminal activities that are threatening natural carbon sinks such as the Amazon basin, emissions reductions could be for naught.
By focusing environmental and public-health debates on the issue of waste-management, plastics producers have managed to conceal the elephant in the room. But governments and consumers can no longer ignore the fact that plastic is a problem at all stages of its life cycle – not just after it ends up in the ocean.
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.
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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 ...