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Natural disasters cost world US$280 billion in 2021 — a third more than in 2020

Natural disasters cost world US$280 billion in 2021 — a third more than in 2020

Floods, typhoons, wildfires and earthquakes claimed 9,200 lives in 2021, sounding the alarm bells of a deteriorating climate. Asia Pacific lags the world in disaster insurance, according to a study by Munich Re.

Plastic to go? All eyes on world’s first compulsory deposit return scheme for takeaway cups in South Korea

Plastic to go? All eyes on world’s first compulsory deposit return scheme for takeaway cups in South Korea

Details on the legally-binding policy, set for a June launch this year, are scant. Insiders familiar with its workings are worried that a less-than-ideal cup recovery rate will hamper a larger movement towards a circular economy.

The road to net zero for intensive energy users

The road to net zero for intensive energy users

In the midst of growing populations and electricity demand and political, investor and customer pressure to decarbonise, Asia’s electricity providers continue to grapple with implementing an affordable and reliable energy transition.

Southeast Asia's small businesses emit more carbon than a small country: study

Southeast Asia's small businesses emit more carbon than a small country: study

The latest calculation, said to be a highly conservative estimate, shows that these small and medium-sized businesses minimally emit about 29.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Eating less meat can ease air pollution, save lives: China study

Eating less meat can ease air pollution, save lives: China study

A dietary shift to meat has intensified farmland air pollution at twice the rate of population growth, a new study has revealed. Cutting meat consumption could help avoid some 75,000 premature deaths annually.

Going net-zero: mind the data gap

Going net-zero: mind the data gap

As companies in the Asia Pacific aim for net zero emissions, they may be stymied by data gaps such as a lack of emissions data from their suppliers. Here’s what they can do to overcome such obstacles.

Petronas natural gas chief: the world's dependence on fossil fuel is not easy to break

Petronas natural gas chief: the world's dependence on fossil fuel is not easy to break

What is the Malaysian oil and gas major doing to reduce its carbon footprint? Eco-Business asked VP of LNG assets, Abang Yusuf Abang Puteh about the climate crisis, carbon capture, methane leaks and lobbying.

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