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Fossil fuel funding by world's biggest banks has grown every year since the Paris Agreement, report finds

Fossil fuel funding by world's biggest banks has grown every year since the Paris Agreement, report finds

JP Morgan has pumped more than the GDP of Finland into fossil fuels expansion since the Paris accord, while Japan's and China's mega banks have also been 'failing miserably' in their response to climate change over the last four years.

Will coronavirus kill bring-your-own-container schemes?

Will coronavirus kill bring-your-own-container schemes?

The BYO movement has been an important cog in the nascent circular economy in Asia Pacific. But will the Covid-19 coronavirus kill off bring-your-own schemes through the fear that they may spread diseases?

What's being done to fix water scarcity in Asia's most water-stressed countries?

What's being done to fix water scarcity in Asia's most water-stressed countries?

As nations marked World Water Day on 22 March, we highlight six of the most water-stressed countries in Asia and what's being done to quench their thirst.

Bucking global trends, Southeast Asian mangrove destruction is rampant

Bucking global trends, Southeast Asian mangrove destruction is rampant

Southeast Asia’s aggressive development to spur economic growth and feed its growing population is stripping the region's coasts of mangrove forests at rates faster than anywhere, new research shows.

Whose voices are not heard in climate change journalism in China, India, Thailand and Singapore?

Whose voices are not heard in climate change journalism in China, India, Thailand and Singapore?

The mainstream news outlets of the four countries were similar in their heavy use of government sources. The crowding out of voices that can provide alternative viewpoints could have major implications, researchers say.

8 in 10 big polluters off track for 2°C climate target as IEA warns coronavirus could derail energy transition

8 in 10 big polluters off track for 2°C climate target as IEA warns coronavirus could derail energy transition

43 of the world's 238 highest-emitting listed companies have set emissions targets in line with limiting climate change to 2°C, meaning over 80 per cent of companies are off track on the key goal of the Paris Agreement.

Vietnam has only weeks left to get its wind market back on track

Vietnam has only weeks left to get its wind market back on track

Southeast Asia's wind hero is fast falling from grace as the deadline of its wind power support scheme looms. Unless Vietnam acts now, it risks losing investors and developers as well as more power outages and air pollution, experts say.

Will Coke's new recycling facility help ease the Philippines' plastic woes?

Will Coke's new recycling facility help ease the Philippines' plastic woes?

Activists argue that the facility, a joint venture between Coca-Cola and Thai packaging firm Indorama Ventures, would still require virgin feedstock. They also dispute the companies’ claim that PET bottles are not single-use packaging.

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