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Dear reader,

Just last week, the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to adopt a landmark resolution that acknowledges that a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right.

The decision comes at a critical time when the impacts of humanity on our planet are becoming increasingly clear.

Children are bearing the brunt of the Philippines’ waste management woes, as shown in our special report on the repercussions of 300 new sanitary landfills planned in the trash-choked archipelago.

durian farm in Malaysia has been linked to disastrous floods, sparking renewed calls for a more transparent process for assessing the environmental impact of development.

In Singapore, a major bank has been called out for greenwashing after promoting itself as an “eco-warrior” for its decision to quit coal 17 long years from now. 

But there has been some progress on the corporate social responsibility front in this part of the world. 

GoTo, Indonesia’s largest internet company, is aiming to be a zero-emissions firm by 2030, touted as Southeast Asia’s most ambitious — some might say unrealistic — sustainability target to date. 

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s largest electricity provider has vowed to close some of its coal plants, starting with shutting a 1,400 megawatt facility, up to a year before its slated retirement in 2029.

While the UN resolution is not legally binding, experts say it could be a tool for accountability leading to constitutional change. 

We can only hope it achieves its desired aim — to protect our environment and the people who have most to lose from a changing climate.

Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez

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Child scavengers — casualties of the Philippines' war against waste

Child scavengers — casualties of the Philippines' war against waste

[Special report] With the government eyeing to build 300 new landfills by the year's end, over-dependence can create negative impact for communities living in the vicinity, including children who salvage what they can from trash piles.

'How did a forest farm become a durian plantation?' Transparency of Malaysia's EIAs under scrutiny

'How did a forest farm become a durian plantation?' Transparency of Malaysia's EIAs under scrutiny

Controversy surrounding a durian farm in northern Malaysia, which has been linked to deadly floods, has reignited calls from environmentalists for greater transparency into Malaysia’s environmental impact assessments.

'Greenwashing hogwash': DBS Bank's 'eco-warrior' marketing brag draws flak in social media

'Greenwashing hogwash': DBS Bank's 'eco-warrior' marketing brag draws flak in social media

The Singapore bank's 'More like an eco-warrior, less like a bank' tagline did not sit well with critics, who said a social media post promoting the bank's decision to quit coal by 2039 was greenwashing.

'Net-zero regulations are welcome': GoTo sustainability chief Tanah Sullivan

'Net-zero regulations are welcome': GoTo sustainability chief Tanah Sullivan

GoTo sustainability head Tanah Sullivan says that regulating net-zero claims would decarbonise Southeast Asia faster. Indonesia's biggest internet firm aims to cut emissions to zero by 2030 — a target critics say is unrealistic.

Malaysia utility giant TNB announces early closure of coal plants

Malaysia utility giant TNB announces early closure of coal plants

A 1,400 megawatt plant could close up to a year before its slated retirement in 2029. The state-owned firm also wants to re-fuel existing power infrastructure with hydrogen and capture a larger slice of the electric vehicle market.

Australia floods are costliest climate disaster of 2022 so far as global insured losses hit $38bn

Australia floods are costliest climate disaster of 2022 so far as global insured losses hit $38bn

Global insured losses from natural catastrophes in first half of 2022 have reached US$35 billion, 22 per cent above average of past ten years. The flooding that hit Australia in February broke a new record for the insurance industry.

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