Major companies are stepping up to address human rights issues in their supply chains. Forum for the Future's latest collaborative effort is a palm oil industry-first in addressing problems surrounding temporary work and gender equality in Southeast Asia's biggest palm oil exporter.
The US$2.5 trillion fashion business produces more carbon emissions than aviation and shipping combined. Global brand H&M—founded in 1947—believes it has to become fully circular if it wants to survive for another 70 years. In this interview with Eco-Business, the company's environment manager Harsha Vardhan explains how it can be done.
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Communities vulnerable to climate change have the most potential to be climate adaptation leaders, and have a central role to play in accelerating climate change solutions, writes World Resources Institute's Jessica Arriens.
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Nepal, with its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, remains one of the poorest countries in Asia despite surging visitor numbers. On a recent trekking trip, Zafirah Zein witnessed the impact of tourism on its environment and people, and wonders what the future of tourism will look like in developing Asia.
Large developed countries often continue to finance new fossil-fuel projects in small island states that are disproportionately affected by climate change. Donors and lenders should instead help these islands to become laboratories for testing innovative clean-energy technologies.
Urbanisation cannot be stopped, but this does not excuse governments for failing to address air pollution. With considerable resources and capacity for nationwide policy coordination, China should be leading the way in developing a sustainable approach to urbanisation that can serve as a regional and even global example.
Japan is a global investment giant and a prominent member of the international community. In the run-up to next month’s G20 summit in Osaka, it should shake itself free from entrenched lobby groups and establish itself as a world leader in the shift away from coal and toward renewables.
Suggestions by delegates at the World Bank's recent Innovate4Climate event in Singapore included: Supporting developing countries in their efforts to conserve the forests, and launching more incubators for climate-friendly solutions.
About four out of every five people impacted by sea-level rise by 2050 will live in East or Southeast Asia, creating an urgent need climate-smart solutions for cities. This year’s Innovate4Climate summit will look at the climate-smart solutions the region needs.
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 ...