Covid restrictions led to better air quality in 2020, but wildfires and sandstorms choked parts of the US, Australia and Thailand, a global air quality study has found. Pollution is expected to rebound in 2021 as economic activity picks up.
Co-organized by China Daily, University of International Business and Economics, Shanghai International Studies University and Asia News Network, researchers and journalists discussed the way forward on climate action for the Asian region.
Joseph Curtin and Deepali Khanna –
Although great strides have been made in funding large-scale renewable projects, investment trends remain misaligned with the world's future needs. Distributed renewable energy have great potential to fill the gap but face challenges.
Soumya Sarkar –
Tens of millions of people are migrating or are being displaced in South Asia due to disasters brought on by climate change, and the number could rise three-fold in 30 years unless countries in the region take strong measures to mitigate the worst effects of global warming.
While the amount of climate-friendly stimulus spending leaves much to be desired, some countries are making strides toward greening their economic recovery. How can countries expand their green recovery efforts?
The Covid-19 crisis has made painful sovereign-debt restructurings inevitable for many countries. Countries should offer more favourable terms to debtors that improve protection of natural assets such as rainforests, oceans and biodiversity.
Jeremy Hance, Mongabay.com –
At the 2017 World Economic Forum, former US Vice President Al Gore criticised the development of coal-fueled power plants near the world’s largest mangrove forest while Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina defended the projects.
Three new reports build on the International Institute for Sustainable Development's work with government and civil society on reforming fossil-fuel subsidies. Led by the IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative, these studies …