China’s legislative committee has passed a comprehensive ban on not just trade but consumption of wildlife, in response to growing indications that the COVID-19 outbreak stemmed from a coronavirus found in wildlife sold for consumption.
While the Southeast Asian country's human toll has been small — just 16 confirmed infected individuals, 15 of whom have since recovered, out of a population of 96 million people — the economic effects have been wide-ranging, including a steep decline in its timber trade.
Scientists found that biodiversity hotspots including the Amazon, Congo, Salween and Mekong watersheds are likely to be hard hit, with river fragmentation potentially averaging between 25 per cent and 40 per cent due to hydropower expansion underway in the tropics.
and Chaoni Huang –
Following in the footsteps of the European and US markets, green finance across Asia has taken off in the last five years. How has sustainable finance evolved across the region?
China’s CSR landscape has changed almost as much as its urban skylines over the last decade, but the next ten years should bring even faster progress. China’s people and their leaders are no longer willing to allow companies to ignore their operations' impact on human and environmental welfare.
Zafirah Zein –
On International Human Rights Day, Greenpeace releases shocking testimonies from Southeast Asian migrants working on board foreign fishing vessels, plying the remote waters to meet Asia's surging demand for seafood.
Charlotte MIddlehurst and Lili Pike, Chinadialogue –
China has provided huge funding supposedly to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate impacts, but it is also financing coal projects included in the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). What do recipient countries make of this?
Measuring Sustainable Competitiveness: The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index (GSCI) is based on quantitative indicators grouped in 5 pillars that define the competitiveness of a nation: natural capital, resource intensity, social ...