A new study finds deep concern for environmental and social issues in Southeast Asia, with youth, gender and affluence key factors influencing how strongly people feel. Filipinos seem to care the most, Singaporeans the least.
Zero-deforestation commitments from multinational consumer brands may be helping to slow tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua, meanwhile the region's top deforesters are expanding plantations to produce biofuel.
Asian firms are the least likely buyers of sustainable palm oil, but globally companies are also struggling to raise the bar of an industry showing limited progress to weed out deforestation, forest fires and human rights abuses from complex supply chains, a WWF reports finds.
Ying Staton –
Negative coverage of plastic recycling has been growing. Lack of infrastructure means there is a big difference between what plastic is recyclable and what is actually recycled. Critics argue we should switch to alternatives and make polluters pay — is this the answer?
Roan du Feu –
Investors are wary of palm oil due to its social and environmental ills. But given the lack of viable alternatives and the possibility of sustainable production, investors may wish to view certified palm oil in a different light.
Tim Ha –
Other than to have mercy on soon-to-be-unemployed nuclear engineers, there is not a single reason why Southeast Asia shouldn't leapfrog nuclear energy. Dangerous and expensive, the technology simply isn't worth the hassle.
The world has to stop using coal if it is to avert dangerous heating. Asian banks have begun ditching the fossil fuel, but most lenders with coal policies in the region do currently not restrict corporate loans dished out to coal developers.
Aside from the inflow from other countries, a bulk of the plastic problem originates from Malaysians. As industry players await the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, relevant regulations are required for a circular economy.
A trend of journalists being asked to share their stories before publication is a sign that newsmakers do not understand how journalism works, and think they can control the narrative. In reporting on sustainability issues, pre-publication review could lead to greenwashing.
Robin Hicks –
The origin of Covid-19 is believed to be a market selling live wild animals. Eco-Business asked Anbarasi Boopal of Singapore-based animal welfare charity Acres about the link between the exploitation of animals and pandemics, and what can be done to curb the illegal wildlife trade.
Robin Hicks –
In the first in a new video series where sustainability leaders interview each other about the toughest things about their jobs, Simon Lord of Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby Plantation went head to head with Pamela Mar of Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Fung Group.
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