The Covid-19 pandemic will threaten the employment of 52 million workers in China, while the rest of the region must brace itself for about 16 million job cuts if the outbreak goes on until September, the Asian Development Bank warned.
A surge in carbon emissions and failure to comply with hazardous waste policies are hindering Asia's progress towards the sustainable development goals. The degradation of its environmental resources is 'alarming', says the UN.
Activists say the facility, a joint venture between the beverage giant and Thai packaging firm Indorama Ventures, would still require virgin feedstock derived from fossil fuels. They also took issue with the companies’ claim that PET bottles are not single-use packaging.
Vico Sotto –
Will Pasig City in the Philippines take its place alongside the likes of Kyoto, Paris and Seoul for fostering inclusive climate action? Mayor Vico Sotto highlights how collective action is key to building a low-carbon city.
Pat Dwyer and Carissa Pobre –
Companies in the Philippines that report on sustainability for mere compliance are missing out on a real opportunity to drive profits and create meaningful societal change, write The Purpose Business's Pat Dwyer and Carissa Pobre.
Bambang Susantono –
In Asia's growing megacities, an infrastructure finance gap is slowing mass transport development, resulting in thousands of hours wasted in horrendous traffic. Land value capture could unlock finance, writes ADB's Bambang Susantono.
As global tourism booms, is it becoming a victim of its own success? Not if it takes these five steps along a sustainable development path, write ADB experts Donghyun Park and Cynthia Castillejos-Petalcorin and SW Associates' Scott Wayne.
Robin Hicks –
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents the pockets of hope for e-mobility around the most climate-vulnerable region.
Micah Castelo, Mongabay.com –
The Philippine government has begun the process of relocating more than 200,000 families living along waterways to restore Manila Bay, the main body of water in the capital.
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?