Singapore uses greenery to keep cool, calm and clean. But many of its green areas are ecologically sparse by design. Is the hyper-urbanised city-state nature-loving enough to grow into a city in nature?
A waste survey has revealed the brands that are choking a Manila river with plastic packaging in the wake of a super typhoon. The audit has thrown up names seen in other waste surveys in the Philippines and around the world.
Companies in Asia are coming up with innovative business solutions to solve the world’s myriad of challenges. But they cannot do it alone. Asia’s billions of consumers need to show that they’ll pay for sustainability.
Governments in Asia Pacific may lack the much-needed data to fix urban challenges themselves, but 100RC's Andrew Salkin says there is one group in the private sector that governments can partner with for more resilient and liveable cities.
Michael Boyland and Heidi Tuhkanen –
Those in power must give stronger voices to marginalised communities and protection to natural flood defences, say experts from the Stockholm Environment Institute.
India's worst flood in recent times is a clear warning about the dangers of rampant and thoughtless human development, writes Azim Premji University's Harini Nagendra. How are communities overcoming mistakes made in development and preparing for a future of extreme weather?
The reasons for forest fires are numerous and complex. With hotter and drier temperatures becoming the new normal in parts of the world, the solution is to work with companies, not against them, writes Sinar Mas’ Bernard Tan.
Robin Hicks –
Indonesia has made significant progress in fighting the fires caused by slash-and-burn forestry that choke Southeast Asia annually with toxic air pollution. Eco-Business spoke to the chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) about what it will take to put the fires out permanently.
Vaidehi Shah –
Brazil and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for activists fighting mining, agribusiness and hydroelectric companies for their rights to land, forests, and rivers, a new report by Global Witness found.
The Asean countries are at very different stages of economic growth. Members include a fully developed city state with nearly full national electricity coverage as well as several agrarian economies ...