Asia is projected to be hit harder by climate change than anywhere, and this year clearly showed why. Here are some of the climate change disasters that ravaged the world’s most populous continent in 2019.
While 'substantial advances' have been made in the region towards eliminating hunger and malnutrition, nearly half a billion people in the Asia Pacific remain undernourished, a new United Nations report has found.
Driven by greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and an accelerating pace of ice melting in the Arctic and Antarctica, capital cities Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok could be underwater by 2050, a recent study has found.
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While Japanese and Singapore banks have begun to recognise climate risks as bad for business, policies adopted are far too lenient to meet the targets set by the science, argues Shin Furuno.
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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.
With Indonesia, Thailand and India moving towards national guidelines on responsible business conduct, there is increasing pressure for companies in Asia to be transparent about human rights, writes Melissa Chong.
Decades after the end of colonialism, Western domination in the areas of sustainable development and environmental protection threaten to undermine our efforts towards a more equal, sustainable future.
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Watch this charming video of how Thai farmer Somsak Sriphumthong got rid of a destructive opium field and helped curb deforestation and downstream flooding with his organic and sustainable coffee farm.
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Weber Shandwick’s new study examined eight cities in Asia Pacific and how the 'soft power' attributes of cities exert influence and attract people, with Singapore topping the list for its innovative approach to sustainability and the environment.
Calling for a 'new industrial revolution' to promote equitable human well-being with lower resource use, the report cautions that the Asia-Pacific region cannot depend on declining natural resource costs for ...