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11. Sustainable cities and communities

11. Sustainable cities and communities

More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

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News

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Hopes are high that an action plan will help control chemicals with ongoing harmful effects, though experts note a lack of supporting legislation.
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Experts worry that heavy losses from unexpected summer snowstorms in Kashmir's pastures are a sign of worse to come for mountain communities.
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An updated guide to the intergovernmental negotiations taking place in December 2022 in Montreal, Canada, that have a crucial role to play in halting biodiversity loss and restoring nature.
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A recently released summary of an assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services reveals that people rely on 50,000 wild species of plants, animals, algae and fungi.
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Opinion

Fixing air pollution in Jakarta will require big changes in the transport sector.
The Indonesian capital’s air quality is already bad. Emissions from vehicles commuting from its fringes worsens the situation.
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You can ‘nudge’ someone to take up new activities, but unless they truly believe in its value, they won’t keep it up, says associate professor and behavioural economist Grace Lee.
Solar power in the state of Maharashtra in India
As the world uses natural resources faster than they can be replenished, India looks to a future of renewable energy.
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The world's dependency on digital technology was laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic. Policymakers need to mobilise digital connectivity to improve the daily welfare of the most vulnerable populations, writes Riccardo Puliti of the World Bank.
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Videos

Jovie Montajes, founder of Light of Hope PH
After 20 years without electricity, more than 50 households in Cebu's poorest district have been provided with solar energy, financed by carbon offsets.
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EB Studio Polestar, a new entrant to Singapore’s electric car market, hopes to woo consumers by going the extra mile in sustainable design.
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Novel food firms are dreaming big about market expansion, but first they must overcome diners' doubts and a huge cost hurdle.
Women in STEM
Women play a key role in developing innovations to push for sustainability, but barriers remain to their entry into STEM careers. To celebrate International Day of Women & Girls in Science, EB Impact speaks to three women in science on making an impact and pursuing careers in STEM.
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Podcasts

Gojek vehicle in Indonesia
GoTo sustainability head Tanah Sullivan tells the Eco-Business Podcast that regulating net-zero claims would decarbonise Southeast Asia faster. Indonesia's biggest internet firm aims to cut emissions to zero by 2030 — a target critics say is unrealistic.
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Can the hotels sector, traditionally resource-intensive and wasteful, reinvent itself and go green? Eco-Business asks two hospitality executives about balancing post-Covid recovery, and if luxury can be made compatible with sustainability.
Keppel Bay Tower in Singapore
EB Studio The built environment's sprawling carbon footprint can be reined in by giving old buildings a 'climate makeover' as cities grow. The Eco-Business Podcast talks to Vinod Jethani about the benefits and challenges of retrofitting old buildings.
EB Podcast: Climate Tech In Asia - Gogoro Founder Horace Luke
Exclusive In this new podcast series 'Climate Tech in Asia', Eco-Business speaks to Gogoro chairman and CEO Horace Luke about the company's recent listing on the Nasdaq and its quest to electrify Asia's ubiquitous two-wheelers and make battery swapping mainstream.
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Strategic Organisations

Reneum
Danfoss
Trucost
ESG Book
Olam
City Developments Ltd