Mishandled baby sea turtles, a university's plastic straw ban, and tips on how to save a world-famous beach—these were some of the most popular stories from Eco-Business this year. Why did they make such an impact with our readers?
Craig Henricksen –
With urbanisation and climate change influencing the development of Asian cities, building materials like glass need to evolve and utilize innovations in technology to bring about a more sustainable and energy-efficient future.
International leaders have just agreed to the phasing out of hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases used as refrigerants and propellants. Ian Rae from the University of Melbourne outlines how this will happen, and what could come after.
If the world is to succeed in preventing climate change from reaching catastrophic levels, reducing HFCs is a sensible – perhaps the most sensible – first step, say new UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa and Nobel Laureate Mario Molina.
Ashley Tan –
After two months of searching for sustainability solutions and a showdown between six finalists, the finale of The Liveability Challenge 2018 culminated in a proposal for biodegradable straws winning nearly a million dollars.
Hannah Koh –
No hot air here: Researchers from the National University of Singapore produce the first prototype of a new, environmentally friendly air conditioner in what could be a “quantum leap” in the 100-year old technology.
Vaidehi Shah –
Say hello to EVA, the first car to be designed and made in Singapore and the world's first electric taxi for tropical megacities. The quick-charging, long-range car features innovations that could drive sustainable changes in public transport in cities.
Medilyn Manibo –
Growing green and leafy vegetables in the future would require the help of innovation, says Toshiba, the latest electronics giant seeking to address threats of natural disasters in food security.
Dutch manufacturing company AkzoNobel and sustainability media firm Eco-Business held the inaugural Cities:Possibilities forum on 8 November 2016. Read this outcome report for highlights from this insightful dialogue.