This year's haze is the worst since the great forest fires of 2015, when big pulpwood and palm oil companies were spurred into action to stop slash-and-burn forestry. Four years on, how effective have their multi-million dollar fire prevention schemes been?
Western brands like Nike, Patagonia and Ben & Jerry's are getting louder in their support for social and environmental issues. As thousands of people around the world prepare to take skip work for Climate Strike, are Asian companies likely to join them?
The rate of natural forest loss was supposed to decrease between 2014 and 2020. Instead, we continue to lose a forest area the size of the United Kingdom per year, according to a new report released on the eve of a global climate summit in New York.
Ginny Ng –
As satellite technology becomes more sophisticated, palm oil industry players have increasingly been using it to identify deforestation non-compliance. But high resolution images should not be the only basis for effectively gathering data from satellites, argues Wilmar International's Ginny Ng.
Assaad Razzouk –
For a rich country, Singapore is not doing nearly enough to tackle climate change, and has chosen to spend billions on adaptation rather than prevention. Here's what the city-state could and should do to rise to the climate crisis, writes Assaad Razzouk.
Catesby Holmes –
Don't blame climate change for the 39,000 forest fires now incinerating huge tracts of the Brazilian Amazon. This environmental catastrophe is human-made and highly political, writes Catesby Holmes.
According to data from Global Forest Watch, it looks like 2019 will be the third-highest year for Brazil's forest fires since 2010. Here are 5 things to note about the fires that have raged in the Amazon.
Over 600 wildfires raged across 2.4 million acres of forest across Alaska this summer. While forest fires are common in the North, recent ones are occurring more frequently and intensely, driven by unprecedented levels of warm weather.
Della Syahni, Mongabay.com –
Ahead of Indonesia’s presidential election on April 17, an online movie was recently published showing the links between Indonesian coal and energy companies and the country’s political elites.
Zafirah Zein –
Narrated by renowned environmentalist David Attenborough, Netflix's latest documentary series is a stunning insight into the world of animals and an urgent plea to protect their fast disappearing habitats.
Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez –
Dr Jane Goodall, known for her pioneering study of chimpanzees nearly 60 years ago in Tanzania, continues her work to conserve nature in Africa by joining an expedition to protect the continent’s highest peak.
Countries will be confronted with an increasingly complex challenge over the next 15 years. Major risks such as poorly managed urbanisation, climate change, and unequal rather than inclusive growth in ...
Large-scale, human-induced landscape fires in Indonesia have been making headlines since the early 1980s. The impact of these fires is noticeable at the domestic, regional and global spheres in the ...