At the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila yesterday, Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao said it could not rule out funding coal power as there is 'no other option' for some countries in Asia. Protesters outside the event called on ADB to draw up a time-bound phase-out plan for coal financing.
One of the world's largest coal mines has just been approved in Australia. The project, which will produce 7.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases over its lifetime, promises to open up an entire region to coal mining in Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef.
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For decades, most of the major economies have relied on a form of capitalism that delivered considerable benefits. But systems do not work in isolation. Eventually, reality asserts itself: global trade tensions reemerge, populist nationalists win power, and natural disasters grow in frequency and intensity.
Malte Rödl –
Fast food giants McDonalds and Burger King have added plant-based burgers to their menus, sparking hope that the popularity of meat-free imitations could lead to a decline in meat’s contribution to the climate crisis.
Oz Sahin and Hengky SalimRodney Stewart –
If not addressed, ageing solar panels and batteries will create a mountain of hazardous waste for Australia over the coming decades, say researchers from Griffith University.
Large developed countries often continue to finance new fossil-fuel projects in small island states that are disproportionately affected by climate change. Donors and lenders should instead help these islands to become laboratories for testing innovative clean-energy technologies.
Urbanisation cannot be stopped, but this does not excuse governments for failing to address air pollution. With considerable resources and capacity for nationwide policy coordination, China should be leading the way in developing a sustainable approach to urbanisation that can serve as a regional and even global example.
Despite the uptick in renewable energy usage, global emissions have steadily increased. World Resources Institute's John Woolard argues that commitments to 100% renewables will not alone curb the worst impacts of climate change.
About four out of every five people impacted by sea-level rise by 2050 will live in East or Southeast Asia, creating an urgent need climate-smart solutions for cities. This year’s Innovate4Climate summit will look at the climate-smart solutions the region needs.
Battery technology could reshape the global energy sector, and this year's #Innovate4Climate summit in Singapore will focus on the cutting-edge innovation that could change the energy landscape.
A new ground-breaking study launched by Eco-Business puts a spotlight on Southeast Asia's transition to the low carbon economy and identifies the top challenges for the region as insufficient regulation ...