Palm oil smallholders play an increasing role in deforestation and peat degradation. To make sustainable palm oil a reality, an industry is searching for ways to steer these farmers towards more responsible practices.
Major companies are stepping up to address human rights issues in their supply chains. Forum for the Future's latest collaborative effort is a palm oil industry-first in addressing problems surrounding temporary work and gender equality in Southeast Asia's biggest palm oil exporter.
The neighbourhood rag-and-bone man, known as karung guni, collects more waste than the blue recycling bins dotted around Singapore. Are they the secret weapon to dealing with the city-state’s huge waste problem?
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After leading by example to clinch the Paris climate agreement in 2015, the European Union must step up again as it revisits its initial target for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The latest scientific findings show that the world is confronting a climate emergency that demands leadership that only Europe can now provide.
Communities vulnerable to climate change have the most potential to be climate adaptation leaders, and have a central role to play in accelerating climate change solutions, writes World Resources Institute's Jessica Arriens.
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.
Nepal, with its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, remains one of the poorest countries in Asia despite surging visitor numbers. On a recent trekking trip, Zafirah Zein witnessed the impact of tourism on its environment and people, and wonders what the future of tourism will look like in developing Asia.
Suggestions by delegates at the World Bank's recent Innovate4Climate event in Singapore included: Supporting developing countries in their efforts to conserve the forests, and launching more incubators for climate-friendly solutions.
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.
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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.
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 ...
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 ...