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The Amazon Crisis Isn’t Just About Beef, It’s Also About Cheap Soy

4 Mins Read What’s certain is that the growth in both the soy and beef industries have come at the expense of the Amazon rainforest. This past week netizens have been sharing their outrage about the Amazon, where fires are burning at a faster rate than ever before, blackening skies across the region and suffocating the vital organ […]

Global Race For Plant Food Innovation As Consumer Demand Continues To Skyrocket

3 Mins Read Consumer demand for plant-based proteins has accelerated, and manufacturers are now racing to compete in what is quickly becoming a highly competitive market. There is little sign of slowdown: companies are focused on innovating quality plant-based ingredients to keep up with increasingly healthy and environmentally conscious consumers, backed by the latest scientific research on the […]

New Harvard Study Says You Don’t Need Meat, Plant-Based Diet Provides Complete Nutrition

3 Mins Read In a recent study published in Scientific Reports, researchers confirmed that all our nutritional needs can be satisfied without eating meat. In addition to being nutritionally sound, choosing plant-based alternatives would be more environmentally optimal, and conserve more protein and energy than conventional meat. Faced with our global climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and health epidemic, […]

8 Things You Can Do To Help Save The Amazon Rainforest

5 Mins Read As the raging wildfires continue to blacken skies across the Amazon region, enraged commentators have had little to say about what actions people can take beyond retweeting. There are actionable measures that we can all take right now to fight deforestation of the planet’s lungs, so that our impact does not just end with a […]

Q: Why Is The Amazon Burning? A: Because We’re Addicted To Meat.

4 Mins Read In Brazil, wildfires are deliberately started by farmers to make room for more animal agriculture, which dominates the Brazilian export industry. This has caused an alarming increase in deforestation rates, which contributes directly to climate change. Earlier this month, Brazil declared a state of emergency over the spike in the number of fires in the […]

Health Effects Of Microplastics Unknown, More Research Needed Urgently Says WHO

3 Mins Read In a new assessment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says microplastics are increasingly present in drinking water and that more research desperately needs to be conducted to learn more about potential adverse health effects. Given that plastic production continues to be on the rise globally, and Asia’s coastal regions are being swamped by plastic waste, […]

Starbucks & Co: It’s Time To Scrap Your Plant-Based Milk Tax

2 Mins Read A spokesperson for global campaign Veganuary described the surcharge for customers ordering coffee with plant-based milks in many cafés a “vegan tax”, and that it should be removed to encourage people to try vegan options. Given that Asia is home to a large lactose-intolerant population, companies that charge customers extra for choosing plant-milk are not […]

Hong Kong Government Plastic-Free Schemes: It’s Just Not Good Enough

3 Mins Read The second phase of the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department’s (EPD) plastic-free campaign targeting single-use takeaway dishware and cutlery claims that it has saved 1.2 million disposables from ending up in the city’s landfills and oceans since mid-June. The campaign involved more than 700 restaurants and caterers across the city, in a bid to encourage […]

Beyond Amazonia: Southeast Asia Is On Fire- Why Aren’t You Talking About It?

4 Mins Read Ever since the hashtag #prayforamazonia became a global Twitter trend this week, there has been a renewed interest in and awareness of the deforestation of the Amazon in relation to climate change. Commentators from all over are suddenly waxing poetic about the devastating loss of the planet’s lungs and criticising Brazil’s new far-right President, Jair […]

Hong Kong Meat & Dairy Consumption On The Rise Despite UN Warnings

4 Mins Read In the wake of our current biodiversity and climate crisis, which is putting the future of food, health and the environment under severe threat, Hong Kongers are still consuming meat and dairy at a higher rate than ever before. Comparative figures from a range of global data reports show that the import-dependent city alarmingly consumes […]

INVESTING: Why CEOs Are All About Long-Termism & Cathedral Thinking

7 Mins Read Long story short? Business leaders and investors are now pricing in climate change because they’re all out of choices. Ever since BlackRock’s Chairman and CEO Larry Fink published his iconic letter in 2018 calling for greater environmental and social responsibility in business strategies, long-termism as an investment concept has gained traction, buttressed by rising consumer […]

You Probably Won’t Live In Singapore In 2050, Because Climate Change

2 Mins Read By 2050, cities around the world will experience never-seen-before weather patterns due to climate change. According to a new study, many of the cities facing unprecedented changes will be located in Asia, including Singapore, Jakarta, Rangoon and Kuala Lumpur.  The study, published in the peer-reviewed science journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by a group of […]

It’s Raining Plastic: Microplastics Are Falling From The Sky, Scientists Find

2 Mins Read Forget Purple Rain, we are now experiencing plastic rain. Researchers have discovered a plethora of multi-coloured microscopic plastic fibres in rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains in the United States. The recently published study raises awareness about the extent of our plastic pollution. Plastic waste is not just pervasive in the planet’s rivers, soil, […]

Top Environmental Books To Read To Your Kids, Because Climate Change

4 Mins Read You might have heard about “The Greta Effect” that is causing a surge of popularity in environmental children’s books. It’s time to hop on the latest trend that will cultivate climate awareness in our next generation of world leaders. Running out of ideas on what to get your niece? Want to empower young people and […]

Concrete Made From Carrots: How Food Waste Is Can Help Make Buildings Stronger

2 Mins Read Research currently being conducted at Lancaster University suggests that concrete can be made stronger using extracted nanoparticles from vegetables, which can reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with cement manufacturing. The study, funded by the European Unions Horizon 2020, also provides an avenue to solve global food waste. Conventional manufacturing of concrete involves […]

World Must Go Plant-Based: Planet Under Severe Threat Says Climate Body

2 Mins Read A new report published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reveals that the planet has never been under this level of threat and at the current rate, can no longer sustain humanity. In particular, human activities destroying the world’s land is now threatening civilisation, and global warming is making this risk more […]

Flygskam: New Scandi Word For Flight Shame Takes Off

2 Mins Read Sweden, the home of iconic eco activist Greta Thunberg, has just invented a new word – flygskam – to describe the feeling of guilt or shame caused by flying on airplanes. The new buzzword has gained in popularity across the world as many of us become more aware of the carbon footprint associated with travelling […]

India Among The 17 Countries Running Out Of Water Because Of Climate Change

2 Mins Read A quarter of the planet’s population across 17 different countries are now suffering from extremely high water stress, reveals a new report at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Some of the countries with the worst shortages include Qatar, Israel and Lebanon. Out of the 17 countries listed, 3 are located in Asia – India, Pakistan and […]