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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Truth Behind Hong Kong’s Financial District & Climate Injustice

3 Mins Read New research by the Canadian Centre of Architecture (CCA) has explored the mostly hidden links between Hong Kong’s financial district and global environmental damage. Finding a connection between the physical financial spaces in the city and climate change events, the research group aims to present their findings in a virtual web documentary called Market Landscape. […]

Unilever CEO Announces Divestment From Non-Sustainable Portfolio Companies

2 Mins Read Anglo-Dutch multinational company Unilever shows that it is serious about sustainability in recent statements by CEO Alan Jope warning shareholders that it will sell off brands that do not positively contribute to the planet and societies.  Following earlier comments against companies that are “woke washing” by only publicly posturing on sustainability without real changes being […]

Hello New Zealand? This Is Your Government: Go Vegan!

3 Mins Read Well, almost. In their latest sustainability report, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health strongly promotes plant-based diets as a way to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and improve daily food choices. The report also looked at other actionable changes, such as driving less and using less power in buildings.  The Health Ministry’s report emphasised that current […]

Urgent Global Food System Overhaul Needed To Avoid Climate Disaster Says Leaked UN Report

3 Mins Read A leaked draft report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reveals that keeping global temperatures down cannot be done without a total transformation in our current food production and land management systems. Crucially, the IPCC report underscores that attempts to cut down carbon emissions from transportation and energy will not be […]

Is Hemp The Answer To Our Global Deforestation Crisis?

3 Mins Read The widespread cultivation of industrial hemp might hold the key to save the planet, fight pollution and efficiently tackle our worldwide climate crisis. According to a new analysis published in the journal Science, the cheapest way to solve our environmental issues and drive reforestation could be planting billions of hemp trees.  Trees absorb and store […]

Urgent Climate Action Needed As Global Wildfires Spread Rapidly

2 Mins Read The Arctic is currently experiencing the worst wildfire season since records began, with enormous blazes producing 50 mega-tonnes of smoke that is visible even in space. More than 100 wildfires are burning across Greenland, Siberia and Alaska, and in vast regions of Russia.  Since the beginning of the hottest June on record, the Arctic circle […]