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Global

Why the “Anthropocene” Is Not “Climate Change” and Why It Matters

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Humans have altered the planet to such an extent that it has entered a new age. The Anthropocene requires a new way to think about how humans relate to the planet.

Global

More Women in Boardrooms Means Greener, Better Business

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Growing media and societal attention on environmental issues has prompted researchers to examine factors that contribute to making companies greener. New research has found that corporations with more women in their leadership teams are less likely to be accused of breaching environmental law.

China

Mind Games: The Effects of Air Pollution on Cognition

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Air pollution has countless victims—nearly nine out of ten people across the globe breathe polluted air, according to the World Health Organization. New research suggests that it even reaches the unborn, moving from a mother’s lungs to the placenta and fetus. Not only does it cause health and economic ill-effects, but it also impacts human cognition.

Global

A Fair Society or a Fare Society?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The global economy is currently organized in an environmentally damaging way: goods are produced, used, and discarded. The shared economy and the platform economy offer alternatives, but not solutions. The key to a more sustainable economy could lie in the combination of the two.

ASEAN

Together We Fall? Southeast Asia and Transboundary Haze

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Many parts of Asia are affected by high levels of air pollution. The continent is home to some of the most polluted megacities in the world, including Beijing and Shanghai in China, and Delhi and Kolkata in India. While these places suffer all year round, several countries in Southeast Asia face a unique air pollution problem that is seasonal, but no less dire.

ASEAN

Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia: Debunking Popular Myths

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The worldwide debate over more environmentally friendly energy is replete with myths that slow down the uptake of renewables. In fact, renewable energy is increasingly competitive, and the transition is entirely feasible for ASEAN countries today.

Asia Pacific

Preparing Australian Farmers for a (Non-)Rainy Day

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Climate change means that drought is likely to scourge larger parts of the world, and more often, with serious impacts on agriculture and food supply. Drought episodes are generally tackled via ad hoc policy support measures. As the Australian case shows, such responses should be replaced with longer-term policy interventions across good and bad seasonal conditions.

China

China’s Pursuit of Blue Skies and Green Economics

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Having built the world’s second-largest economy on the back of its mammoth manufacturing sector, China is now contending with not just environmental problems but also economic obstacles. Policies that make businesses greener can raise costs, and negative impacts on labor must be mitigated.

Asia Pacific

Asia’s Financial Future is Green

Thursday, September 27, 2018

With environmental and societal concerns coming to the forefront of global discussion, adopting green finance is a matter of highest urgency. In Asia, the shift has already begun. Banks, funds, and companies are increasingly building systems for and investing in greener projects.

China

U.S. Left Behind as China Takes Lead in Carbon Pricing

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Carbon pricing has been widely considered for the past 25 years as a useful tool to help combat climate change. Adoption has progressed, but the pace has been glacial. As the U.S. retreats from climate change leadership, China, as shown by its embrace of emissions trading, is stepping in to fill the vacuum.

ASEAN

Renewable Energy Is Not Always Sustainable in Southeast Asia

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The transition to renewable energy in Southeast Asia has been widely publicized and lauded, but a closer look reveals that non-carbon-intensive power sources can also cause damage and enhance inequalities. A more effective strategy would focus on reducing demand.

China

A Possibility of Rebirth for Dongjiang River

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Dongjiang River, which supplies fresh water to almost 40 million people, is being threatened by pollution. But as new technology parks increasingly replace pig farms and other decaying industries, there could be an opportunity to invent more sustainable solutions—for Guangdong province, Hong Kong, and the world.

China

China’s Air Pollution Edges Back from the Brink

Thursday, July 19, 2018

It is well known that air pollution is harmful to human health. What is much less known is how it specifically affects people over the long term. China’s Huai River policy, which dispensed free coal to northern China for winter heating, has inadvertently revealed to us that air pollution literally shaves years off our lives. But China has made considerable progress in confronting this pollution.

Global

Rivers in Peril: Restoring the Lifeblood of Cities

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Many of the earliest of the great civilizations on Earth were centered on life-giving rivers, such as the Yangtze and the Euphrates, the Nile and the Indus. Rivers remain crucial to modern societies, but pollution is choking the life out of them. For humanity’s sake, governments must act to counter this. The good news is that they already have the tools.

Japan

Depopulation Dividend for a Shrinking Japan

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Having pursued growth at all costs for decades, the world now faces widespread environmental degradation. In Japan, this is compounded by a demographic crisis driven by a shrinking population. Contrary to conventional understanding, this may actually present an opportunity for the country to work toward a more sustainable future.

China

Security Implications of China’s Rising Appetite for Seafood

Thursday, June 28, 2018

China’s growing appetite for seafood has led to fundamental changes in the global fishing industry, with ramifications for regional security. With every step it takes in fishing policy, the Chinese government must balance its need for food security with environmental and diplomatic concerns.

Global

How Your Business Can Hedge Against Natural Disasters

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Businesses also incur massive human and economic costs during natural disasters. They can reduce these costs by diversifying geographically and technologically.

China

What Is in China's 13th National People’s Congress for the World?

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Last month, the first session of China's 13th National People's Congress enacted a much discussed constitutional change, opening up a path for Xi Jinping to be president for life. Beyond this spectacular measure, promotions and appointments indicate the direction of the winds for China's foreign partners and competitors.