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Indonesia is looking to increase its current pledges on cutting emissions growth

2015.08.31 Indonesia is looking to increase its current pledges on cutting emissions growth, a senior government adviser said on Monday, with a final decision likely by mid-September. “We intend to increase the contribution and we will do so,” Rachmat Witoelar, President Joko Widodo’s special envoy for climate change, told Reuters. “But we have to figure…

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Singapore’s longest-standing toy-making competition for primary school students sees record 5,070 toy entries

2014.07.25 The 17th Sony Creative Science Award (SCSA) ended on a high note today with a record 5,070 entries from 6,000 primary school students, who challenged themselves to use scientific concepts and create innovative toys. This represents a 19% increase from 2013’s entries. Behind some of these toys are innovative and inquisitive young minds like the…

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A green new deal for the economy

2014.07.17 A new report released by the World Bank has said something that many of us have been arguing for a long time – that dealing seriously with climate change will not damage the economy, as many sceptics claim, but will instead actually boost it. The Bank found that climate change mitigation and adaptation measures…

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World Cities Summit and Singapore International Water Week 2014: Common challenges, shared solutions

2014.06.14 Since 2010, the World Cities Summit (WCS) has brought together political and industry leaders in Singapore to discuss the challenges of urbanization, to learn from each other’s expertise and experiences in developing solutions that affect millions of lives, and to foster relationships across the sectors, with eyes always towards the future. This year’s WCS…

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Investing in the future: Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2014

2014.06.10 Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s crisis. Climate change, income inequality, resource management… where we make mistakes and fall short now, our children are saddled with the almost impossible task of compensating for our failures many times over. How do we shape the next generation into intelligent, well-rounded, community-oriented decision-makers? Beyond the most fashionable baby threads, beyond the…

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The end of the road for Yasuni National Park

2014.06.10 In the last week the news has finally come out that Ecuador has signed official agreements with regards to drilling for oil in the Yasuni National Park. We all knew this was coming after recent leaks telling us that the government was in negotiations, but this is still an extremely sad day for those of…

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Has carbon trading failed?

2014.06.07 News reports suggest that Australia could become the first country to shut down its carbon trading scheme, essentially giving polluting industries the green light to continue with business-as-usual. The point of the carbon trading law was to put a minimum price on the emission of carbon dioxide, a kind of subsidy-in-reverse on industries and…

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Sinking without a trace

2014.05.20 Last week a court in New Zealand passed a potentially landmark ruling over what initially seems like rather a minor issue – the immigration of a single family from the Pacific island of Kiribati (pronounced kirr-e-bas, despite those final two letters). The family was returned to the island nation, but it is the reason…

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A song of fire and ice

2014.01.05 So it seems that yet another form of unconventional fossil fuels looms on the horizon, with the potential to be promoted by governments as the latest solution to our energy crisis, while at the same time destroying fragile environments through its extraction. The culprit this time is a form of gas known as ‘fire…

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Cleaning up our act

2014.04.12 This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989, when the ship of that name spilt its contents off the coast of Alaska and created an iconic image for the then-rising environmental movement. This was a big moment for greens around the world – the visceral images of birds,…

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