Climate fund for poor nations vows to drive green Covid recovery

Typhoon Haiyan, the most devastating storm ever to make landfall in all of history, left buildings, homes, and businesses in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines wiped out in its aftermath.... Read more »

Chinese firms struggle to fund renewables projects overseas

Solar farm in China. The mainland’s renewable energy projects are booming domestically, but are lagging abroad, particularly in countries covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Difficulty in... Read more »

Vietnam’s new conservation plan prioritises trees and people, but not emissions

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in northern Vietnam. The forest ecosystems services programme is the first national plan that puts a price on carbon and funnels those dollars specifically... Read more »

Developing Asia’s coal demand helped cancel out rich-world emissions cuts last year

After two years of increases, emissions remained unchanged last year, but annual emissions reductions of 7.6 per cent are needed to avert the worst impacts of climate change, the... Read more »

From coal to renewables in China: solving the water stress-power plant mismatch

Seawater in an island in Zhuhai, Guangdong province in China is being desalinated using waste heat from diesel generators to produce fresh water. How can one of the world’s... Read more »

Borneo activists win a court battle to bar a coal miner from their land

Children play in a river lined with coal stockpiles in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Indigenous groups and local officials have successfully argued that the firm, PT Mantimin Coal Mining, should... Read more »

Fire-scorched Australia’s hottest and driest year on record leaves government unmoved

Bushfires on Gospers Mountain in New South Wales. Australia’s wildfires have destroyed an area 70 times the size Singapore. The climate-cooked nation reports 2019 was its hottest and driest... Read more »

Standard Chartered Bank pulls out of three coal projects in Southeast Asia

Emissions from a coal power plant in Punjab, India. The Asia-focused bank has announced a new climate policy that renews its commitment to stop financing the fossil fuel, which... Read more »

Tall and old or dense and young: Which kind of forest is better for the climate?

Deforestation of a rainforest in Indonesia. Researchers are calling on the industry to help buffer climate change by doubling tree harvest rotations to 80 years, and urge government agencies... Read more »

Why China should green its overseas finance

The China Development Bank (CDB) Tower in Shanghai. The bank is a major financier of BRI projects but is still funding coal projects overseas and has yet to publish... Read more »