As fog clears on benefits of forest protection, excuses for failure wear thin

An aerial view of forest and fields in Indonesia. Global efforts to stop the destruction of tropical forests have faltered so far largely because poor understanding of the value... Read more »

How the coronavirus pandemic is changing people and our planet

A woman with her baby at a bus stop in Delhi. Women in developing countries are being hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting everything... 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 »


Funding Societies, Southeast Asia’s leading SME digital financing platform, announced last Wed, 26 Feb that it is collaborating with Singapore E-Business Pte Ltd (SGeBIZ) to provide quick financing solutions... Read more »

2020 marks a turning point for nature’s role in climate solutions

Mangrove restorations have been conducted since the 1950s by local communities in southern China. Global biodiversity talks in China this year will highlight nature-based solutions that could meet one-third... Read more »

Why Asia, and the rest of the world, need low-carbon steel

Automotive and construction make up about two-thirds of steel demand. If the steel sector were a country, it would be the world’s fifth-biggest emitter after China, the United States,... Read more »

Philippines’ mangroves could generate first-of-its-kind blue carbon credits in Asia-Pacific

A man measures of the growth of newly planted mangroves in Silonay, the Philippines. Coastal ecosystems are rich carbon sinks and provide a host of other benefits Mangroves protect... Read more »

Are waste-to-energy plants bad investments in the Philippines?

The Payatas Landfill is the only waste disposal facility in Quezon City, Philippines. The city is one of the country’s biggest waste generators, producing an average of 2,800 metric... 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 »

It’s clean, powerful and available: Are you ready for hydrogen energy?

The Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Plant in Lao PDR. Asian Development Bank’s Yongping Zhai discusses how renewable energy, such as hydropower, could be key to helping developing countries unlock... Read more »