Climate and Environment

From Greasy to Clean: The magic transformation from kitchen waste oil to sustainable aviation fuel in China

Episode 1: Produced in kitchen leftovers Fig1. Waste oil from school cafeteria leftovers In the process of enjoying various kinds of food, have you ever wondered where the red oil in the bowl after eating hotpot, the butter left in the hot pan with steak and the peanut oil left over from fried chicken have …

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The Nature Conservation and Renewable Energy Conundrum

After global leaders pledged to triple renewable capacity in COP28, word breaks out about a wind farm installation that threatens protected land in Rizal, Philippines. Caretakers caught wind of drilling operations in Masungi Georeserve — casting a light on growing tension between nature conservation and clean energy development. “Cases of unjust transition are underrepresented in …

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Why food waste crisis is a critical environmental problem in Southeast Asia?

Food has a very high degree of complexity. It is a vital component of all societies, something we must survive, and an enjoyable activity. Sadly, a large portion of its production and consumption cause additional issues including food waste and loss. Though this is a global issue, there are particular considerations when attempting to comprehend …

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What did Ecuador’s largest hydropower project bring to the country?

By Zhouai Joann Yu “Ecuador has 30% of our energy production based on hydropower. Sounds good right?” says Emilio Cobo, an environmental engineer and founder of the Andean Rivers Observatory, an organization monitoring water infrastructure in the Andean region. Hydropower is portrayed as one of the leading “clean” energy options, yet the true effects of each project are much more …

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Sustainable tourism: preserving the ecosystem and creating livelihood

One of the horrible ironies of the climate problem is that some of the most stunning and well-known locations on Earth are also among the most at risk. As a result, these areas will suffer a severe loss of tourism as a result of rising temperatures, an increase in extreme weather events, the drying up …

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The role of healthy rivers for people and planet

As climate change intensifies regional disparities in water distribution, rivers are drying up in many different places of the world. Numerous guises are used to describe climate change. Because everything in the Earth system is interrelated, any change has a wide-ranging impact. The where, when, and how much of rainfall is determined by weather patterns …

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Catalyzing Change: Project Utkarsh’s Empowerment and Sustainable Solutions

With resolute determination, Project Utkarsh addresses critical social and environmental challenges, weaving together innovative solutions that align with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals include SDG 1 – No Poverty, SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 5 – Gender Equality, SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, and SDG 12 – …

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Project Palaash: Reviving Dead Flowers for a Sustainable Future

Floral waste poses a significant challenge in India, with places of worship generating a staggering 20 tonnes of discarded flowers daily. This waste, deemed holy due to its use as religious offerings, accounts for nearly a third of all solid waste in the country, polluting both land and water. The country’s religious and cultural activities …

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Five initiatives to watch on Indonesia’s climate action

By Bolun With the 4th largest population in the world, Indonesia has shown strong ambitions in fighting climate change. The G20 presidency in 2022 also enabled Indonesia to act proactively and show climate leadership on the international stage. In this article, we showcase five initiatives that have the potential to shape Indonesia’s climate efforts.  1. The …

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