The Paris Climate Deal and What It Means for ASEAN

December 17, 2015

The Paris climate treaty is not a one shot deal that will radically stop climate change for the Asia Pacific. Since its founding in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has evolved into a regional force that is slowly changing the landscape of global politics. Five...

Climate Deal Will Only Stick If It’s Just

December 15, 2015

COP21 has ended with a deal, but the treaty will only stick if the rich in general and the US in particular lead by example and make painful sacrifices. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference, or COP21 as it is otherwise known, has come to an end. The BBC says that a landmark deal has been agreed...

Polar Bear and the Poor Miss Out in Paris

December 14, 2015

A shaky structure and vague promises have seen the light of day following the climate conference in Paris. Chitra Subramaniam explains. The very talented Swiss artist Patrick Chapatte’s 2006 cartoon to mark the start of the international climate talks in Nairobi in November 2006 could well...

Why Do Some People Reject Climate Change?

December 14, 2015

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change and its effects, many people are still skeptical. Climate change, its causes, its effects and how we should respond globally and individually are arguably one of the most divisive and challenging issues of our time. There is...

We Must Fight Climate Change to Win the War on Terror

December 12, 2015

We need to learn from the Syrian situation, where a lack of resources eventually led to conflict and war.  Paris, Beirut, Baghdad—all three cities were targeted by the Islamic State (IS) in November. And even with hundreds of deaths, these were only a few among countless other victims of...

Citizens Can Play Active Role in Urban Biodiversity

December 11, 2015

Loss of greenery and depleting biodiversity are leading to an increased pollution problem in cities. The word “jungle” is no longer associated with trees and animals. Cities have taken over the term, and we now have the oxymoron called “concrete jungles.” According to the United...

Corporate Sponsors of Climate Conference Raise Eyebrows

December 11, 2015

COP21 aims to end a four-year impasse. But the climate talks are sponsored by companies without an interest in climate protection. In 2013, when world leaders met in Warsaw, negotiations over a new climate treaty had already been ongoing for two years. The 19th session of the Conference of...

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Climate Talks Show Lack of Female Representation

December 10, 2015

The time has never been more ripe for putting the spotlight on women’s participation. If you are this year’s Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris or have been closely tracking the climate talks online, chances are that you have come across this photo showing the Leader’s Summit. This...

City Nature is a Gateway for Climate Activism

December 10, 2015

Caring for nature is the first step toward raising awareness of the environmental challenges that cities face. As the world becomes increasingly urban, how can we ensure that younger generations keep that special and intimate relationship with nature? What role can nature play in making our...

A Love Letter From #EarthToParis… Narrated by Morgan Freeman

December 08, 2015

As Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman says, “There is no voice more beautiful than the voice of the world speaking as one. And the world has spoken.” The 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) is taking place in Paris, with leaders, experts and advocates from around the world meeting...

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