Exactly eight months ago today, this column focused on decarbonization using the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2020 as a benchmark. The EPI 2020 posited that countries who exhibited long-standing commitments and carefully constructed programs to protect public health, conserve natural resources, and reduce global emissions, as part of their concerted efforts to decarbonize their economies, achieve the highest level of sustainability. Humanity recognizes that preventing dangerous climate change and its devastating consequences is one of our defining tasks. We have seen and experienced that global emissions have soared by two-thirds in the three decades since international climate talks began. An internationally-recognized scientist once said that limiting global warming to 1.5 degree-Celsius as stipulated in the Paris Climate Agreement scientifically implies complete net decarbonization of the world’s energy and transport systems, industrial production, and land use by the ... » Learn More about Decarbonization as a strategy to pursue sustainability, stabilize Earth’s climate
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SINGAPORE: At his wits’ end, Mr Danny Raven Tan, 53, once threatened his dementia-stricken mother with a chopper because she was “driving him nuts”. Since she was diagnosed with the illness that causes impaired intellectual functions and personality changes in 2015, his mother, who is now 88, would tiresomely ask him about his father and godmother, both of whom had died, frequently raise her voice at him and accuse their helper of stealing her money. “At that time, I didn’t know anything about dementia and it was eating me up,” said Mr Tan, who quit his full-time job in marketing to be the primary caregiver for his mother and now runs an art gallery. In 2018, Mr Tan founded Enable Asia, a platform that focuses on dementia awareness and respite for caregivers. While Mr Tan has found support through the platform, homemaker Fadilah, who declined to give her full name, was pushed to the brink caring for her 86-year-old mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s disease during the circuit ... » Learn More about The Big Read: As Singapore society ages, who will care for the caregivers?
Protesters create a shield formation in Nyaung-U, Myanmar, on Sunday, in this still image from a video obtained from social media by Reuters. TOKYO: Sparked by a coup a month ago, the recent turmoil in Myanmar has many Japanese companies on the alert for any signs of change in prospects for what they see as a promising market. The Myanmar military's seizing of power on Feb 1 and subsequent protests have cast a shadow over the Southeast Asian nation of 54 million people. An extended period of chaos may prompt Japanese firms to hold off on new investments and review their business strategies, experts say. "We can say the coup is against democracy, but as one company what we can do for now is to keep close tabs (on what comes next)," an official at a Japanese company that does business in Myanmar said. More than 400 Japanese companies have entered Myanmar, a key link between India and Southeast Asia, triggered by the county's shift from military rule in 2011. Before the ... » Learn More about Wary Japan firms looking out for signs of risk in Myanmar chaos