By Maxine Chen Li Shan
I like spontaneity. I enjoy it when people speak out of turn in daily conversations and create awkward pauses. I am considering pursuing a career in music solely because of its ability to interlock any number of strangers in a divine jam regardless of age, language or background.
In a group of friends, I am often the one advocating new activities to try out. I recall quite vividly the looks on my girlfriends’ faces when I suggested we do the G-Max Reverse Bungy ride at Clarke Quay together (we eventually compromised by standing below the ride to catch vicarious thrills), and the oppressive gloom that materialised when I dragged another to a LAN centre and promptly ruined DOTA for him by asking incessant questions. To all my friends – I apologise. Read more
By Natalia Huang
Taking a leaf out of nature’s centuries-tested book to offer innovative solutions to businesses
Biomimicry is the study and imitation of nature’s best ideas to help solve human challenges. Nature has had nearly 4 billion years of R&D to create the systems that work well; her designs are resource-efficient and adaptable, and appear to operate with fluidity and joy. Humans, in contrast, have only been in existence for about half a billion years, so it is only natural and sensible that we should turn to her wise and experienced knowledge to seek solutions to improve the way we do things. Read more
By Monica Kotwani, Channel NewsAsia, 18 Nov 2013.
Some 130 students from ASEAN, India and China will be groomed over the next five days to champion environmental issues under a new collaboration.
The STEP-NUS Sunburst Environment Programme is the result of a collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme (STEP).
It was launched on Monday by Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu.
About 80 of the students, aged between 13 and 15 years, are from Singapore.
They will attend lectures delivered by scientists, and take part in workshops.
They will also make study visits to places like the Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve and the Tropical Marine Science Institute’s St John’s Island Marine Laboratory.
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Source: Channel NewsAsia
While we need innovative and large-scale technological solutions to solve our environmental problems, let’s not forget that small incremental solutions can also play a part. Take the case of a simple improved cookstove, which can help to tackle the health, energy and environmental problems in Cambodia.
Nexus-Carbon for Development is a cooperative of development organisations that supports communities in developing countries by scaling up climate-friendly projects, and enables its members to share expertise and services, and access technical assistance and funding opportunities such as carbon finance. Read more
As cities in Asia grow economically, they would also need to be smarter in their energy usage and management. What would smart cities with energy management of households, buildings and local communities look like? To find out more, Asia is Green looks at a smart city project in Japan.
The Yokohama Smart City Project (YSCP) is one of the largest smart city demonstration projects in Japan, piloted in three Yokohama districts – the Minato Mirai 21 district, the Kohoku New Town district, and the Yokohama Green Valley district. This project was selected as a Next Generation Energy Infrastructure and Social System Demonstration Area by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in April 2010, and is expected to be completed by 2014. Read more