The new decade has not started on an optimistic note for Asia. After a turbulent 2019, with trade disputes and political unrest unnerving major economies in the region, January 2020 saw the rapid spread of the coronavirus, which has disrupted travel and business. Much uncertainty and anxiety lingers over the impact of the virus but, at some point, normality will resume and the world will have once again to think about a much more dire threat to human existence, climate change.
An oft-repeated refrain—the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't always blow—is sometimes seen as an impediment to renewable energy. But it's also an impetus toward discovering the best ways to store that energy until it's needed.
Our children had a day out of the cramped city to soak up nature
The bank’s move away from the 1,200-megawatt Vung Ang 2 coal plant in Vietnam has been praised by environmentalists, who say that unlike rivals that have claimed to stop funding the single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, OCBC is “walking the talk”.