A new mandatory reporting regime is coming into force in the UK in April 2019. It places demands on listed - and some private companies - to report on different aspects of their energy and carbon use. The aim is to improve transparency for investors and managers alike, but is UK plc ready for the changes?
An explosion in standards, regulations and rating agencies is placing huge demands on CFOs. New skills, knowledge and outlooks are required, which can be overwhelming at times but produce improved returns to employees and investors. A proactive approach to adopting and talking about sustainable and responsible business may help alleviate some of the conflicting demands from "Sustainable Standards".
A new development in Canada could signal the latest development in "agricultural urbanism". Alongside the usual mix of housing types and commercial properties are green spaces given over to agriculture. From simple kitchen gardens to full grown orchards, the aim is to encourage ubanites to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle by giving them the means to grow at least some of their own food.
The substantial dump outside Nairobi has become the hub of an informal recycling economy. While Kenyans hunt through the trash for plastics and metals to resell, their health has been under attack. Over a million people could be affected, and until the government gets serious about formal recycling, it could continue.
Hong Kong real estate developer builds new super micro condos smaller than a parking space – SoraNews24
Cities are facing huge pressure to provide housing for their citizens. This pressure can become explosive where geography constrains further expansion, something Hong Kong has felt for years. One plan created tiny apartments straight out of The Fifth Element: and potential residents didn't take well to them.
As we live longer and have fewer children, our populations are getting older. It's creating opportunities to develop new technologies and exploit existing ones in different ways. An interview with Nauta Capital's Dominic Endicott reveals some of the potential coming out of the "age-tech" movement.
The new monitor developed from Cambridge Heartwear could save lives with early predictions of heart problems. Using algorithms familiar to cardiologists, the device carries out real-time analysis of rhythm and oxygen sensors. It beats the typically six week lead time for diagnosis from traditional ECGs. Clinical trials have already started.
While much of Australia swelters in record heat, parts of Queensland are suffering intense rainfalls. The annual monsoon has been so intense, that one dam is being opened, deliberately flooding the city of Townsville. It's a planned evacuation, but distressing for those who will lose their homes.
Poor land use and bad planning has created a significant problem for modern cities. The further from the centre developers build, the worse access to services and quality of life becomes. To solve this, developments might need to go up instead of out.
The textile industry uses large quantities of water that has to be cleaned before it can be returned to waterways. This is an expensive and sometimes ineffective approach, which can lead to a build up of pollutants. In Madras, India, a startup has produced a prototype that uses bacteria to eat textile waste and produces energy in the process. The amounts being recovered aren't huge, but it's expected enough can be created to make the system self-sustaining.
Osaka may not be known as a "great" wine producing region, but it has its fans. As the population has shrunk and moved away from rural areas, its small vineyards have risked failing and falling into disuse. One entrepreneur has been working hard to turn the situation around in a uniquely Japanese way - and he's having some success.
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