NEW SHOW IS COMING TO TOWN!
30 DECEMBER 2020
We have some good news we can’t wait to share with you…. including a brand new series launching in January 2021 that differs from our previous shows. And it gives us the opportunity to wish you Seasons Greetings from the entire Sustainable Asia team!!
11 JANUARY 2021
As we are all turning over a new leaf in 2021 we cherry-pick the most important updates of the environmental sector in Asia. In this brand new weekly series from now through March, young journalists Bonnie Au and Chermaine Lee deliver you green news in less than ten minutes. In this pilot episode, we will offer a review of climate-related Asia news in 2020!
JANUARY’S FROSTBITE – THE NEW NORMAL?
18 JANUARY 2021
In beanies and thick jackets, our young hosts are surviving the coldest winter in East Asia while bringing you the latest updates on the region’s green news! We talk about why climate change is contributing to this chilly weather and what some Asian countries are doing to reduce their carbon output. Prepare yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and get a “bite” of our environmental news roundup!
BEHIND THE MASKS OF COVID19
25 JANUARY 2021
Masked up for over a year, our young hosts wonder and report on what is happening to all the disposable masks in Asia. We talk about the notorious plastic crisis in Hong Kong and China, bleaching of ocean corals in Taiwan and a shocking story in India that may change animal rights laws there. Sit tight, put on your reusable mask, and prepare yourself for a “bite” of news.
A BITE OF EAST ASIA’S REALITY
1 FEBRUARY 2021
Reminiscing about good times in Japan, our tourism-hungry hosts talk about the creative but alarming graphics depicting the country at the end of this century if climate change continues at the current rate. We also talk about South Korea’s first step in its ambitious carbon neutral goal and Mongolia’s unexpected struggle as a climate change hotspot. Get a real bite of East Asia’s green news this week!
CLIMATE ACTIVISM’S STRONG BITE
8 FEBRUARY 2021
Is climate activism working? Our young hosts talk about how Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam’s student activists rallied against building coal-fired plants. We also discuss China’s national carbon credit trading and backlashes from its dam water use. Feel the powerful bite of climate activism this week!
NATURE’S BITE AT LUNAR NEW YEAR
15 FEBRUARY 2021
While the Year of the Ox kicked off, our young hosts’ celebration was cut short. Nature’s Bite dampened Asia’s festive atmosphere – from an earthquake in Japan to an avalanche-induced flood in India. Our hosts uncover the culprit of Southeast Asia’s deforestation. And take a look at Hong Kong’s ambitious carbon neutral plan as well as the plight of the city’s indigenous cattle.
K-POP’S POWERFUL BITE
22 FEBRUARY 2021
As K-pop bands like BTS and Blackpink have become global sensation, our young hosts talk about how their fans groups from all over the world are a strong new force for climate action. In this episode, we also cover China’s role in carbon-heavy Bitcoin mining, India’s crackdown on the Friday for Future founder and how cutting trees might benefit the earth. Pause your K-pop playlist and tune in to get a bite of this week’s green news!
HONG KONG’S GREEN BOND BITES
2 MARCH 2021
As Asia’s financial hub just announced its new budget, Hong Kong is set to launch the largest amount of green bonds ever in Asia, aiming to raise billions for sustainable projects. In this episode: how China’s carbon neutrality will play into China’s upcoming annual meetings, Indonesia’s horrendous forest fires and Japan’s innovative packaging alternative to plastics.
CHINA’S CARBON NEUTRAL BITE
8 MARCH 2021
China is set to launch its most green-focused plan during two important annual meetings, giving more details on how it plans to eliminate carbon emissions by 2060. We also cover China’s crackdown on illegal wildlife trade, the unexpected silver linings of plastic waste dumps and how technology helps struggling fishermen.
CHINA’S CARBON NEUTRAL BITE
15 MARCH 2021
With Fukushima’s horrific earthquake-induced nuclear disaster still haunting Japan nowadays, the East Asian nation is finding it increasingly difficult to rehash developing nuclear plants as renewable energy sources. In this episode, we also cover China’s funding pullout from overseas coal power plants, India’s water sources springing back to life, South Korea’s five year sustainable fishing plan, and Singapore’s innovative floating solar farm.