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Decarbonising a business is hard. It is particularly tricky if the business has been built on fossil fuels, is still growing rapidly, and ditching dirty energy comes with a social cost. Welcome to Iris Chang's world. The sustainability chief at Southeast Asian ride hailing firm Grab tells Eco-Business why the firm's carbon neutral target is ambitious — even though it is not aligned with the science of a rapidly warming planet.

Like other firms in Asia, Grab is hoping new technology will help decarbonisation efforts by sucking carbon out of the air. But this tech is unproven — and pricey. Horace Luke, founder of Taiwanese mobility firm Gogoro, is hoping that his electric two-wheeler and battery swapping ecosystem is the solution the region needs to remove carbon from the air on its congested roads.

Ahead of Endangered Species Day on Friday, we hope that the Philippines' new president thinks carefully about a bridge project that could wipe out the last of the archipelago's Irrawaddy dolphins, and in India, we shine a light on the long march to freedom and justice for the country's hijras, or third gender community. 

Robin Hicks

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Trapping CO2 from the air is a costly bet to beat climate change — but money is flowing in anyway

Trapping CO2 from the air is a costly bet to beat climate change — but money is flowing in anyway

Large corporations and governments are pumping billions into the technology decades away from maturity. How money should be split between emissions reductions today and carbon removal down the road is a fine balancing act, experts say.

Grab sustainability head Iris Chang: we're growing too fast for a bolder decarbonisation target

Grab sustainability head Iris Chang: we're growing too fast for a bolder decarbonisation target

The Southeast Asian ride hailer is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2040. Grab's sustainability chief Iris Chang says the firm's push for "inclusive" decarbonisation meant it could not align its target with Paris climate goals.

'Born in the wrong body': the long road to justice for India's transgender community

'Born in the wrong body': the long road to justice for India's transgender community

Although they have held an important place in Indian society and culture for centuries, transgender people have long faced discrimination and abuse. But after tireless campaigning, the rights of trans people are starting to be recognised.

Philippines bridge project feared to be death knell for endangered Irrawaddy dolphins

Philippines bridge project feared to be death knell for endangered Irrawaddy dolphins

To mark Endangered Species Day, Eco-Business examines a proposed 43-kilometre bridge aimed to connect provinces in the Philippines' Visayas region, at the expense of a critically threatened species of dolphin.

Gogoro co-founder and CEO: The tougher the problem, the better it is to solve

Gogoro co-founder and CEO: The tougher the problem, the better it is to solve

In this new podcast series 'Climate Tech in Asia', Eco-Business speaks to Gogoro boss Horace Luke about the company's recent listing on the Nasdaq and its quest to electrify Asia's ubiquitous two-wheelers and mainstream battery swapping.

‘50:50’ chance global warming reaches 1.5°C by 2026

‘50:50’ chance global warming reaches 1.5°C by 2026

The probability has crept from nil in 2015, to 10 per cent in the last five years. It is the latest warning that climate mitigation is not on track, after the IPCC said in April that humanity is almost certain to overshoot the 1.5°C target.

Climate adaptation is a business opportunity — but at what cost?

Climate adaptation is a business opportunity — but at what cost?

The Asia Pacific region is at the forefront of climate risks, and could benefit tremendously from adopting climate defenses early. However, money issues could get in the way.

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