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Jakarta Post

A circular economy against climate change

  • Rizqy Anandhika
    Rizqy Anandhika

    Research associate at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 4, 2017   /  10:06 am
A circular economy against climate change Business community often sees environmental policies as a threat to competitiveness. But there are reasons to view resource efficiency (in other words, profitability and sustainability) as an opportunity. (Shutterstock/File)

World leaders and climate negotiators have continued efforts to address climate change despite the United States relinquishing leadership. So, it was perhaps ironic to observers when US President Trump visited Vietnam last month, just after typhoon Damrey had claimed scores of lives amid widespread flooding, as researchers believe that extreme environmental events, like hurricanes and typhoons, are likely exacerbated by climate change. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is now among the top 10 all-time most active seasons on record after Harvey, Irma and Maria, and these seemingly backto-back catastrophic events should make us look deeper at ourselves. Most climate scientists agree that the main cause of the current global warming trend is the burning of fossil fuels, which emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and traps heat. Other human activities, from everyday activitie...

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