The Laotian government lifted its ban on banana plantations last year but health and environmental problems caused by agricultural chemicals persist.
ASEAN governments know they have a plastic problem. At this week’s ASEAN summit, environmental groups are calling for a commitment to stop importing plastic waste and limit production of single-use plastics.
Around 1.2 billion more people will migrate to urban areas in Asia over the next three to four decades. If the Paris climate agreement is to be a success, it is cities that must drive green solutions.