Tommy Leong Today, more than 700 million people in the region have no access to electricity, even though electricity demand in Southeast Asia alone is set to triple by 2040. With the threat of climate change in the picture, world leaders and international organisations have recognised the need to ensure access to energy for all, in addition to curbing the ill effects of widespread environmental dangers. Environmental deterioration due to pollution, deforestation, and land degradation has been increasing in the wake of industrial revolution and rapid urbanisation growth in developing nations. This is exacerbated by a dependence on fossil fuels, which has become the linchpin of economic growth in these countries in the past decade. Asia, the region with the highest rate of greenhouse gas emissions, has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of people. Governments in the region have recognised near-future implications of climate change and expressed stronger political will to re-appraise their approach by implementing sustainable and more secure energy policies; this in addition to the use of renewable energy resources that have a lower environmental impact and are almost infinite in supply. Promote community participation towards renewables Now, it is time for countries,… Read full this story
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