Will the UN declaration spur countries to finally act?

On July 28, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution declaring that access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a universal human right. It also called on countries, international organisations and businesses to enhance efforts to ensure a healthy environment for all. This follows a similarContinue Reading

Startups in Pakistan: The ecosystem (finally) takes off

In this episode of the McKinsey on Start-ups podcast, McKinsey executive editor Daniel Eisenberg speaks with investor Aatif Atwan and McKinsey Partner Abdur-Rahim Syed about the burgeoning start-up ecosystem in Pakistan. An edited transcript of their conversation, which took place earlier this year, follows. To hear more episodes ofContinue Reading

Conveyor belt with plastic on it.

One of the fossil fuel and plastic industries’ favorite “solutions” to the plastic pollution crisis may finally be coming under greater scrutiny from the federal government.  Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, formally announced it was considering tighter regulations for pyrolysis and gasification — controversial processes that areContinue Reading

Sun seekers shrug off health and environmental fears as HK$200 million man-made beach finally opens in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong environmentalist – who spent years fighting the government’s construction of an artificial beach in Tai Po – has accused Hong Kong people of treating the environment as “free entertainment.” The criticisms by Arthur Kwan Chuk-man came as visitors to the controversial, recently-opened Lung Mei Beach shrugged offContinue Reading