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One of Siloso Beach Resort’s(*) activities is to contribute to the sustainability dialogue, which address the most important questions of how we should approach climate change and other pressing environmental challenges.  Below is a list of articles written by Sylvain Richer de Forges.

* Siloso Beach Resort (SBR) is a certified Eco Hotel on the Island of Sentosa in Singapore. Over the last few years, SBR has stand out through a series of  unique environmental and sustainability achievements. Siloso Beach Resort is the recipient of numerous sustainability awards of which the ASEAN Business Award (CSR) and the Singapore President’s Award for the Environment.

For more information about SBR, please visit: www.silosobeachresort.com

Sustainability in hotels

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A look into sustainability models for hotels

Nuclear: meeting the dilemna?

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An overview of nuclear energy and how its future depends on the evolution of the deployment of renewable energies.

The short-long term approach of financing sustainable development

A look into sustainable development financing mechanisms and why the current approach is failing

The ecological development revolution

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A look into new built environment strategies focused on an ecosystems approach and biomemetics

The Last Explorers: a look into Singapore’s largest marine survey 

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Siloso beach resort report on the singapore mega marine survey conducted in 2013

Carbon spark: making the invisible visible!

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If we were to make carbon dioxide real time emissions visible to everyone, society would come to realize to a much greater extent what the source of the climate change problem is and in so doing accelerate the current path to a low carbon economy.

Biodiversity collapse and the rise of the supper bugs!

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Progressing into the 21st century a silent war is on-going; far apart from the tensions in the Middle East or the Korean peninsula, the on-going war is a silent and potentially devastating one between some of the smallest and largest organism on Earth: micro-organisms versus humans!

Time for a rethink of mining exploitation?

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The demand for metals and other resources continues to rise exponentially with devastating environmental impacts. While it’s easy to point the finger at mining companies, the real ethical questions surrounding the exploitation of natural resources are much more complex.  Their solutions require us to deeply rethink our societal models.

The sustainability hopes and threats of IT 

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While IT clearly offers hopes for a large scale adoption of more sustainable practices in modern societies, the current path of its booming development also raises serious concerns. IT can surely provide sustainable solutions, but the sector must also grow in a more sustainable way.

The power of human and recovered energies

 

 

While we are exploring new possibilities of powering the planet and slowly shifting away from fossil fuels, two particular concepts have passed un-noticed. In fact, they should be an integral part of the solution: human and recovered energies.

Food security: asking the right questions

 

 

We have been relying on the same food practices since the invention of agriculture thousands of years ago, but in the 21st century the world needs to deeply rethink these practices and find new ways of feeding the planet.

Ozone: the forgotten threats

 

 

 

Significant improvements have been made to slow the trend of ozone depletion, yet the problem is still with us and we cannot afford to ignore it. Awareness of the ozone problem has completely lost momentum and seems to have been forgotten by the media.

The value of water: a lesson from arid areas

 

 

Fresh water depletion has been identified as one of the most problematic and impactful issues that we will have to face during the century. Yet, in most modern societies treated fresh water is wasted in large amounts while at the same time many places are facing imminent severe water shortage.

Climate forcing and the threats of feedback mechanisms

 

 

While we tend to plan for the future based on current climate inputs and observations, we should also look ahead and take into consideration the dramatic turn of events that could result from positive feedback mechanisms.

Demystifying the concept of sustainable construction

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There is a widespread misperception within the construction sector of what it really means to reduce the environmental load of buildings. While efforts to save energy are intensifying, other aspects are often forgotten. This article presents what sustainable construction should be in a seven step process.

Renewing Renewables

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While the deployment of large scale renewables (mostly solar and wind) has started, the situation is such that without major changes, coal and nuclear will likely become the predominant energy sources in the decades to come. However, there is a strong case for why none of the latter energy sources should be adopted on a large scale as the solution.

Driving an innovation revolution through Biomimetics

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This century, in order to deal with growing environmental crises, significant technology breakthroughs must be found. While we are currently mostly focusing on existing ideas and improving technologies which have long been known, what we really need is a “green revolution” and new ideas to support a low carbon economy. This will only be achieved through a significant new way of thinking.

Can global sustainability be achieved without demographical considerations?

 

We are living at a point in time where environmental issues are increasing, severe and high on the agenda. They are reaching such a level that they will not only affect us all but also shape the future and directions of humanity. Since the industrial revolution human related activities have put such amounts of pressures on our environment that we are now entering an era of consequences.

Putting CSR and sustainability at the heart of a business

 

 

The role of the private sector is crucial in driving a much needed “green revolution”. The response time of governments around the world at dealing with global environmental issues is slow, and they struggle to implement even basic changes. Businesses are in a far better position. In fact, they are the only hope of driving real change quickly. If we wait for governments to react it will be too late.

Portrayal of a unique book and web portal on biodiversity and sustainable development 

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The term biodiversity was first introduced in 1985 in preparation for the national forum on biological diversity organized by the US National Research Council. In simple terms it refers to the diversity of life forms on Earth.

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