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13 Articles by Shom Teoh

Taking on the Toilet Troubles of the World

Firstly, are you eating? Well, put your food away before you continue reading, because this article is mainly about the devastating consequences of human incapacity to manage our, um, daily bodily discharges. I'm warning you first because many of us live in strongly faecophobic societies, where discussing fecal waste ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in September 2008, about Children and Families, Health, Water

Towards the New Climate Deal: The Trail from Accra

We're now nearly halfway to the New Climate Deal to succeed the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012. The deadline is 2009 in Copenhagen. While public attention was temporarily swept up by the Beijing Olympics, government negotiations have been plodding on for a week from the 21st to 27th ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in September 2008, about Climate Change, Economics, Politics & Government

Banking on an Unsustainable Future? The Link between Debt and the Destruction of Nature

By now, at least most of us would agree that "growth mania" - the obsession with infinite economic growth - is one of the root causes of environmental destruction. So, to truly achieve sustainability, humanity as a whole would have to stabilize itself at a condition which ecological economists term as the ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in September 2008, about Consumerism, Economics, Finance & Money, Philosophy & Religion (2 comments)

Plainly Speaking: How Much Time Do We Really Have Left?

Alas, most people can be ‘jolted' to their senses only if the eventuality of disaster is quantified in cold, hard numbers. This is the strategy employed by a UK think tank, the New Economics Foundation (NEF), to trigger a much needed sense of crisis for action to tackle climate change ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in September 2008

Africa: Next in Line to Get Trashed

Guiyu in China and Chennai in India are already well-publicized representations of the global neighbourhood's most ghastly e-waste dump sites - where young and old stake a paltry living out of decomposing remnants of the developed world's obsolete digital dreams, with dire health and environmental consequences. But guess who ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in September 2008, about Computing, Consumerism, Environmental Disasters, Health, Industry & Business, Pollution, Recycling

One More Reason to Protect the Rainforests: Clues about Handling Our Liquor!

Because they're home to creatures such as the pen-tailed tree shrew, a tiny mouse-like creature with a feathery tail that dwells in the tropical rainforests of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. They're not only cute enough to star in animated movies like Madagascar, but guess what, they can even ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in August 2008, about Deforestation, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Health (1 comment)

The Inconvenient Truth for Convenience-Obsessed Japan

It's the first week of the spring semester. My Japanese friend, Mizuki, and I took our first steps into our just-renovated, spanking new faculty building. I marveled at the gleaming floors and the squeaky-clean interior, while Mizuki suddenly let out a loud groan. "Geez, where are the vending machines ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in August 2008, about Consumerism, Design, Emissions, Energy Saving, Food, Philosophy & Religion

Conservation Agriculture; A New Green Label to Rival Organic?

Are you an avid green shopper who diligently buys organic? Well, you might or might not be happy to know that soon, there may be an alternative for you to consider, and it's called Conservation Agriculture (CA). According to the Economist, CA may emerge as a new green agriculture ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in August 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Clean Technologies, Consumerism, Food

Fan Power for a Cool Summer

For those who are living in the northern hemisphere, the weather is gradually turning from warm to unbearably hot as we inch closer towards summer being in full-swing. Over here in Kyoto, Japan, the temperature has been climbing fast, and people are starting to crank up their air-conditioning at every ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in July 2008, about Clean Technologies, Energy Saving, Weather

CSR and Asia: Potential and Limits

Except for certain countries like Japan, South Korea and India, in the rest of Asia, the word ‘corporate social responsibility' (CSR) was just another fancy academic management term found in that occasional ‘feel good' newspaper article highlighting some acts of philanthropy by large, and usually Western, multinational companies (MNCs). Meanwhile ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in July 2008, about Consumerism, Industry & Business, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government (1 comment)

Green Consumerism: The Case for Scuppies

The environmental movement has certainly grown from strength to strength since its Swampy-style conservationist roots in the 1950s. Today, green thinking has not only penetrated mainstream global politics but also popular culture, spawning new generations of eco-conscious consumer subgroups in the process. From eco-mums to green fashionistas, I find it ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in June 2008, about Consumerism, Philosophy & Religion

Eye on the G8 Summit - the Post Kyoto Struggle Goes on

Next month, leaders from the Group of Eight (G-8) comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States will spend three days in Toyako, Hokkaido at the G-8 Summit to discuss issues of mutual concern. With climate change topping the summit’s agenda, Prime Minister ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in June 2008, about Climate Change, Consumerism, Finance & Money, Politics & Government, Weather

Japanese Water Car Unveiled

Editor’s note: With this post we welcome Shom Teoh to the Celsias writing team. Shom is from Malaysia and currently lives in Kyoto, Japan where she is pursuing her MSc in Environmental Management at Kyoto University. Her specialty is Global Ecological Economics. She has also worked as a technology ... keep reading

Written by Shom Teoh in June 2008, about Architecture, Clean Technologies, Coal & Oil, Transport, Water (18 comments)

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