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The Liveability Challenge 2020
By 2050, 2.5 billion more people will live in cities, demanding more food, products and conveniences than ever before.
But the ongoing climate crisis will lead to food security challenges. Changing weather patterns and a decline in arable land for farming will threaten the nutritional status of millions of people, while agricultural production continues to contribute 11 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Is the answer found in non-traditional farms and labs in cities?
Meanwhile 91 per cent of all plastics ever produced—mostly used for packaging—have not been recycled. This is only the tip of the iceberg for packaging waste, a symptom of the modern economy’s obsession with a take-make-waste society that has created a waste problem of epic proportions in societies around the world. Can the world find new ways to package and consume goods?
Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will not happen without a strategy to actively remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Although carbon capture, storage and utilisation technologies are nascent, costly and space intensive, it represents a huge trillion-dollar business opportunity.
Do you have a solution? From 14 January to 17 April, The Liveability Challenge is welcoming proposals to make cities in the tropics sustainable and future-ready. The winner will secure up to S$1 million in funding for project development.