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Southeast Asia

Taipei 101 building before and during Earth Hour on March 28, 2015. Lights will go out in some 7,000 cities and towns from New York to New Zealand for Earth Hour to raise awareness on the need for sustainable energy use, and this year also to demand action to halt planet-harming climate change. AFP PHOTO

SYDNEY: Hong Kong’s iconic skyline dimmed and the sails on Sydney’s Opera House went dark Saturday, as lights on landmarks across Asia were switched off for the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour.

Read more: Lights out as Earth Hour kicks off


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aims to implement the ASEAN Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Programme, as access to risk capital and immediate liquidity post-disaster is recognized as increasingly important to the region’s growth.

Read more: ASEAN to implement disaster risk financing & insurance programme


Ms. Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat.

Southeast Asia's huge and growing demand for energy will set the tone for the global fight against climate change, the United Nations climate chief said yesterday, and the region needs to plan energy investments carefully or risk higher health costs, more damage from extreme weather and loss of competitiveness.

Read more: Southeast Asia has central role in global climate fight


SINGAPORE — As the pace of urbanisation picks up, it is important to realise that biodiversity is linked to and can affect one’s quality of life, said Dr Lena Chan, the director of the National Biodiversity Centre at the National Parks Board (NParks) yesterday.

Read more: Biodiversity ‘can affect our quality of life’


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