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The video, shot by National Geographic-contributing photographer Paul Nicklen and filmmakers from a conservation group called Sea Legacy, shows the starving animal making its way with difficulty across the terrain. PHOTO: PAUL NICKLEN/INSTAGRAM.

A video of an emaciated polar bear on iceless land has highlighted starkly the drastic effects of climate change.

Read more: Video of starving polar bear highlights climate change effects

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KOTA KINABALU- Semporna is leading the way in adopting the Coral Bleaching Early Response Plan to protect its rich coral reef ecosystem.

Semporna district officerDrChacho Bulah recently launched the plan during the six-day Semporna Marine Eco Week 2017, which ended on Dec 2.

The plan aims to monitor coral bleaching and promotes recovery. Assessment will be carried out 
by Sabah Parks, Reef Check Malaysia, Scuba Junkie SEAS, Reef Dive Resort, Pom-Pom Island Resort, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Malaysia.

Chacho said to sustain Semporna’s tourism industry, the district’s coral ecosystem must be healthy and resilient to face climate change.

Healthy coral reefs in Semporna. Reefs are areas of high biodiversity, providing food and habitat to marine life, but they are being threatened by rising sea temperatures. PIX COURTESY OF WWF MALAYSIA

“Most foreigners I have spoken to only know Sipadan as one of the top five diving destinations in the world.

“As the gateway to Sipadan, Semporna has not been recognized as center of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle region.”

He said there was a need for strong commitment and cooperation between government agencies, tourism players, non-governmental organizations(NGOs) and local communities to conserve marine life and coral reefs.

Read more: Semporna leads the way in coral reef protection

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Dr Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, who received Nhan Tai Dat Viet (Vietnam Talent) Award for his general research on the biodiversity of Truong Son Mountains, affirmed that Vietnam needs to set up master plan on the mountain range area to ensure sustainability.   

Truong Son is one of the richest biodiversity centers in the world

In 2010, when the first national workshop on protecting the biodiversity of Truong Son Mountains was organized, Sinh and scientists understood they were considering a very important issue. 

Read more: Truong Son mountains: promising area for climate-change adaptation

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PETALING JAYA- Climate change has disrupted the fruit seasons in Malaysia, according to the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).

Read more: Climate change is disrupting the Malaysian ecology: MNS

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Pope Francis has once again underscored the perils of manmade “climate change,” urging nations to adopt practical measures to counteract its effects.

After his “Angelus” message in Saint Peter’s Square Sunday, the Pope gave a shout-out to the “One Planet Summit” that will take place in Paris this week, voicing his hopes for the summit’s success in fighting climate change.

“Two years after the adoption of the Paris climate agreement,” the summit will renew its commitment and “consolidate a shared strategy to counter the worrisome phenomenon of climate change,” the pontiff stated.

Read more: Pope Francis Endorses Paris Summit for Combating ‘Worrisome Phenomenon of Climate Change’

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Nine provinces in Southern Thailand are affected by flooding as heavier than usual monsoon rains continue to fall on the area. The storms sweeping across this narrow stretch of land separating the Gulf of Thailand from the Andaman Sea have also affected northern Malaysia.

Read more: Thailand floods: Villagers frustrated over government inaction

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Timor-Leste’s response to the El Niño emergency in 2015-16 has exposed the challenges ahead as climate-induced disasters become commonplace in the future.

Read more: Lessons From The Field: Timor-Leste And El Niño – Analysis

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Handover of five rainwater harvesting tanks

Communities of Luro in Lautem municipality, Timor-Leste, gathered on October28th2017 for the handover ceremonies of five rainwater harvesting tanks. The tanks, made offeror-cement can hold 10,000 liters of rain and spring water and provides water to 15-20 household members for group-managed horticulture activities. Seven more tanks are due for handover soon to seven otheraldeias(sub-villages). The installation of the tanks comes as part of the Integrated Actions for Resilience and Adaptation (IA4RA) to climate change project that works in the nine villages in the area of the Raumoco Watershed.

Read more: European Union supports Timorese rural communities to adapt to climate change

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Mr Masagos Zulkifli stressed Singapore’s commitment to fight climate change, given that the island-state is vulnerable to the environmental impact. TODAY file photo

SINGAPORE — Next year will be designated the “Year of Climate Action” for Singapore, the Environment and Water Resources Minister announced on Thursday (Nov 16).

Read more: S’pore declares 2018 as ‘Year of Climate Action’

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ASIA’s responses to global climate change underpin the very survival of humankind and other life forms on this planet.

Read more: Towards a carbon-neutral Malaysia by 2050

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