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When talking about the world's environment, sometimes it seems that there is no room for optimism.

Climate change has reached an irreversible point, which in turn is increasing the temperature of the world, melting ice caps, and contributing to the world's rising sea levels.

Meanwhile, things aren't looking good among our immediate neighbours in the region, as deforestation, open burning, and slash and burn practices still reign in some parts of the world.

All this, combined with pollution, makes for a not so pretty picture of the earth that we're leaving for our children.

But, the people around the world have taken notice of the world's ills, and major governments are working on solutions on how we can at least slow down the effects and start shaping a better world for the future.

One of those initiatives that have taken hold globally, is renewable energy.

Read more: Clean, Green And Profitable, A Look At M'sia's Switch To Renewable Energy


Farmers till a field in the southern city of Can Tho. Scientists are compiling a crop map for the Mekong Delta to counter the growing climate change impact in the region.

The plan will determine which crops would be cultivated and on what scale based on annual weather and natural disaster predictions, said Nguyen Hong Son head of the Department of Cultivation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Read more: Crop map being drawn to cope with Mekong Delta climate change


AL Gore is back on the scene with a second blockbuster climate change movie.

The failed presidential candidate turned climate campaigner has followed up his first foray into film making, An Inconvenient Truth, with the similarly titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

Al Gore is releasing a new movie titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Read more: All The Gorey Details


AFTER: The sidewalk at Siam Square last Thursday. Barricades have been set up below Siam skytrain station where a bustling night market used to be to prevent street vendors from returning. (The Straits Times/Tan Hui Yee)

Air pollution in 14 provinces across Thailand is much higher than World Health Organisation (WHO) safe limits, Greenpeace revealed Monday in a shock report.

Read more: Air pollution alert in 14 Thai provinces


KUALA LUMPUR  - One in four people in Myanmar live in low-quality housing, exposing them to greater threats during natural disasters, the United Nations said Friday.

Read more: Millions of improved homes needed in Myanmar to cut disaster risk: UN


Slash-and-burn agriculture can wreak havoc with peatlands and forests. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Malaysia has been losing much of its peatlands and their ongoing loss bodes ill for the country’s environment. Peat swamps are home to a great deal of biodiversity with a fascinating kaleidoscope of species. They also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide. In fact, peat swamps in Malaysia may store up to 20 times more carbon than adjacent lowland forests.

Read more: Slash-and-Burn Agriculture must Stop


For Malaysia, one important driver for reducing carbon emissions is the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015.

URBAN development is the primary producer of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. Fuelled by rising population, the situation will worsen unless steps are taken to implement green and sustainable development.

For Malaysia, one important driver for reducing carbon emissions is the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015. In Paris, we had made the commitment to reduce our carbon intensity of GDP by 45% by the year 2030 as compared with the 2005 level.

Read more: Positioning Malaysia at the forefront of low carbon cities


In 2015, massive fires burned across Indonesia, releasing hazardous smoke across neighboring countries. How close is the country to meeting its goal of reducing haze from future fires?

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Read more: Here’s What Indonesia is Doing About its Deadly Haze from Forest and Peatland Fires


Tropical deforestation accelerates climate change, and 40 percent of it happens in two countries: Brazil and Indonesia. Governments, NGOs, and businesses, meanwhile, have launched dozens of efforts to correct this – but those efforts will only succeed if they work together. Here’s how to make that happen.

Read more: How Brazil And Indonesia Can Meet The Climate Challenge


If climate change is the defining challenge for human society, preserving tropical forests is essential - and faith can help, says World Resources Institute distinguished senior fellow Frances Seymour.

A Buddhist monk rests in Sra Damrei, a peaceful spot in the Phnom Kulen National Park in Cambodia. Religious leaders across the world are helping to mobilise people of faith to take climate action, including protecting forests. Image: Guillén Pérez, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

I grew up as the minister’s daughter in a Baptist church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a college town in the southern US. I witnessed first-hand how organized and energized faith communities took on the cause of racial justice in the early 1960s, as church leaders and lay members pushed to integrate the public school system, restaurants, and even the University of North Carolina basketball team.

Read more: Keeping faith in forests


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