ASEAN region's first Blue Gene supercomputer will explore impact of climate modeling on Brunei's flood forecasting, crop yield, energy and rainforest resources.

IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) today announced an agreement to collaborate on climate modeling research that will investigate the impact of climate change on flood forecasting, crop yields, renewable energy and the health of rainforests in the region.

Read more: IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam to Collaborate on Climate Modeling Research


Tutong - Along with 187 other countries, Bruneians yesterday marked the "biggest global action day ever" by organising several activities that ranged from brisk walks, Beach clean-ups to recycling and tree-planting, which are among the 7,347 organised events worldwide.To observe the international grassroots movement, some 80 locals with a concern for the future environment joined hands to lead by example and raise awareness, through action, of the need to address increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that catalyse the affects of global warming.

To combat the high CO2 emissions, the Brunei Health Promotion Centre (BHPC) alongside Tumpuan Telisai Religious School organised a "green day" under the 350 pledge (to lower the global carbon footprint).

Read more: Brunei Joins Global Climate Action Day


Brunei-Muara - Brunei joined 188 other countries around the world in holding a Global Work Party, as part of the 10:10 initiative to raise awareness on lowering carbon emissions.Universiti Brunei Darussalam planted 350 trees in an area that was razed by fire not long ago to do their part in the global warming mitigation campaign.

"It's to tell people we have to keep to 350 parts per million of emissions for the whole word," said Dr Irene Chong Poh Ai, a lecturer from UBD.

"Other countries are doing it too and not just planting trees, (using) solar panels, as well," said Dr Chong.

The majority of the students at the UBD tree-planting project were from the Brunei Environment and Community Action course, with each of these students planted four saplings, with the rest planted by volunteers.

With the help of the Forestry Department at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, predetermined areas behind the university were selected for planting.

Read more: 350 Trees Against Climate Change


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