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Manila, Philippines - Adaptation is the adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic conditions or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities. Best practices abound now in many parts of the world on community-based adaptation activities to cope with climate change risks. Among these are:

Read more: Adapting to climate change

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Many Asian companies are focusing on how best to recycle waste productsClimate change sceptics might not like to admit it, but Asia is embracing environmentally-friendly technologies.

China is spending tens of billions of dollars every year on renewable energy projects - almost twice the next biggest spender in this field, the US - while South Korea's clean energy capacity more than tripled in 2009.

Asia is not, then, the environmental laggard some in the West would have us believe.

In fact, growth in what the industry calls the clean tech, or environmental technology, sector looks set to take off.

Read more: Asia technology comes clean to provide green solutions

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“Climate change poses an immediate and grave threat, driving ill health and increasing the risk of conflict, such that each feeds on the other.” asserts a new report in the British Medical Journal by a group of UK defense, medical and public health officials.*

The somewhat unusual collaborative report draws upon several previous studies’ findings (in the U.S. and UK) to make its case. In particular, a recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is quoted at length, citing “the effects of climate change will present a threat to collective security and global order in the first half of the 21st century. This will limit access to food, safe water, power, sanitation, and health services and drive mass migration and competition for remaining resources.”

Read more: Climate Change, Conflict & Ill Health Linked, Pose ‘Grave Threat’

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