An international expert on nature preservation has called for a bigger role for women in discussing climate change, as they are more vulnerable to its impacts.

“Why are women, particularly poor women, disproportionately vulnerable to climate change? It’s because many women live in conditions of social exclusion,” Lorena Aguilar told The Korea Herald as she prepared for the Global Women Capital Forum in Seoul.

Aguilar currently serves as a Global Senior Gender Advisor of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. She has dedicated more than two and half decades of efforts toward sustainable and equitable human development incorporating social and gender issues into the use and conservation of natural resources.

Read more: Women’s role in climate issues emphasized



Indian researchers say that the food industry generates a lot of waste products, but one of these, eggshells, could help combat climate change.

Basab Chaudhuri of the University of Calcutta and colleagues have shown that the membrane that lines an eggshell can absorb almost seven times its own weight of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Read more: Eggshells could help combat climate change, say Indian scientists



Where is an urgent countermeasure when the world needs one? Nature hadn't been easy on Asia. Super typhoon mega megi is approaching Hong Kong from Philippines, Pakistan just this year greatly suffered from both Hunza Lake disaster and floods, and more than 600,000 people were displaced by tropical Cyclone Ketsana in the Philippines on 26 September 2009. But what are we to worry when we have way more than twelve Olympians to put heads together?

Vanguards of the disaster risk reduction gathered at the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction at Songdo ConvensiA from October 25-28.

(From left) Representatives from Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, and Samoa(From left) Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, and Samoa

Dr. Park Yeon-soo, administrator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) welcomed the guests and said, "This Asian Ministeral Conference is a conference co-hosted by the United Nations, City of Incheon, and NEMA in order to discuss the mutual cooperation method and unified resolution for the disaster issues, such as heavy rain and catastrophic typhoon caused by the climate change, with the Ministers of disaster management departments in Asia-Pacific region, UN agencies, NGOs, and so on. We are here to pursue safer future by suggesting 'Regional Roadmap and Action Plan for DRR through CCA' in Asia-Pacific region." 

Read more: 4th AMCDRR, What Do We Do When the Nature Goes Hard on Us?


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