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The World Bank today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding later this year with the Government of Korea, to strengthen cooperation and sharing of expertise in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among Asian nations. This is "both timely and relevant, given the increasing convergence of the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation agendas," said World Bank Sector Director for Sustainable Development in the East Asia and Pacific region (EAP), John Roome, pledging Bank's support for the implementation of the Incheon road map at a high level plenary of the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction here today.

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A new long-term investigation has revealed that global warming and climate change are having a profound effect on mountain vegetation, especially at low elevations.

The research was carried out by scientists in the United States, who wanted to investigate how vegetation patterns changed on and around mountains over the past 60 years or so

Experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California in Davis (UCD) collaborated on this investigation. 

One of the main applications for the new work is that conservationists could start developing regional landscape predictions, which would enable them to gain an idea of how that environment will react to climate change. 

Read more: Data Shows Climate Change Impact on Mountain Vegetation

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Delegates attending the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which convened from 24-28 October 2010, in Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea, approved a five-year regional roadmap to establish climate resilient disaster risk management systems by 2015.

Read more: Asian Ministers Adopt Roadmap to Cope with Climate-related Hazards

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