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Asia must embrace clean energy for the sake of its own security, said an Asian Development Bank official on Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Clean Energy Expo Asia 2010, ADB’s WooChong Um told the audience that the growth of Asian economies has led to an equally large increase in energy demand which is being met through the use of fossil fuels.

This, in turn, has increased the dependence of the region on oil – the market for which has historically been shown to be unstable, especially as global reserves of fossil fuels dwindle. More dangerously, high oil prices have been shown to significantly impact economic growth.

“Clearly, over-reliance on fossil fuels places Asia in a very precarious situation with regards to energy security,” said Mr Um, who is deputy director of the ADB’s Regional and Sustainable Development Department.

Read more: Clean energy a matter of security for Asia: ADB

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The White House should come up with a strategy for federal research into large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system that could help tackle climate change, a new watchdog report concludes.

The Government Accountability Office found in its report more than 50 current studies, totaling slightly more than $100 million, focusing on piecemeal strategies to reverse climate change, but none directly addresses what would happen if adventurous programs on carbon dioxide reduction and solar radiation management were put in place.

Read more: White House Should Coordinate Geoengineering Research to Help Fight Climate Change

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St Cyprians School and Hout Bay High School, in the Western Cape, are the first two schools in the world to participate in the Shout project, an environmental initiative that harnesses thepower of education and technology.

The sixth annual Microsoft Worldwide Education Innovation Forum kicked off this week with a tour of the two schools in Cape Town, as part of a demonstration to show how technology can facilitate 21st Century learning, while bringing awareness around climate change.

Shout was created out of a partnership between Microsoft Partners in Learning, TakingITGlobal and the Smithsonian Institution, based in Washington.

Read more: Local schools take on climate change

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