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Investments in renewable energy will be able to help lift a large chunk of Asia Pacific’s population out of energy poverty, said energy experts on Wednesday.

One fifth of Apac’s population – some 800 million – still lack reliable access to energy.

“While everyone is talking about large-scale renewable energy projects, we should not forget that some people don’t have basic access to electricity,” said Jiwan Acharya, Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) climate change specialist.

He was speaking at the Clean Energy Expo Asia, held in Singapore this week, which brings policymakers and energy experts together to discuss key issues in the areas of sustainable energy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Read more: Energy poverty in Asia-Pacific must be tackled

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Fate of the WorldAn Oxfordshire company is challenging people to save the planet from climate change through a computer game.

The games developer Red Redemption has created 'Fate of the World' which puts the Earth's future in players' hands. Gobion Rowlands, the company's founder, said: "We're getting an amazing reaction for the game. "There's worldwide attention. Everything we do is for a global audience but we're most at home in Oxford. "Oxford is core to everything we do and the university has been amazingly supportive."

Series of missions

In 'Fate of the World' the player must find a way to protect Earth's dwindling resources and climate over a period of 200 years. As head of the Global Environment Organisation the gamer must find ways to meet the needs of an increasing population and complete a series of missions to save the human race. "It's a follow up to a game we did in 2007 called Climate Challenge. We found that 9 out of 10 players first time through caused maximum destruction!

Read more: Climate change computer game released by Oxford company

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Moratorium on schemes to reduce global warming clashes with reports urging more research.

A last-ditch remedy for an ailing planet, or a reckless scheme that could be a greater threat to life on Earth than the problem it aims to solve? Opinions are sharply divided on geoengineering — potential massive interventions in the global climate system, intended to forestall the worst effects of climate change.

Last week, participants in the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) made their views clear at a meeting in Nagoya, Japan. They included in their agreement to protect biodiversity a moratorium on geo engineering "until there is an adequate scientific basis on which to justify such activities and appropriate consideration of the associated risks". The moratorium, expected to be in force by 2012, isn't legally binding, and given the preliminary nature of studies in the area it is unlikely to affect researchers in the near future. But some scientists fear that the CBD's stance will sow confusion and delay at a time when governments and research groups are exploring how geo engineering might feasibly be undertaken if global warming accelerates disastrously.

Read more: Geoengineering faces ban

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