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WEATHERING THE STORM: More studies need to be done if we are to cope

(Column) IN June, world leaders will again meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for  a global discourse on the fate of the planet we all share. The first meeting there was held 20 years ago. The subject matter is still the same. What do we do about the state of the   environment which is increasingly under threat. And the threat is by us.

Read more: Malaysia, ready for climate change?

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Climate change is a real and immediate challenge faced by countries around the world. Malaysia is still a developing nation, which is why taking measure now and initiating a change in behaviour is not only prudent, but also easier than it will be in the future.  

The government’s stand on carbon pollution has been made clear; everyone knows about the pledge to reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 40 per cent by the year 2020.

Read more: Green Technology: Addressing energy security, sustainable development

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Photo from Reuters.comArm yourselves with hats, umbrellas and sunblock lotion the days are going to get hotter over the next 80 years.

A map depicting the likely physical impact of climate change on South-East Asia showed that the temperature on the warmest days can rise by as much as 6°C by the end of the century.

The map, produced by Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) together with the Met Office Hadley Centre, revealed that the hike in temperature would be worse for inland sites of the region, areas like Thailand, Laos and Borneo.

Read more: Things to start heating up

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