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UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing fires on the islands of Sumatra, Borneo and Papua:

“UNEP has observed with increasing alarm the spread of forest and peat fires on the islands of Sumatra, Borneo and Papua. We are deeply concerned about the effects these fires are having not only on the health of local populations, ecosystems and wildlife, but the global climate as well.

Read more: Statement of UNEP on Southeast Asian Fires

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An airplane is partially submerged by floodwaters in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2011. Climate change impacts can cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses to businesses. Image: Onizu3d/Shutterstock.com

To cut emissions and avert extreme climate change, societies and economies will have to make big changes in how they operate. Experts at a recent seminar discussed why businesses must play their part.

Read more: The climate risk to your business

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ADB is set to commit $2 billion from 2015-2017 to address major constraints to food security

Asia and the Pacific faces a food ‘storm’ in the coming decades unless it takes decisive steps to respond to a host of pressures on its food supplies – including from climate change.

Read more: Countering Climate Extremes Key to Asia’s Food Future

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