Southeast Asia

Agriculture experts of six countries joint in International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS) to hold congress and international seminar in discussing agriculture and climate change at Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur – Bali. It hold on November 14 – 18, 2010.

The Head of Congress Crew Prof. Dr. Ir. Gede Mahardika, MS accompanied by Congress Secretary Dr. GN Alit Susanta Wirya, SP, M.Agr. said this congress followed by 137 delegation of Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippine, and Malaysia. Phillipine delegation as much as 44 people, then Thailand as much as 31 people, Malaysia as much as 13 people, Vietnam contributed 10 person, and the rest is Indonesian.

Read more: Six Agriculture Experts Discuss Climate Change


MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Asia and the Pacific must work harder to address air pollution alongside broader efforts to counter climate change, and a new Clean Air Scorecard developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help the region do that.

"We think it's critical to have a comprehensive air quality measure to allow governments to judge how best to tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions," said Nessim J. Ahmad, Director of ADB's Environment and Safeguards Division. "And working to improve air quality will benefit everyone's health and productivity, especially that of the poor who are most exposed to pollution."

Read more: ADB's Clean Air Scorecard to Help Asia Reduce Air Pollution


(Reuters) - Scientists studying tree rings to reconstruct the past have found that major volcanic eruptions can boost rains in Southeast Asia, challenging a common perception of volcanoes as purely destructive forces.

Studies in the past have shown massive eruptions such as the 1815 Tambora blast, and Krakatau in 1883, both in Indonesia, dimmed temperatures globally and wiped out crops.

Researchers at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in the United States wanted to study the impacts on the Asian monsoon, whose rains are vital to crops and livelihoods for billions of people.

Read more: Volcanic blasts can boost SE Asia rains -study


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