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The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement last week was regarded as a step backward for Alaska.

Lione Clare presenting her photo story to fellow Sitkans. (Photo by Cameron Clark/KCAW)Following the president’s decision, Gov. Bill Walker announced that “Alaskans know our landscape is changing at an accelerating pace. We are experiencing social and economic upheaval caused by shrinking sea ice, rising sea level, increasing intensity of storms, and increasing coastal erosion.” And it’s not just Alaska. A college student from Sitka is exploring how climate change is affecting Southeast Asia too.

Read more: Sitkan focuses lens on climate change in Southeast Asia

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The world’s nations met at Marrakech to map out implementation of the Paris Agreement. Photo: Center for International Forestry Research/Grace Wong

The implications of international agreements on the ten countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their extensive forests was explained at an Experts Dialogue in Indonesia

Read more: From Paris to Marrakech: forests, climate change and REDD+ in Southeast Asia

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 “Is climate-smart agriculture [CSA] an oxymoron?”, Lisa Schipper, a researcher, questioned in regard to a new farming concept outlined in the 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Sri Lanka recently.

The concept of CSA was invented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2010 to sustainably increase productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduce/remove greenhouse gases (mitigation) and enhance national food security and development goals.

Read more: Climate-smart agriculture not an oxymoron

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