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Researchers found greater than expected loss of forests in Southeast Asia. Credit: Photos courtesy of the researchers

Researchers using satellite imaging have found much greater than expected deforestation since 2000 in the highlands of Southeast Asia, a critically important world ecosystem. The findings are important because they raise questions about key assumptions made in projections of global climate change as well as concerns about environmental conditions in Southeast Asia in the future.

Read more: Southeast Asian forest loss greater than expected, with negative climate implications

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao attended the opening session of the Sixth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) Council at the Furama International Conference Center in Danang, Vietnam June 27. ADB plans to mobilize concessional co-financing and provide high-value knowledge-enhancing products and services, including in the areas of intraregional and urban transport, agricultural and rural development, poverty reduction, waste water and drainage and climate change resilience, Vietnam Bridge reports. During his talks with Chairman of the Danang City People’s Committee, Huynh Duc Tho, Nakao discussed ADB’s ongoing support to improve the water supply and solid waste management in the city.

Read more: ADB Committed To Support For Vietnam In Wastewater, Drainage, Climate Change Resilience

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A scene of devastation in Japan after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Natural disasters are expected to intensify in strength thanks to climate change. Image: Warren Antiola, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Disaster risk management has always been a high priority in Southeast Asia, but climate change is making the problem all the more urgent and challenging, writes NUS’Vinod Thomas.

Southeast Asia, already on the path of tropical storms originating from the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, has seen a spike in climate disasters as global warming aggravates these hazards of nature. The dangers are compounded by the fact that the region also has a high population density, with large urban populations in low-lying cities, including the megacities, Jakarta and Manila.

Read more: Climate change raises the bar for disaster resilience

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