Private citizens and military personnel join hands as they volunteer to re-pack relief goods composed of food clothing and other basic necessities at the Department of Social Welfare and development headquarters in Pasay, Philippines November 18, 2013

BANGKOK -- The US government is setting up a course to train officials in the Asia-Pacific region in the basics of preparing and financing projects to help communities weather climate change, experts from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Friday.

Read more: Asia-Pacific trains for disruptions in climate


Ubon Sriratanapitak, who grows organic limes and vegetables in Klong Jinda, is working with the Green Net Foundation along with other growers and farmers to establish a local seed bank.

Farmers are pioneering dynamic responses to climate change by allowing nature’s diversity to guide the way.

They’re big, round, vibrant green and stacked as far as the eye can see along both sides of the highway. They are also a sign that you have arrived in Nakhon Pathom, famous for juicy, sweet pomelos. But caution: pull over and sink your teeth into the fruit and you’ll know you’ve been deceived. A sharp, tangy jolt awaits the taste buds — a telltale sign these fruits no longer originate from local soil.

Read more: Thailand’s farmers adapt and respond to climate change


BANGKOK — New buildings will soon be required to introduce new technology and equipment to reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent from the 2010 base if they are to win construction licenses.

The list of products with the “Eco” label will be expanded to cover new devices like tablets and mobile phones, to ensure that only energy-efficient devices are in use.

These are among a series of measures outlined by the Energy Ministry in the quest to lower Thailand’s energy intensity by 30 per cent by 2036 from the 2010 base. The integrated energy-efficiency plan is designed to put stricter control on existing industrial and commercial buildings, all new buildings, electronic and electrical appliances, utility producers, and the transport sector and government agencies.

Read more: Thailand on path towards lower energy consumption


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