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The Philippines will be hosting an important gathering of senior environment officials from the 10 members of the Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to discuss climate change and environmental cooperation in the region.

Read more: PH to host ASEAN environment meet

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The co-operation agreement between Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment was signed yesterday in Hà Nội. — VNS Photo To Nhu

HÀ NỘI — A three-year agreement of cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) was signed yesterday.

Read more: Agriculture, environment sectors cooperate to enhance State management

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the discussion

NDO/VNA - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered a strong plea for international cooperation in fighting climate change while addressing a panel discussion of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7.

The Vietnamese leader was the keynote speaker of the discussion on sustainable development, climate change, and energy.

Read more: International cooperation vital to fighting climate change: Vietnamese PM

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In 2011, Bangkok was hit by its worst flooding in half a century. Source: Shutterstock

IN Phrom Samrit, a squatter settlement along a major canal in Bangkok, most of the 300 households live cheek by jowl and have become used to floods after living next to water all their lives. But now their resilience is being chipped away, says Adirak Sangnut, the slum’s elected leader.

Read more: In the face of worsening floods, Bangkok struggles to protect slum dwellers

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Negros Occidental Provincial Government, including its local government units, received the Seal of Climate Action and Governance from The Climate Reality Project Philippines for its efforts to address the challenges of the climate change crisis through a comprehensive and holistic approach in environmental governance.

Read more: NegOcc cited for climate action, governance

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Mabalacat City- Stressing the huge potential of the Philippine bamboo industry in socio-economic development and environmental protection, Senator Loren Legarda said the country’s bamboo sector requires technical and fiscal support from the government to make it more competitive in both local and international markets.

Read more: PH bamboo industry requires big boost from gov’t - Legarda

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Cebu, Philippines – Understanding the weather and climate – when storms will break, how much rain will fall, and when the rainy season will start and end – are one of the most valuable tools a smallholder farmer can possess. But what happens when the climate changes and age-old traditions are put on their end?

What happens when drought wipes out crops and washes away new irrigation pumps and maybe even a few prized pigs? What happens when bad decisions are made on bad data? And when poor farmers, without viable access to insurance or other risk reduction mechanisms, are left to fend for themselves?

Read more: The power of climate information in agriculture

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A report outlines the dramatic changes Asia-Pacific nations would face if climate change continues unchecked. Here are potential effects in the report.

POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE ASIA-PACIFIC

  • All coral reef systems in Asia-Pacific, such as the Great Barrier Reef, would collapse due to mass coral bleaching with a 4C rise. This could lead to losses of almost $US58 billion in reef-related fisheries in Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2050.
  • Even if global warming is limited to 2C as pledged in the Paris climate pact, almost all coral reefs are expected to experience severe bleaching.
  • Sea level may rise by 1.4m if temperatures increase by 4C.
  • Nineteen of the 25 cities most exposed to a 1m sea-level rise globally are in Asia-Pacific, seven of them in the Philippines alone.
  • Indonesia would be the Asian country worst-affected by coastal flooding, with about 6 million people expected to be hit each year until 2100.
  • With a 4C temperature rise, annual precipitation is expected to increase by up to 50 per cent over most land areas in the region, while some nations like Pakistan and Afghanistan may experience a 20-50 percent decline in rainfall.
  • Of the top 20 cities with the largest projected increase in annual flood losses between 2005 and 2050, 13 are in Asia - in China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.
  • Rice yields in some Southeast Asian countries could decline by up to 50 per cent by 2100 if no climate change adaptation efforts are made.
  • Heat-related deaths among people aged over 65 could rise annually by 52,000 cases by 2050.
  • The six places particularly prone to future migration linked to climate change are Bangladesh, Philippines, China, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, the Indus Delta in Pakistan and small island states in the Pacific.

Source: ADB, PIK, World Health Organisation as posted in SBS News | 14 July 2017

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Senator Loren Legarda is looking forward to stronger cooperation between the Philippines and France to mitigate the effect of climate change and expand areas of development as the two nations commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations.

Legarda, who chairs the Senate committees on foreign relations, finance, and climate change, cited the importance of Philippine’s partnership with France which has substantially complemented the nation’s efforts in addressing current global challenges.

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Legarda, a founding member of the Philippines-France Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Association, said that in recent years, the two nations have forged a stronger partnership.

Read more: Legarda looks forward to stronger PH-France ties on climate change

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BACOLOD. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Board Chairman Jose Layug speaks at the Negros Renewable Energy Summit 2017 on Thursday, July 13, at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City. (Erwin P. Nicavera)  Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/local-news/2017/07/14/negros-seen-entirely-green-region-2030-552899 Follow us: @sunstaronline on Twitter | SunStar Philippines on Facebook

WITH its abundant renewable energy resources, Negros Island Region is poised to become an entirely “green” region by 2030, an official of the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

Read more: Negros seen as entirely ‘green’ region by 2030

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