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The Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) has issued a landmark USD95 million sustainability bond to help finance a sustainable natural rubber plantation on heavily degraded land in two provinces in Indonesia.

The project incorporates extensive social and environmental objectives and safeguards. The planted areas will serve as a buffer zone to protect a threatened national park from encroachment.

Read more: Asia's first corporate sustainability bond issued by TLFF Indonesia

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Armed with new research, a team of scientists has been working with Indonesian governments on conservation management.

Jellyfish are a common sight in ocean waters, but they also live in rare marine lakes, like this one, recently discovered in West Papua, Indonesia. Marine lakes are small bodies of seawater that are completely landlocked. There are about 200 marine lakes in the world, and less than twenty are known to contain jellyfish.On recent expeditions in Indonesia, National Geographic Explorer Lisa Becking documented four new lakes containing the sea creatures. Due to their isolated nature, each lake is a unique ecosystem. They are also warmer and saltier than the ocean, providing a glimpse into how climate change and warming waters might affect sea life in the future.

Click here to read Rare Saltwater Lakes Filled with Jellyfish Found in Indonesia.

Source: National Geographic | 28 February 2018

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It is critical to protect the environment so as to reduce the destruction of eco-systems caused by countless anthropogenic activities. It is more of a moral obligation for humans to protect the environment, from pollution and other activities that lead to environmental degradation. Importantly, environmental degradation is harmful since it threatens the long-term health of animals, humans, and plants.

Air and water pollution, global warming, smog, acid rain, deforestation, wildfires are just a few of the environmental issues that we are facing right now. It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of the environment to make this planet a wonderful place to live in. Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) recognizes this need and have always been committed to protect the environment, respect their neighbors, cause no harm to people and help the world move towards a lower carbon future.

Read more: BSP commits to protecting the environment

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A farmer uses a mobile app, while working in a rice field on the outskirts of Yangon. New smartphone apps are providing farmers with up-to-date information on everything from weather, climate change, crop prices to advice on pesticides and fertilizers

A free app on farmer San San Hla's smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years.

Read more: Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

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In July 2017 Greenlight Planet opened the first store in Myanmar offering solar products through the pay-as-you-go model. (Supplied)

Digital payment solutions are an ideal, cost-effective way to enable rural households to access reliable solar power.

SINCE REFORMS began in 2011, Myanmar has become one of the fastest-growing developing markets in Asia. Growing access to communications technology – SIM cards, fast data coverage and cheap smartphones – is helping fuel this growth.

Read more: Harnessing the power of fintech in Myanmar

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Coral bleaching poses a threat not only to fragile reefs but to entire marine ecosystems as well. Photo Credit: www.globalcoralbleaching.org

Coral bleaching is bad news for fragile marine ecosystems. Mass bleaching of corals on a wide scale is worse news still. Yet bleaching en masse reefs around the seas are, according to scientists who have surveyed bleaching records of 100 reefs collected between 1980 and 2016 from around the tropics.

The researchers, who have published their findings in the journal Science, have found that reefs are bleaching with far more frequency than ever before in recorded memory. Worse: more frequent episodes of mass bleaching allows fragile corals less time to recover. The culprit for this phenomenon is the usual suspect: climate change that increases water temperatures.

Read more: Coral Reefs are getting KO’d by Climate Change

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The Collins glacier on King George Island in the Antarctic has retreated in the last 10 years and shows signs of fragility. AFP photo

Antarctica:  A decade ago, a thick layer of ice covered the Collins Glacier on Antarctica’s King George Island.

Now, the rocky landscape is visible to the naked eye, in a region that is both a victim of and a laboratory for climate change.

Read more: Antarctica: a laboratory for climate change

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The coastal city of San Juan in Puerto Rico was flooded after Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017.Credit: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/The Washington Post/Getty

Cities must address climate change. More than half of the world’s population is urban, and cities emit 75% of all carbon dioxide from energy use 1. Meeting the target of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to keep warming well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels requires staying within a ‘carbon budget’ and emitting no more than around 800 gigatonnes of CO2 in total after 2017. Yet bringing the rest of the world up to the same infrastructure level as developed countries (those listed as Annex 1 to the Kyoto Protocol) by 2050 could take up to 350 gigatonnes of the remaining global carbon budget 2. Much of this growth will be in cities in the developing world (see ‘Urban development challenge’).

Cities are increasingly feeling the effects of extreme weather. Many are located on floodplains, in dry areas or on coasts. In 2017, more than 1,000 people died and 45 million people lost homes, livelihoods, and services when severe floods hit southeast Asian cities, including Dhaka in Bangladesh and Mumbai in India. California’s suburbs and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil have experienced floods and mudslides on the heels of drought, wildfires and heavy rains. Cape Town in South Africa has endured extreme drought since 2015. By 2030, millions of people and US$4 trillion of assets will be at risk from such events (see go.nature.com/2sbj4qh).

Read more: Six research priorities for cities and climate change

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Social media micro-influencers Marcus Nai (@marcusnai) and Melissa (@tacomels) raising awareness on climate change on their respective Instagram profiles. PHOTOS: INSTAGRAM/@MARCUSNAI, INSTAGRAM/@tacomels

SINGAPORE - Another ministry is paying social media micro-influencers to post on Instagram to spread the word of an issue.

This time, the Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) has engaged them to raise awareness on climate change and what people can do to help.

Read more: Environment ministry pays social media influencers to spread word on climate change

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Batangas, Philippines – Activists from Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Philippines unfurled a banner reading “PEOPLE AND PLANET, NOT PROFIT” from Shell’s Batangas oil refinery today, sending a sharp reminder to Shell to attend upcoming hearings into the responsibility of big fossil fuel companies for climate-related human rights harms. 

Read more: ‘People and planet, not profit’ – Greenpeace activists demand Shell show up at climate change and...

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