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YANGON -- As part of its environment protection efforts, Myanmar, a signatory of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, is taking measures targeting the conservation of the eco-system in coastal areas and striving to improve water resources management in the country.

Read more: Myanmar working to preserve eco-system in coastal areas, improve water management

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Stephan Wulffaarat of WWF-Indonesia, who is the main author of “The Environmental Status of Borneo 2016”, briefly present the outcome of the joint report. Pix courtesy of WWF-Indonesia

KUCHING-Environmental health in the whole of Borneo continued to record a declining trend last year.

Read more: Call for collaborative efforts to preserve environmental health of Borneo

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Smoke billows as an area of the Amazon rain forest is burned to clear land for agriculture on Sept. 23, 2013, near Novo Progresso, in Brazil’s Para state. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

A surprising scientific study released Thursday presents troubling news about the enormous forests of the planet’s tropical midsection — suggesting that they are releasing hundreds of millions of tons of carbon to the atmosphere, rather than storing it in the trunks of trees and other vegetation.

Read more: Tropical forests used to protect us from climate change. Now, scientists say, they’re making it...

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Two UConn graduate students who are passionate about climate change are on a mission to change the world one video at a time. Credit: University of Connecticut  Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-10-social-media-climate.html#jCp

On a typical Friday night, most graduate students would be thinking about their weekend plans to see friends and blow off steam.Instead two UConn Ph.D. candidates are devoting their downtime to tackling climate change one video at a time.

Read more: Using social media to take on climate change

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 Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters were attacked by dogs and sprayed with a respiratory irritant when they arrived at the site. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Global leaders must do more to protect indigenous people fighting to protect their land and way of life if the world is to limit climate change, according to the UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

Read more: Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

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Six people lost their lives when Typhoon Doksuri smashed into central Vietnam on September 16, the most powerful storm in a decade to hit the country.

Although widespread evacuations prevented a higher death toll, the impact on the region’s most vulnerable people will be extensive and lasting.

Government sources report that more than 193,000 properties have been damaged, including 11,000 that were flooded. The storm also caused widespread damage to farmland, roads, and water and electricity infrastructure. Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces bore the brunt of the damage.

Typhoon Doksuri’s aftermath. EPA

Read more: Vietnam’s typhoon disaster highlights the plight of its poorest people

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Promoting Climate-Smart and Climate-Ambitious National SDG Reporting: Global Goals Week

  • CARE and WWF regard the SDGs and the Paris Agreement as “twin tracks” for developing sustainably and equitably in a carbon-constrained world.
  • We assessed the 2016 Voluntary National Reviews and the findings suggest that there is much more that countries can do to address the climate change and sustainable development nexus.
  • We offer five recommendations, including: consider climate change at the planning stage for VNRs and think about how climate change is being addressed or has adverse impacts across all of the SDGs.

Read more: Promoting Climate-Smart and Climate-Ambitious National SDG Reporting: Global Goals Week

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BANGKOK-- As a Thailand Government review of three crop protection chemicals for potential banning or restriction continues, an unprecedented collection of leading national and regional agricultural organizations have joined forces to express their support for Thailand Farmers and their access to the innovative technologies they depend on -- including the responsible use of safe and effective pesticides.

Read more: Thailand & Regional Agricultural Leaders Join Forces to 'Put Thai Farmers First'

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The government recently announced big steps forward in Singapore’s renewable energy future, it intends to install solar panels across all new Housing Development Board blocks, with costs of installation about 40 percent less than before.

Read more: Hydrogen a more sustainable bet for Singapore’s energy future — Jason Tan Han Wei

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A man holds a baby on a bridge over a garbage-filled creek in Manila on September 22, 2017. Giant Western consumer products brands led by Nestle, Unilever and Procter & Gamble cause serious ocean pollution by packaging products sold in the Philippines in cheap and disposable plastics, Greenpeace alleged on September 22. The environmental watchdog group ranked the Philippines as the "third worst polluter into the world's oceans" behind China and Indonesia in a report released in Manila. Noel Celis/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Environmental group Greenpeace has ranked the Philippines as the "third-worst polluter into the world's oceans" after China and Indonesia in a report released Friday in Manila.

Read more: Philippines third worst polluter of oceans, report says

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