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Despite multilateral regional cooperation on marine protection, there is no overarching regional convention or institution governing the management of shared marine environment. FILE PIC

MARINE environmental protection and management is an important aspect of climate change adaptation. Coastal and marine habitats, especially coral reefs and wetlands, are bastions against waves, erosion and flooding that are predicted to get more frequent and intensified.

Read more: The case of South China Sea

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(File pix) Wind turbines at a wind park in Bac Lieu province, Vietnam. Vietnam has abandoned a nuclear energy project signed in 2010 for economic reasons. Reuters photo

THE nuclear crisis that occurred in Fukushima, Japan, six years ago globally reignited the debate over the viability of nuclear power as an energy source.

Read more: Energy security through nuclear power?

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Education is a key factor in encouraging awareness and changing of mindsets on fighting climate change said the European Union. (Pix by ROSELA ISMAIL)

SUBANG JAYA - Education is a key factor in encouraging awareness and changing of mindsets on fighting climate change said the European Union.

Read more: Education key to changing mindset towards climate change

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On 2nd of June 2017, the whole world was shocked by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement.

This unprecendented move means the USA as the first major superpower in the world to pull out from the agreement, joining only Syria and Nicaragua as the countries in the United Nations not acceding to the Paris Agreement.

With the USA pulling out of the Paris Agreement, it sparked a whole debate again on whether climate change is real, and is it an issue that we should be wary of.

Because if even the leader of the free world doesn’t seem to believe in climate change, then is it something that we should concern ourselves with?

Even the Malaysian Climate Change Group has spoken out against President Trump’s decision, calling it “unethical and immoral”.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, perhaps due to our year round hot and humid weather, many of us seem not to really care about global warming, especially in the grassroots level. Maybe it is because in Malaysia, the effect of global warming is not so apparent as other countries.

But still, although it might not be an immediate concern right now, it is still imperative that Malaysians are educated about the dangers of climate change and global warming, and start taking action.

So, what can we do to raise awareness and action against climate change in Malaysia? To understand more about this topic Malaysian Digest decided to speak to a few experts in the field of climate change, so that they can share their thoughts.

Read more: You Think Climate Change Is Someone Else’s Problem? Here's How Malaysia Is Already At Risk

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Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Pakse. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pakse, Laos - When selecting new cardinals, Pope Francis has often sought to go to the “peripheries” of the Church, which is particularly notable in his elevation of Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Paksé.

Read more: Laos' first cardinal focused on evangelization, dialogue

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MANILA, Philippines - A business-as-usual approach to climate change will be "disastrous" for Asia, undoing much of the phenomenal economic growth that has helped it make vast inroads against poverty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report released Friday.

Read more: ADB warns climate change 'disastrous' for Asia

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Climate disaster emoji set. Image credit: Sara Dean, co-creator and assistant professor at the California College of the Arts; Beth Ferguson, co-creator and assistant professor at the University of California, Davis; Bo Peng, graphic designer

Jakarta, Indonesia, is regularly devastated by flooding. When disaster hits, Twitter has emerged as a powerful platform for communication, coordination among residents and emergency responses with the hashtag #banjir — the Indonesian word for flood.

Read more: What could emojis bring to disaster response?

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Indonesia is preparing strategies to face climate change conference in Bonn. (Skala)

JAKARTA - The Government of Indonesia through the Directorate General of Climate Change Control starts preparing a strategy for the implementation of the Conference of The Parties (COP)-23 of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, November 6-17, 2017.

Read more: Strategies of Indonesia Concerning Climate Change in Bonn COP Meeting

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 Fishermen plant mangroves in Aceh Indonesia to reduce coastal abrasion. Photograph: Oviyandi / Barcroft Images

The title of David Wallace-Wells’ recent essay in New York magazine is catchy, if not uncomfortable. “The Uninhabitable Earth: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreck – sooner than you think.”

Read more: Doomsday narratives about climate change don't work. But here's what does

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Demand for food-based biofuels, such as palm oil, can drive rainforest destruction, the report emphasises. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.

Read more: Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns

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