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GEF PhilippinesWashington DC, January 21, 2011— A pilot project designed to enable targeted rural communities in the Philippines to cope with the impact of climate change has been launched with the signing of a $4.974 million grant agreement between the Philippine Government and the World Bank on December 21, 2010.

This grant was awarded by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) -managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) - to the World Bank who will serve as the project’s implementing agency. The SCCF was established under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2001 to finance activities, programs, and measures relating to climate change.

Read more: SCCF Climate Change Adaptation Project in the Philippines Begins Implementation

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GENEVA - Last year tied for the hottest year on record, confirming a long-term warming trend, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday, and future warming depended on action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The first ten years of the millennium proved to be the hottest decade since records began in the 19th century, it said.

"The main signal is that the warming trend continues and is being strengthened year after year," WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told a news conference.

"The trend, unfortunately, will continue for a number of years but the amplitude will depend on the amount of greenhouse gases released," the Frenchman added. "It will depend on action taken to minimise the release of greenhouse gases."

Read more: 2010 matches record for world's hottest year

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Fund promises to help 18-35 year old Asian entrepreneurs launch clean tech start ups

The UK government yesterday launched a scheme that will offer 18-35 year old Asian entrepreneurs access to a grants program designed to fund and support their clean technology innovations.

The E-Idea competition, which will be held in China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Australia, is jointly run by the British Council and Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance.

British foreign secretary William Hague launched the Australian leg of the initiative in Sydney yesterday, in a speech warning climate change will not respect national borders.

"We believe the most successful economies of the future will be built on low-carbon growth," he said. "And the challenge is to seize the opportunities that this presents and be one of the leaders of the pack in this regard."

Read more: UK pledges funding for Asia's green generation

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Bandar Seri Begawan - Standard Chartered Bank, as part of its efforts to raise awareness on environment conservation within the community, yesterday presented three recycling bins to Maktab Dull Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah to support the school's recycling programme, at an event that took place at the college's VIP room.

Head of the Bank's Environment Committee, Eliza Abdullah, who is also the Bank's Head of Finance presented the recycling bins to the college principal Marina Chek Bujang in the presence of the college's teachers and students as well as officers from SCB.

The event began with a speech by Marina Chek Bujang, followed by a speech by Eliza Abdullah. Standard Chartered Bank also took the opportunity to present a short film entitled 'Creating a Climate for Change' to students of the college.

Read more: SCB Donates Recycling Bins to Conserve Environment

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Cambodian farmerUSAID has awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contract, designed to improve Cambodia's food security.

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, has awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contract, designed to improve Cambodia's food security through enhanced agricultural development and better management of natural resources. The five-year contract was awarded to Fintrac, Incorporated, a highly-respected U.S.-based agribusiness consulting firm that develops agricultural solutions to end hunger and poverty.

This award will serve as U.S. Government's flagship food security activity in Cambodia. "Helping Address Rural Vulnerabilities and Ecosystems Stability", or "HARVEST", the Project, will work with public, private and civil society to strengthen food security by increasing agricultural productivity; raising the incomes of the rural poor; preparing the country to adapt to climate change; and reducing the number of Cambodians, especially women and children, suffering from malnutrition.

Read more: Cambodia's Food Security

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AGHAM party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones yesterday urged the government to modernize the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration to improve the country’s capability to address climate change.

“Climate change is inevitable. One way of mitigating and adapting to its effects is to develop and train new staff who will eventually man the new PAGASA,” Palmones said.

He added that aside from human resource empowerment which is important in climate change adaptation, addressing brain drain is also a salient concern. 

Read more: Modernize PAGASA — Solon

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MANILA, Philippines—With the unpredictable weather largely attributed to climate change, around 200 local government officials have gathered for a two-day seminar to discuss the effective ways to adapt to the phenomenon and still pursue economic development.

The seminar which started on Tuesday gathered officials from some of the country's calamity-prone areas to identify, study, and document existing practices, tools, and programs of local and international institutions on climate change adaptation focused on securing economic development.

Read more: 200 local execs discuss climate change adaptation measures

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DAVAO CITY -- With weather-related calamities a common sight, the government should draft a comprehensive top-to-bottom program that will respond to climate change issues.

Such policy should compel state agencies, especially local government units, to allot a significant amount for activities that will mitigate, if not reduce, damage when disasters hit.

This approach could save a couple of lives through effective early warning and year-round ecosystem protection.

Read more: Mitigating climate change impact

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LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines  – A guidebook to be used in teaching climate change (CC) issues in public schools in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, is off the press.

The 349-page handbook, titled Integrating Climate Change Issues in Southeast Asian Schools, is a project of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), an intergovernment treaty body founded in 1965 to foster cooperation among Southeast Asian nations in the fields of education, science, and culture.

Read more: Climate change to be taught in SEA schools

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MANILA, Jan 15 (IPS) , 2011 (IPS) - As the impact of climate change worsens around the globe, a disaster-resilient village is poised to be a solution for urban poor battling the constant floods and typhoons that hit the Philippines.

The concept village, submitted by Johanna Ferrer Guldager of Denmark, is designed around elevated housing clusters. Each house employs green building technologies, such as the use of sustainable materials like bamboo for the floors, walls and roof. Roofs are used as a rainwater collection system leading to a water conservation tank, while small gardens between houses ensure food production even in times of disaster. 

Read more: Designing Defence Against Climate Change

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