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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has instructed the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning to revise the national climate change plan following criticism of the plan. Mr. Abhisit would like to see all stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors, take part in a redrafting of the plan to tackle climate change, said Nirawan Pipitsombat, acting chief of Onep's climate change coordinator office.

Read more: Thai PM requests new climate document

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Bottle School

In the photo: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR Illac Diaz leads the building of Asia’s first plastic and glass bottle school that not only promotes sustainable architecture, but also addresses the shortage of classrooms in the country. Photo by PINGGOT ZULUETA.

MANILA, Philippines — Despite aggressive campaigns on recycling and sustainable development, not everyone is still convinced to go green. Tons of garbage continue to pollute the environment and harm man’s health.

But Illac Diaz, social entrepreneur and proponent of sustainable, alternative architecture, is steadfast in proving that recycling is the way to go, even in solving the dire need for more classrooms in the country today.

In his latest project called the Bottle Schools, Diaz shows that with much creativity, imagination, and out-of-the-box thinking, a classroom or even an entire school may be built out of discarded soda and alcoholic beverage bottles!

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DuPont recently collaborated with the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES) of Vietnam National University in Hanoi, to organize the 2nd National Workshop on the Environment and Sustainable Development. The focus of the workshop was on how to collaborate and translate policies into action plans for a sustainable Vietnam.

More than 150 participants from government agencies, universities, research centers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) attended the workshop. Speakers included government officials from the Sustainable Development Office of Ministry of Planning and Investment; the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Office; and the Natural Resources and Environment Department of Thai Nguyen province. More than 40 scientific reports and presentations on sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and climate change were received and shared.

Read more: Sharing DuPont’s Sustainability Journey In Vietnam

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Jakarta, Indonesia - The Environment Ministry will emphasize adaptation in reducing the impacts of climate change as this measure had often been overlooked while the impacts were already a reality, its chief said.

"We have often been prioritizing mitigation while overlooking adaptation although the impacts of climate change are already happening," Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said in an expose of his ministry's work plan for 2011 at the office of the Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare in Jakarta on Tuesday.

In general the work plan for 2011, he added, related to the major program of reducing green house effects by up to 26 percent until 2020, and the implementation of adaptation activities.

Read more: Gov't to emphasize adaptation in dealing with climate change

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Climate Agenda1The Climate Change Agenda After Cancún: Part I

By Myles Estey

This is a four-part series. Part I examines the follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol. Part II examines the REDD+ agreement. Part III examines financial assistance. And Part IV examines technology transfers and adaptation.

CANCÚN, Mexico -- Observers and participants at December's climate change summit in Cancún, Mexico, routinely identified a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol as one area where progress was essential. The odds of reaching one were not promising. With just one year left on the Kyoto treaty, and Japan firm in its stance that it will not permit an extension beyond the 2012 expiration, there was not a lot of room for maneuver to get an agreement on the table at Cancún. 

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PETALING JAYA: Although the commercial shipping sector accounts for only 3.3% of global carbon emissions from the industrial sector, the industry should not complacent in its effort to be “greener”, said Maritime Institute of Malaysia senior fellow Nazery Khalid.

“Concerns over carbon emissions have emerged as a key driver which is reshaping the way industry players think, plan, invest and operate.

“There is growing pressure for the sector to clean up its act amid growing demand for maritime-related services such as shipping, port operations, shipbuilding, ship repairing and a host of other ancillary services.

“Players in the maritime sector simply cannot maintain the status quo and hope for the problem of global warming to go away.

“As demand for services in the maritime sector grows in line with growing global seaborne trade, offshore oil and gas activities and other economic activities that require ships, ports and other maritime components, emissions from the sector is expected to rise,” he toldStarBiz.

Read more: Pressure on shipping sector to clean up act

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Black carbon (BC) or soot holds both peril and perhaps promise for Earth's climate system. The peril, of course, is that continued emissions will hasten ice melt, because of its heat-absorbing qualities, and thereby quicken global warming. The promise is if we can reduce the amount emitted soon (which is technologically and clearly possible) warming will slow significantly. Reducing BC will give world leaders time to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas (GHG) of concern.

Read more: Black Carbon: Part 2 — Changing Glaciers in Asia

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Indiana, USA—The average global temperature at the Earth's surface could increase as much as six degrees Celcius by 2100, according to a 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. If that happens, the impact would reach far beyond hot summers and rising sea levels to affect society in complicated ways.

The question is not only how to slow or stop climate change, but how to adapt and live with the consequences of climate change—and that requires getting as complete a picture as possible by collecting research findings from experts around the world and allowing researchers to work together to solve climate change problems.

A Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of CyberInfrastructure enables a new University of Notre Dame interdisciplinary project, the Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change, to do just that.

Read more: New collaboration to research adaptation to climate change

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SIBANG KAJA, BALI — Half a world away from Cancún, Mexico, and the international climate change talks that took place there last month, a school here in Indonesia is staging its own attempt to save the planet.

It is small-scale and literally grassroots — and possibly in some respects more effective than the tortuous efforts of politicians to agree on how to stop global warming.

In the midst of the lush, steaming jungle of Bali, along a pitted road, past scattered chickens and singing cicadas, Green School has two dozen buildings made of giant bamboo poles. There are no walls, and there is no air-conditioning. Just gracefully arched roofs, concrete floors and bamboo furniture. There is a big, grassy playground, complete with goalposts made — yes — of bamboo; a bamboo bridge across a rock-strewn river; vegetable patches; and a mud-wrestling pit.

But there is also a computer lab, a well-stocked library and an array of courses drawn from an internationally recognized curriculum and taught in English.

Read more: Bali School Makes Sustainability a Way of Life

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BAGUIO CITY – The putting up of a “reward fund” to mitigate the effects of climate change especially in vulnerable local governments and villages has gained considerable support in Northern Luzon, officials said Saturday.

Seeing the Mindanao-wide support for the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) or HB 3528 encouraging, Angelo Kairus dela Cruz of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said: “Time is essential to already establish the measure otherwise it might be too late.”

Read more: North Luzon backs P.S.F initiative

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