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Singapore is among the top four in a new study ranking Asia-Pacific cities in terms of their 'greenness'. -- ST PHOTO: BRYAN VAN DER BEEKSINGAPORE is among the top four in a new study ranking Asia-Pacific cities in terms of their 'greenness'.

The first comprehensive study of this kind in the region, it names Tokyo, Seoul and Melbourne ahead of Singapore for their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and live in a sustainable manner.

The other cities in the top 10 are Osaka, Sydney, Auckland, Busan, Taipei and Hong Kong.

The study, conducted by consultancy firm Solidiance, looked at economic, environmental and social factors that contribute to how eco-friendly each city is.

Read more: S'pore tops in building policy, water management

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Glory spacecraft orbiting Earth, Image NASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterNASA's Glory spacecraft mission will help scientists predict future changes to our climate by using new data to model the causes of global warming.

NASA have announced that the Glory spacecraft will launch on Wednesday, February 23rd 2011. The spacecraft will be launched on an Orbital Sciences Taurus XL rocket from the Space Launch Complex at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Read more: NASA Glory Spacecraft To Help Predict Climate Change

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JAKARTA, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- Indonesia remains committed to implementing the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) with Norway, Antara news agency reported.

Indonesia remains fully committed although the presidential decree on a moratorium on peat land and natural forest conversion had not yet been signed so far, Vice President Boediono said as quoted by his spokesman, Yopie Hidayat. here on Friday.

Read more: Indonesia Remains Committed To Implementing REDD

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MANILA, Philippines—The migration of the people to urban centers has become one of the biggest challenges faced by the government with the onset of climate change, World Bank officials said on Thursday.

Yan Zhang, WB-Philippines country sector coordinator, said that by 2030, about 80 percent of the populace in the country would be living in cities, up from 60 percent at present.

The proliferation of slums, she said, was a "manifestation of the unmet demands of the newly migrant populations,'' and these slums have always been exposed to natural hazards.

Read more: City slums among the biggest challenges for gov’t in era of climate change

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MAKATI, Feb. 11 (PIA) -- The local government hosted the launching in the Philippines of the “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” campaign, a global movement spearheaded by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) at the East Rembo Elementary School Friday morning. 

Read more: Makati hosts "Making Cities Resilient" campaign

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PETALING JAYA: About 8.6 million Malaysians living in urban areas will be exposed to climate hazards within the next nine years, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study showed.

The study projected that the number of people to be affected by the unpredictable global weather change is also expected to increase with time, up to an astounding 11.9 million by 2050.

If the projection is accurate, Malaysia may see an 182.6% spike over 50 years (2000- 2050) in the number of its population placed at nature’s mercy.

Read more: Urbanites at Nature’s mercy

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KUALA LUMPUR: It is not going to be an easy feat for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to voluntarily reduce emission intensity of GDP by up to 40%, former Ireland president Mary Robinson said.

“I am glad to see that Malaysia is looking to position itself on a low-carbon growth path,” said Robinson, who was also the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Read more: Tough job to balance reducing emissions against development

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Recent findings from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin researchers suggests the effects of climate change have been accelerating over the past 60 years and could drastically transform the state’s idyllic landscape in the future.

The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, a group of experts and scientists from across the state, released the report as the culmination of nearly three-and-a-half years of research.

Read more: New report says climate change continues to accelerate

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The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged the Lao government to improve its climate forecast network to help local farmers deal with climate change and ensure food security.

Read more: Better climate forecasts key to improving food security

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Lao and international health officials are meeting to discuss the likely impacts of climate change on health and to set priority areas for vulnerability assessment and action in Laos.

Read more: Doctors consider climate change health impacts

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