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With the next global climate change summit only two weeks away, last year’s commitment to provide “easy” money to developing countries to help them adapt to the effects of climate change has been slow in coming, a study has showed. 

Research published on Wednesday by the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development showed that funding pledges made since the Copenhagen meeting in December are far from balanced. 

The IIED’s findings show very little has been earmarked for projects that would enable developing nations to adapt to the impact of climate change on agriculture, infrastructure, health and livelihoods. 

At last year’s summit in Copenhagen, developed nations agreed to provide more resources amounting to about $30 billion over the 2010 to 2012 period, with a balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation. 

Read more: Climate Funds for Developing Nations in Short Supply

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With over a thousand open dump sites, the Philippines should engage in the global carbon trading market, the British government said Wednesday.

The Philippines is in a better position to take advantage of the carbon trading market that has global revenue amounting to $5 trillion, British Ambassador Stephen Lillie said in a seminar on waste management solutions.

Read more: UK: PHL should join carbon trading market

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All eyes are on Indonesia and its forest policy as climate- change negotiations continue in the upcoming global talks in Mexico, against the prospect of billions of dollars flowing from the planet’s major polluters to the developing world to slow global warming.

The forests in South-east Asia’s largest country will be among those coming under scrutiny during Nov. 29 to Dec. 10, 2010 climate change meetings in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, environmentalists say. These meetings are the 16th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 6th conference of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol. 

The potential windfall of incoming funds for countries in the Global South stems from discussions between climate change negotiators under a scheme known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestations and Forest Degradation (REDD), which opens the door for market-friendly financial mechanisms to be used to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

Read more: Indonesia’s Forests Loom As Green Gold

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Scientists have criticized the government for failing to prepare farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change, which could have a major impact on the country’s food security. 

Unseasonal rains are expected to wreak havoc on the country’s rice, cocoa, rubber and palm oil production this year. 

Dewa Ngurah Suprapta, president of the International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences, said on Monday that funding for research into the issue had been woeful.

Read more: Farmers Seen Left Out in the Cold on Climate Change

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TEGALEGA, 15 November 2010 (IRIN) - Indonesian farmers, who account for 57 percent of the country’s poor, are increasingly struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change, as the longer rainy season leads to poorer yields and a shorter harvest.

“Normally one hectare would produce 6MT, now it produces only 2.5MT,” says Ujang Majudin of his rice crop. 

Majudin heads a farmers’ cooperative on the island of Java with more than 300 members. But with such bad weather this year, it is struggling. 

“Almost all the crops are destroyed, so production is very low and the price I have to pay for the vegetables is very high,” Majudin says, pointing at the piles of rotting vegetables in his storage shed. 

Read more: Farmers lament the impact of La Niña

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President Benigno S. Aquino III and the 20 other leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) reiterated their commitment to “take  strong and action-oriented measures and remain fully dedicated to the United Nations climate change negotiations.”

“Addressing the threat of global climate change is an urgent priority for all nations. “the 21 APEC leaders said in the APEC Declaration aptly called “Yokohama   Vision – Bogor and Beyond,” which was presented by Japanese  Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the conclusion of  the 3-day APEC Leaders Meeting here on Sunday.

Read more: APEC leaders reiterate commitment to UN Climate Change negotiations

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Maize Federation (Philmaize) is urging typhoon-hit rice farmers in Isabela to shift to corn as a quick turnaround crop and take advantage of the expected high global price of corn in the next couple of months.

Roger Navarro of Philmaize said recent worldwide developments point to a commodity squeeze and continued skyrocketing of commodity prices.

The said effects of climate change in other countries which will affect corn production greatly favors corn planting in the Philippines today.

Read more: Corn pushed as QTA crop

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RiceClimate change is changing most of our traditional agricultural practices as the seasonal cycle and rainfall pattern have changed, droughts have become more frequent, violent stresses of cyclones, earthquakes, prolonged floods, salt water intrusion are increasing day by day. The average temperature has increased in the summer while winter season has shortened. There are some projections about climate change that are matter of concern for Bangladesh such as: temperature would rise 1.30 C by 2030 and 2.60 C by 2070, the sea level rise would be up to three feet and a greater part of the costal area would be inundated.

Read more: Managing agricultural inputs for climate change adaptation

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Rocks that suck carbon dioxide out of the air could be key in the fight against climate change, say scientists.

While addressing a conference at the Royal Society in London this week, Tim Kruger of Oxford Geoengineering, a networking organisation in the UK, said that "enhanced weathering" could in theory remove as much CO2 from the atmosphere as we want - although the practical challenges are enormous.

Read more: Rock-burning, sea-zapping geoengineering may help fight climate change

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Agriculture experts of six countries joint in International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS) to hold congress and international seminar in discussing agriculture and climate change at Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur – Bali. It hold on November 14 – 18, 2010.

The Head of Congress Crew Prof. Dr. Ir. Gede Mahardika, MS accompanied by Congress Secretary Dr. GN Alit Susanta Wirya, SP, M.Agr. said this congress followed by 137 delegation of Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippine, and Malaysia. Phillipine delegation as much as 44 people, then Thailand as much as 31 people, Malaysia as much as 13 people, Vietnam contributed 10 person, and the rest is Indonesian.

Read more: Six Agriculture Experts Discuss Climate Change

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