Climate Change News


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



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


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


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


Joins gov't effort to alleviate effects of global warming

BUTUAN CITY – Evidently concerned with the effects of global warming and climate change, the city government in Butuan City joined the national government in its mitigation program by allocating funds in an effort to plant one million trees in various areas of the city.

As this developed, the city government has started looking for wide areas for massive tree-planting, not only at the Mount Mayapay area but also in other watershed areas around this city.

“We (city government) are very much concerned about by the global warming and climate change, that’s why we are allocating funds for this tree-planting project,” said City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima.

“We urged the public especially the Butuanons to join and support this program,” added Culima.

Read more: Butuan set to plant 1 M trees


When it comes to saving the world's forests, Malaysian scientist Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor has probably done more than any other University of Adelaide graduate in the past 50 years, the university's alumni magazine "Lumen" says in an article to mark the 2011 International Year of Forests.

The Colombo Plan scholar, who obtained a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) in 1964, is internationally renowned for his research work in tropical forests, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.

Read more: Malaysian scientist a green trailblazer


MANILA, Philippines—When the whole of Metro Manila was plunged into darkness after Tropical Storm “Ondoy” devastated the capital in late September 2009, Naderev “Yeb” Saño’s house was the only one in his neighborhood that remained lighted at night.

While everyone else did their chores and sat to dinner by candlelight, the Saño family had power thanks to the solar power kit that Saño had installed in his house in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, more than a year ago.

Unlike the rest of Metro Manila, which endured power blackouts for several days after the typhoon, the Saño household could plug on the radio or the television. There was power for cooking, and for doing the laundry.

Read more: Solar panels: Embrace the sun to power homes


MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has vowed to use high-tech systems to arm farmers and fisherfolk with information necessary in mitigating the impact of global heating.

Alcala said he has approved the implementation of the United and Enterprise Geospatial Information System (UEGIS) to improve the delivery of services to its clientele and enable them to mitigate the effects of climate change.

UEGIS was formulated to enhance the planning and implementing capability of the Department of Agriculture in Strategic Agriculture and Fisheries Development Zones or SAFDZs.

Read more: Campaign on climate change


  • Central Kalimantan to trial forest carbon programmes
  • Aim is to build-up steps that cut CO2 by saving forests
  • Province to roll out transparent auditing for CO2 cuts


JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Indonesia has chosen once of its largest and richest provinces to test efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by saving forest and peatlands, a key part of a $1 billion climate deal with Norway.

Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases among Indonesia's 33 provinces because of deforestation, destruction of carbon-rich peat swamps, and land use change, the government says.

"The assessment showed that Central Kalimantan is a province with large forest cover and peatland and faces a real threat of deforestation," top technocrat Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of a special presidential delivery unit charged with managing the Norway deal, said in a statement on Thursday.

Read more: Indonesia chooses climate pact pilot province



The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are helping five Pacific countries manage their marine resources in the Coral Triangle.

The project is part of ADB's commitment to the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) - a regional effort to preserve and manage Asia-Pacific's marine resources. ADB is coordinating the mobilization of financial support for the CTI plan of action, in consultation with development partners.

Read more: ADB, Partners To Help Manage Pacific's Marine Resources Against Climate Change


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