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MALIAU BASIN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said certain Western critics of Malaysia’s oil palm industry were taking a narrow view of the issue when they ignore the benefits of the industry to those who depend on it for their livelihood.

“The critics fail to understand we have a responsibility to our people who depend on oil palm and this does not include smallholders and companies.

Read more: What we do for environs is SAFE, says Najib

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The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said that local government units (LGUs) play a key role in climate change adaptation and disaster risk mitigation.

“The lesson that we learned in the course of our technical assistance to LGUs is that they play a critical role, because they have decision making powers, hold the purse and are directly accountable to their constituents,” said Dir. Susan Rachel Jose of the NEDA-Regional Development Coordination Staff.

Read more: LGUs play key role in addressing climate change, disaster risks—NEDA

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More Critical Than Ever by Senator Edgardo Angara

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in two years, crude oil prices in Africa and Asia broke the $100-per-barrel barrier, threatening many countries’ steady recovery from the global economic and financial crisis.

Filipinos will be hit by the oil price increase where it hurts the most — food and commodities that will become more expensive because of skyrocketing transport costs. In fact, we are already feeling the effects of rising fuel pump prices. Public transportation will cost more after the approved increase in taxi fares and the planned application for fare hike by jeepneys and buses.

Read more: Shifting to renewable fuel

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GlobeClimate change, the shifting temperature of the earth due to amplified levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs) from fossil fuels and deforestation, is currently a topic of heated discussions worldwide. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations organization, stated that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal” [1].

GHGs persist in the atmosphere for hundreds of years [2]. Climate change is thus a very unique issue as its effects transcend time and space: GHGs emitted now in any location will affect the whole planet for many generations to come. Therefore, the generation that knowingly creates negative climate change should make every effort to reduce that impact; this represents a moral choice.

Read more: Climate Change: An Ethical Perspective on Mitigating its Impact

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Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand yesterday, Jan 26, reached an agreement to protect water quality in the Mekong River against emerging threats.

The Procedures for Water Quality agreement, the first of its kind and sealed by environment and water ministers from the four countries at the 17th annual meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council in HCM City, seeks to safeguard the basin and prepare people and agencies to respond to environmental emergencies.

Read more: VN, Laos, Thailand to protect Mekong

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E-jeepney iloiloIloilo, Philippines -- Global warming or climate change is a hot issue these days that the Iloilo city leadership introduced a very important innovation for the Ilonggos and thought of some measures that can help mitigate global warming as well as build more climate-resilient communities.

It was a very timely move for city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to introduce the environment friendly vehicle dubbed e-Jeepneys to the Ilonggos as thousands gathered in the capital city of western visayas along with foreign visitors and local tourists from other parts of the country for the Dinagyang Festival.

Read more: E-jeepney, cool remedy for global warming

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REDDJOHANNESBURG, 28 January 2011 (IRIN) - Forests help sustain life on earth by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, and also provide a home to many communities that depend on them, yet they become one of the biggest sources of harmful carbon dioxide when they are destroyed. 

An imbalance in the perceived value of forests drives deforestation, which contributes between 12 percent and 20 percent of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions - about the same as the transport sector, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

“Forest areas are often worth more harvested than left standing,” said Manish Bapna, managing director of the World Resources Institute (WRI), on the website of this US-based environmental think-tank. 

Read more: REDD and REDD+ - Briefing

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Reuters(Reuters) - Climate negotiators from almost 200 nations will hold an extra session in Bangkok in April to try to unblock work on a successor to the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol for slowing global warming, officials said on Friday.

They said that 2011 is likely to mark a slowdown in the overall number of U.N. meetings about climate change after a rush of talks since 2007 failed to come up with a treaty.

"The session...will be held in Bangkok from April 3 to 8," according to an official who took part in a video conference meeting this week. The Bangkok talks will gather senior government negotiators.

Read more: Extra U.N. climate talks set for April in Bangkok

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Lower Mekong countries on January 26 agreed to adopt a set of strategic priorities for the basin-wide sustainable development of water resources, introducing a five-year action plan that addresses both economic opportunities and potential environmental and social impacts.

The Basin Development Strategy was endorsed at a three-day meeting in Ho Chi Minh City by the water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, the four member countries of the Mekong River Commission.

It is a product designed and owned by the countries after consultations with other regional stakeholders.

Read more: Mekong nations adopt water development directions, tool launched for hydropower assessment

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SuukyiAung San Suu Kyi, general secretary of Burma's National League for Democracy, today addressed participants of the World Economic Forum, saying that "despite an abundance of natural resources, Burma's development has lagged far behind its neighbors."

In a taped audio speech from Burma, also called Myanmar, she called for environmental responsibility, saying, "I would like to request those who have invested or who are thinking of investing in Burma to put a premium on respect for the law, on environmental and social factors, on the rights of workers, on job creation and on the promotion of technological skills.

Read more: Burma's Democracy Leader Asks Investors for Environmental Responsibility

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