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Bandar Seri Begawan - Current and emerging regional and global issues related to the environment, which are significant to Asean, were discussed yesterday during the 12th Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Environment.

Some of these issues revolved around climate change and global warming, nature conservation and biodiversity, water resource management, urban environmental management and governance, coastal and marine environment and environmental education.

Read more: Brunei Highlights Challenges Of Climate Change At Meeting

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ASEAN region's first Blue Gene supercomputer will explore impact of climate modeling on Brunei's flood forecasting, crop yield, energy and rainforest resources.

IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) today announced an agreement to collaborate on climate modeling research that will investigate the impact of climate change on flood forecasting, crop yields, renewable energy and the health of rainforests in the region.

Read more: IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam to Collaborate on Climate Modeling Research

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To mark this year's World Disaster Risk Reduction, the European Union is supporting the organization of several events under the theme "Making Resilient Cities -- My City is Getting Ready", according to a statement released by EU office in Cambodia.

The events aim to enhance community awareness about disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and especially to integrate them into Cambodia's development agenda.

"Disaster preparedness saves lives" stated Michelle Labeeu, the Charg d' Affaires a.i. of the European Union Delegation to Cambodia. "The European Union significantly contributes to global disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation efforts by supporting communities to better prepare themselves against natural disasters, " he said.

Read more: EU marks world disaster risk reduction day in Cambodia

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending up to B4.2 billion to The Bangchak Petroleum Company Public Company Limited (BCP) to build two solar power plants in central Thailand. The loan agreement was signed today in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

The 8-megawatt and 30-megawatt plants - due to be completed in Ayutthaya next year - will help the Thai government achieve its target of getting 20.4% of its primary commercial energy - or 5,608 megawatts of installed power - from renewable sources by 2022. Currently, renewable sources, including biomass, solar, and hydropower, only contribute 1,754 megawatts of energy.

Read more: ADB Signs Loan Agreement to Build Two Solar Power Plants in Thailand

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Brunei-Muara - Brunei joined 188 other countries around the world in holding a Global Work Party, as part of the 10:10 initiative to raise awareness on lowering carbon emissions.Universiti Brunei Darussalam planted 350 trees in an area that was razed by fire not long ago to do their part in the global warming mitigation campaign.

"It's to tell people we have to keep to 350 parts per million of emissions for the whole word," said Dr Irene Chong Poh Ai, a lecturer from UBD.

"Other countries are doing it too and not just planting trees, (using) solar panels, as well," said Dr Chong.

The majority of the students at the UBD tree-planting project were from the Brunei Environment and Community Action course, with each of these students planted four saplings, with the rest planted by volunteers.

With the help of the Forestry Department at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, predetermined areas behind the university were selected for planting.

Read more: 350 Trees Against Climate Change

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Tutong - Along with 187 other countries, Bruneians yesterday marked the "biggest global action day ever" by organising several activities that ranged from brisk walks, Beach clean-ups to recycling and tree-planting, which are among the 7,347 organised events worldwide.To observe the international grassroots movement, some 80 locals with a concern for the future environment joined hands to lead by example and raise awareness, through action, of the need to address increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that catalyse the affects of global warming.

To combat the high CO2 emissions, the Brunei Health Promotion Centre (BHPC) alongside Tumpuan Telisai Religious School organised a "green day" under the 350 pledge (to lower the global carbon footprint).

Read more: Brunei Joins Global Climate Action Day

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Thailand offers a valuable insight into how a mid-size, free-market developing country can attempt to turn its renewable energy plans into a viable market reality.

Despite ambitious plans for the global development of the solar energy industry and the encouraging progress seen in 2009 and this year to date, over 90% of the world's 192 countries have yet to undertake large-scale solar deployment projects. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), just eight countries accounted for 89% of the world's total installed PV generating capacity of 15 GW in 2008.

Read more: Thailand's Solar Lessons for the World

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Singapore, October 10 - Fresh out of university and armed with a newly minted degree in mechanical engineering, Ms Chen Wan Ying had the world at her feet.

Surveying the job landscape, she wanted something that would match her interest in technology with her desire to make a difference. She found it - in wind energy.

‘I wanted to do research in wind turbines to help drive down the cost of wind power, making such renewable energy more competitive and on a par with oil and gas,’ she told The Sunday Times.

Read more: 'Green collar' jobs in Singapore: 8,000 and rising

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Thailand has joined other developing countries in demanding improved access to climate change mitigation technologies to cope with the impact of rising temperatures.

Climate change technology must be transferred to developing countries urgently to improve their disaster preparedness, Science and Technology Minister Virachai Virameteekul said.

He was speaking during the annual meeting of a science and technology forum in Kyoto between Oct 3-5.

Around 1,000 participants, including officials, scientists, and business people from 91 countries attended the event.

Read more: More climate change help urged

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Phuket’s environment will be destroyed and the island “totally ruined” within 10 to 20 years, the senior director of Thailand Environment Institutes (TEI) said yesterday.

Chamniern Paul Vorratnchaiphan – who is also the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project director for TEI – made the comments at a one-day ACCCRN seminar organized by the TEI and chaired by Vice Governor Nivit Aroonrat at the Phuket Merlin Hotel.

Read more: Climate change: fatal for Phuket

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