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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

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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.

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  • 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

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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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WITH leading multinational corporations at the forefront to lease green office space, the demand for green buildings in Malaysia will continue to rise as environmental awareness grows and more companies embrace the practice of corporate social responsibility.

Another driver is the growing body of evidence demonstrating that green buildings make financial sense.

CB Richard Ellis (Malaysia) vice-president research, Nabeel Hussain says there is growing recognition that key participants in the country's real estate sector have a responsibility to adopt sustainable building practices and related technologies in order to play a pro-active role in climate change mitigation.

Read more: Demand for green buildings on the rise

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SINGAPORE: In 2010, climate change made its presence clearly known in Singapore.

Flash floods in particular spared no mercy on the island, leaving Orchard Road as one of the worst-hit areas.

But a massive operation is underway to protect the shopping belt, which is set to go full steam in January.

Flash floods hit Orchard Road not once but twice, resulting in million-dollar losses at the shopping belt.

The public and private sectors then embarked on a slew of preventive measures.

National water agency PUB is spending S$26 million to raise certain stretches of Orchard Road by 30 centimetres.

Work has since got off to a slow but tactical start due to the recent festive period.

Read more: Singapore braces for climate change

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Bandar Seri Begawan - The US government is keen to provide research and development assistance to Brunei in the areas of environmental protection, a report says.

"We are working to promote opportunities for cooperation in our research and development institutions," said US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M Campbell in an interview with Oxford Business Group's (OBG), which was published in The Report: Brunei Darussalam 2010, in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office. The report was launched on December 16.

Campbell was referring to areas that both governments could collaborate further apart from cooperation in health, agriculture, science, technology and education sectors.

Brunei and the US are members of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, along with seven other countries, aimed at creating a platform for economic integration across the Asia Pacific region.

Read more: US Offers Brunei Support In Environmental Protection Efforts

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MANILA — The Asian Development Bank last week approved loans and grants worth US$69 million to Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam for a community-based initiative to protect more than 1.9 million ha of threatened forests where 170,000 mostly poor people live.

The 32-year loan of $30 million to Viet Nam and grants of $19 million for Cambodia and $20 million for Laos will help the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) member nations carry out the GMS Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project.

It follows a series of successful pilot conservation activities in the countries.

Read more: Asian Development Bank grants $69m for forest protection project

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As a result of climate change, experts say storms likely to get worse and more erratic.

Flooding in VietnamExtreme weather is a part of everyday life in Vietnam.

The Mekong Delta floods each year and small children travel to school by boat. Typhoons and tropical storms blow across the South China Sea to the central coast, often on course from the Philippines. Rains flood the cities and thousands of motorbike exhaust pipes choke on the murky water.

But the floods that hit the north-central coast of Vietnam this past October were outside the normal pattern. What initially looked like an unremarkable depression on satellite maps wound up dropping 80 percent of Ha Tinh province's average annual rainfall in just 10 days. Close to 200 people died in these and later floods. More than 250,000 houses were submerged.

Major floods are usually prefaced by a storm. These weren’t. Few had the opportunity to move their belongings to higher ground. Many were trapped on rooftops without food or water for days. Reports by aid groups detailed stories of costly hospital equipment ruined and pregnant women giving birth in attics.

And this likely won’t be a one-off event. According to experts, unpredictable weather patterns seem to be on the rise in Vietnam. The country will need to adapt, they say, or face increased losses of agriculture, infrastructure and overall GDP.

Read more: Vietnam: More extreme weather on the way

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Singapore, December 16 - Following the recent ‘triple disaster’ in Indonesia - the flooding in Papua, the tsunami that hit the Mentawai islands, and the volcanic eruption in Central Java - some are wondering whether climate change will increase the intensity and frequency of similar events in the region.

The Singapore-based Economy and Environment Programme for South-east Asia (a project under the International Development Research Centre of Canada), for instance, has shown that the Philippines, the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam, Cambodia, North and East Laos, the Bangkok region, as well as West and South Sumatra, West and East Java are all highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Read more: Climate change can strain Southeast Asia's security

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