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Water shortages as a result of rising temperatures will not do as much damage as feared, evidence from ancient trees suggests

AmazonAlthough the study says the Amazon can adapt to a warmer world, it still faces an extreme threat from deforestation. Photograph: Gerd Ludwig/ Gerd Ludwig/Corbis

It is generally acknowledged that a warming world will harm the world's forests. Higher temperatures mean water becomes more scarce, spelling death for plants – or perhaps not always.

According to a study of ancient rainforests, trees may be hardier than previously thought. Carlos Jaramillo, a scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), examined pollen from ancient plants trapped in rocks in Colombia and Venezuela. "There are many climactic models today suggesting that … if the temperature increases in the tropics by a couple of degrees, most of the forest is going to be extinct," he said. "What we found was the opposite to what we were expecting: we didn't find any extinction event [in plants] associated with the increase in temperature, we didn't find that the precipitation decreased."

Read more: World's forests can adapt to climate change, study says

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The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) will hold the second forum of the two-part series of the Understanding Choices Forum on climate change on Nov. 15 at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City.

The forum, entitled "Climate Change and the Global Climate Politics", will highlight inputs from two international climate change negotiators for the Philippines, Atty. Antonio La Viña and Esperanza Garcia.

Read more: RAFI to hold forum on global climate politics

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Environmentalists must have pricked up their ears when Singapore last week declared its intention to put a price tag on carbon if all countries pledge to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

It is still early days yet. Such a global deal has not been struck and it is unclear just what form this carbon price will take. But the important thing is that the Republic is willing to play its part as a global citizen in putting a price on pollution, and is taking a vital step on the journey to energy diversity.

Read more: Carbon pricing in Singapore: Good first step on long road

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SEOUL (BNO NEWS) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he will try to push the world leaders attending the G-20 summit this week to make progress in such U.N.-led issues as narrowing development gaps and fighting climate change.

"Agenda items that will be dealt with at the Seoul summit are closely related to U.N. activities," he said upon his arrival in Seoul for the summit set for Friday.

Read more: UN Secretary-General vows to pursue progress on development, climate change

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Swiss researchers have claimed that mountain ranges may represent a 'safer' place to live during changing climate conditions.

Daniel Scherrer and Christian Korner from the University of Basel, Switzerland used a high-resolution infrared camera and hundreds of soil sensors to monitor the actual temperature experienced by plants in alpine landscapes.

Read more: Mountains may offer species 'refuge habitats' during climate change

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HCM CITY — Viet Nam is one of only two countries or territories globally where climate change is the people's top concern, according to a survey by HSBC.

The results of HSBC's fourth annual Climate Confidence Monitor revealed that climate change, economic stability and terrorism ranked together as the top three concerns globally. In Hong Kong and Viet Nam, people surveyed said climate change was their number one concern.

This is the first time that Viet Nam took part in the survey. One in three Vietnamese polled said they were aware of climate change and its effect on their daily life and 43 per cent thought it was among the biggest issues that they were concerned about.

Read more: Survey puts climate change atop nation's most pressing concerns

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Asia and the Pacific must work harder to address air pollution alongside broader efforts to counter climate change, and a new Clean Air Scorecard developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help the region do that.

"We think it's critical to have a comprehensive air quality measure to allow governments to judge how best to tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions," said Nessim J. Ahmad, Director of ADB's Environment and Safeguards Division. "And working to improve air quality will benefit everyone's health and productivity, especially that of the poor who are most exposed to pollution."

Read more: ADB's Clean Air Scorecard to Help Asia Reduce Air Pollution

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The Jakarta Futures Exchange is studying the possibility of setting up its own carbon trading futures which would be a key move to develop the country's carbon trading market, an exchange executive said on Wednesday.

There is no carbon trading market in Indonesia now, although there are several projects to earn carbon offsets under the U.N.'s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) scheme.

Read more: Indonesia's JFX eyes carbon trading futures

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine’s Climate Change Commission (CCC) signed an agreement with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to gain access to an international climate fund that will ensure the country’s adaptation to the effects of climate change.

The signing of memorandum of agreement (MoA), led by CCC Vice-Chairman Heherson Alvarez and LBP president Gilda Pico, instates Land Bank as the country’s National Implementing Entity (NIE) nominee.

Read more: Accord signed on 'climate' fund access

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NEW DELHI: Ahead of the UN climate change meet in Cancun, representatives including ministers from over 50 nations will gather here for a two-day conference beginning tomorrow to deliberate on mechanisms to ensure clean technologies to mitigate impacts of global warming . 

The "informal ministerial dialogue on Climate Change: Technology Mechanism" will be held in collaboration with Mexico which is host to the global UN climate summit and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). 

Read more: 50 countries to meet on climate change

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