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Businesses around the world should change the way they think in order to tackle the global issues of climate change, the Business Summit on Climate Leadership recently.

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. Ltd. (HSBC) chief executive Peter Wong said that the challenge today is to change the business-as-usual approach. Wong was the keynote speaker of the summit.

“Businesses must learn to be more creative and more efficient in meeting the global challenges of climate change,” Wong said. “It is time to review our business models, the way we conduct business, and exceed the expectations consumers and shareholders have of business.”

Read more: HSBC urges businesses to protect environment

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Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Stoere signed here Monday a declaration to boost bilateral cooperation and to join hand in hand in tackling global problems.

“We have a very close relationship. But what we want to see now is that both countries can work together to help find solutions to global problems,” Marty told a joint press conference after the meeting. 

Read more: Indonesia, Norway strengthen bilateral cooperation

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MANILA, Philippines—A “gaping disconnect” between government claims and reality on the ground is putting disaster preparedness in the Philippines on the brink of disaster, a multinational risk consultancy firm said in a recent report.

In a weekly report submitted to its clients, Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PSA) said it found no basis for President Benigno Aquino III to proclaim success in the government’s handling of emergency and relief operations prompted by Supertyphoon “Juan” (international name: Megi).

Shortly after Juan struck Isabela, Cagayan and other parts of northern Luzon, Mr. Aquino was quoted as saying he was “happy to report to the public that everyone has delivered.”

Read more: Think-tank says gov’t courting major disaster

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A study by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) said that “lack of awareness on the global challenge climate change and low adaptive capacity levels” can put communities in the Philippines at risk when primary causes of vulnerability strike.

A press statement released by Dr. Linda M. Peñalba of the UPLB to the journalists who attended a two-day Understanding and Reporting Climate Change Workshop at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila on Friday said the conclusion was reached following a study they did with EEPSEA, an initiative of the International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Read more: Lack of climate change awareness puts communities at risk — study

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BOLINAO, Pangasinan—Bolinao a town at the northwest tip of Pangasinan, is gifted with hectares of coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove forests, plus mariculture areas that produce tons of “bangus” (milkfish) yearly.

But like all coastal areas around the country, the town is vulnerable to the impact of erratic weather and global warming.

If coastal areas feel the impact of climate change, the first casualty would be food security, said Dr. Nora David, an oceanographer from the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute based in Bolinao.

Read more: Typhoons + global warming = food woes

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It is possible to strike a balance between economic growth and environment protection, and create a liveable and lively Singapore city, said Minister Yaacob Ibrahim.

He added that access to clean air continues to be one of the key requisites for a liveable city and this requires concerted effort from all stakeholders.

Opening Speech by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources at the Better Air Quality 2010 (BAQ 2010) Conference on “Air Quality in a Changing Climate” on Tuesday, 9 November 2010, 9.00 am, at Suntec Singapore Convention Center.

Read more: Singapore Outlines Effort To Achieve Better Air Quality

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held a reception in Hanoi on November 9 for the Netherlands’ former Minister of Agriculture, Professor Veer Man, who has just become an advisor to the government of Vietnam on implementing the national target programme to cope with climate change and sea level rise.Vietnam is one of the five nations which is expected to hardest hit by climate change and rising sea levels. The Vietnamese government considers a major challenge for sustainable development and approved a national target programme to cope with the issues.

Read more: Vietnam, Netherlands cooperate in coping with climate change and sea level rise

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Participants in a five-day food security meeting at The Hague "urged U.N. climate negotiators Friday to consider agriculture when drawing up strategies to fight climate change," the Canadian Press reports.

The conference, featuring delegates from 80 countries and a total of about 800 participants, "ended with a call to invest in new farming practices that will curb greenhouse gas emissions and will better use currently available land to feed a global population of 9 billion by 2050," the news service writes. "Producing what it called a 'roadmap for action,' the conference called for governments to provide access to financing, markets and technology, while acknowledging that private business will play a huge role. Among its list of recommended actions was the restoration of degraded land, new systems of water conservation and harvesting, and better management of animal waste that produces powerful greenhouse gases."

Read more: Food Security Conference In The Hague Concludes With Suggestions For U.N. Climate Negotiations To...

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The example set by Norway and Indonesia in tackling climate change through REDD+ could help encourage significant progress at the Cancun in Mexico, climate talks this year, the visiting Norwegian foreign minister says.

Jonas Gahr Stoere said here Sunday that while global climate meetings, such as the Copenhagen conference, had failed to produce legally binding agreements to stop global warming, reducing emissions from deforestaion and forest degredation (REDD+) was among the very few examples of tangible progress.

He said what Norway and Indonesia could do while waiting for the climate conference in Cancun and South Africa was to demonstrate that they had made tangible progress in their REDD+ deal.

Read more: REDD+ progress in RI ‘could spark new deal in Cancun’

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Jakarta, November 8 - US President Barack Obama’s two-day visit to Indonesia is expected to boost foreign investment in the renewable energy sources sector, a minister said here Monday.

“We expect there will be more transfer of technology for development of renewable energy sources, and investment in the management of the technology,” said Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa.

Read more: Obama's visit expected to boost investment in renewable energy

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