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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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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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