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The Royal Government of Cambodia and its development partners on Wednesday discussed and stressed on the need for integrated efforts under different climate change-related initiatives to ensure high efficiency in helping the country to respond to the impact of this global problem.

The message came during the inception workshop of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) which was held in Phnom Penh in a one-day forum where participated by more than 100 representatives from different ministries, institutions and expertises as well as those from development partners.

Mok Mareth, Senior Minister and Minister of Environment, Chairman of the National Climate Change Committee, opened the workshop by reiterating the high attention of the Royal Government of Cambodia is tackling impacts of climate change as a strategic priority for reducing poverty.

Read more: Cambodia discusses efforts to respond to climate change

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Bandar Seri Begawan - The Minister of Education has expressed Brunei Darussalam's continued support for Asean efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, underpinning the role of education in promoting awareness on the need to protect the environment.

Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong led the Brunei delegation as they attended the two-day 4th Meeting of the Asean Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council, in Da Nang, Vietnam that ended Monday.

Read more: Brunei supports ASEAN Bid to Protect Environment

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Tan Yong Soon, Singapore's Permanent Secretary for Climate Change, recently declared global climate change to be "one of the most important and pressing challenges facing the international community."

Speaking at the conference on EU and Asian Policy Responses to Climate Change and Energy post Copenhagen, held July 26th, 2010, at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, in Singapore, the Secretary acknowledged Singapore's vulnerable position as a small and low-lying island, where any rise in sea-level and temperatures can have significant consequences.

Read more: Singapore Is Serious About Climate Change

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Biogas projects make up most of 111 passed

Thailand has become one of the world's top 10 players in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects with 37 being registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Association (TGO) has so far approved 111 CDM projects with a combined capacity to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 6.95 million tonnes a year.

Of the total, 37 projects that altogether lower emissions by 2 million tonnes per year were endorsed by the UN agency, said TGO executive director Sirithan Pairoj-Boriboon.

Read more: Thailand moves into top 10 in CDM

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TROPICAL Asia’s rice yields are at risk because of climate change, as evidence suggests higher temperatures have already cut growth rates as much as 20 percent in some areas, according the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation.

A report produced by the body analysed six years’ worth of data from 227 sites in Asia, including in Thailand and southern Vietnam.“Temperature trends are becoming more influential [on rice yields],” the report said. 

“Looking ahead, they imply a net negative impact on yield from moderate warming in coming decades.” 

Read more: Climate yields rice concerns

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CLIMATE change could be behind the recent migration of rats in Bago Division, a weather expert said at a recent seminar in Yangon.

Beginning in late June, thousands of black rats (Rattus rattus) began migrating from jungles in Bago Division to areas near human settlements, consuming paddy and other crops. Residents in affected regions said it was the first time they had seen the black rat in such prodigious numbers.

Dr Tun Lwin, a former director general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, said he believed the rat migration was the result of a lack of rain in the early monsoon period and reflected a long-term trend of changing monsoon patterns.

Read more: Late monsoon could have triggered rat swarm: expert

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The giant Southeast Asian catfish is in danger of extinction, a recent report concluded.

According to the report, "River of Giants: Giant Fish of the Mekong," a plan to build hydropower dams along the Mekong River in Laos will threaten the survival the Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas).  The conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the report in July and is concerned that the 11 planned dams would block the migration route of the giant catfish.

Read more: A damming effect on giant catfish

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A comprehensive new study of the effects of climate change has found "undeniable" evidence that the earth is warming, and its effects on our oceans appears far worse than first acknowledged.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report, which used 303 scientists from 48 countries to examine 10 different indicators, points to "unmistakable" evidence that we are in the grips of catastrophic climate change.But the extent of damage done to ocean life has now been made clear: another study published in US journal Nature found that 40 percent of the world's plankton has died off since the 1950s as a result of being unable to adjust to warming seas, a result of man-made greenhouse gases. Phytoplanktons are tiny plants that suck up much of the world's carbon dioxide and emit an estimated 50 percent of our oxygen.

Read more: Grim warning sounded on climate change

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Land subsidence, not climate change, is the biggest factor causing tidal flooding, a researcher says.

Subsidence is the main cause of coastal tidal flooding and coastal line erosion along the upper Gulf of Thailand, says Thanawat Jarupongsakul, head of the unit for disaster and land information studies at Chulalongkorn University's science faculty.

Many people believe that climate change causes rising sea levels, which could one day inundate Bangkok and neighbouring provinces, he said.

Read more: Climate change danger 'exaggerated'

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Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei Darussalam must tap and learn from Korea's vast experiences in implementing low carbon green growth strategy, and seize any cooperation opportunities that will contribute to the enhancement of the Sultanate's capability and capacity to address climate change mitigation, namely to reduce the country's carbon emission level.

Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Suyoi bin Hj Osman, who spoke yesterday during the Korea-Brunei Energy Forum at the Grand Hall of The Empire Hotel & Country Club, also said that despite contributing to only about 0.0167 per cent of the global carbon emission, Brunei (through the Country's National Council on Climate Change) is at the inception of developing a National Mitigation Action Plan (NAMA).

The minister said the Sultanate is currently working to establish mitigation actions to reduce carbon emission.

Read more: Minister reveals plans on green growth

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