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A tropical cyclone has hit Burma's Arakan State and has been upgraded to a “Category II” cyclone, Myanmar Climate Change Watch has said.

Cyclone Giri, which formed over the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean, has reached a “very destructive stage” with winds of up to 120 km per hour, and is due to hit Kyaukphyu, a major town in Arakan State, by 3 p.m. local time.

Read more: Cyclone Giri Hits Arakan State


Bangkok - Floods in central Thailand caused by a week-long monsoon deluge have claimed at least 17 lives this week, caused 267 million dollars in damage and were threatening the capital, officials said Friday. Bangkok, a city of 10 million inhabitants, was preparing for possible flooding Sunday and Monday from the swollen Chao Phrya River which runs through the capital.

As they reach the city, the floodwaters were set to run into a surge of water coming up the river from high tides in the Gulf of Thailand, Irrigation Department officials said. Heavy rainfalls in the area at the same time could seriously compound the problem, experts warned. 'If they are lucky, there will not be more heavy rain coming down next week,' said Smith Dharmasaroja, chairman of the Foundation of Natural Disaster Warning Council.

Read more: Bangkok braced as Thailand's flood death toll hits 17



SINGAPORE - In the absence of a global agreement, Singapore will still take steps to implement energy-efficiency measures announced under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint in April last year, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament yesterday.

These include implementing minimum Green Mark standards for all new buildings in Singapore, Minimum Energy Performance Standards for household appliances by next year and the Energy Conservation Act by 2013.

Read more: S'pore to go 'green', with or without global agreement: Dr Yaacob


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A U.S.-based foundation is urging concerted international action to preserve world-famed cultural heritage sites at risk of loss or damage, including Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temple complex, one of the great landmarks of Asia.The Global Heritage Fund says in a report circulated Monday that "of the nearly 500 global heritage sites in the 100 poorest and emerging countries of the world ... over 200 are facing irreversible loss and damage today.

Read more: Conservationists say Angkor Wat at risk from tourists


Borneo Bulletin's Deputy Editor, James Kon, walked into the office one day with two pieces of A4-sized paper in his hand and said: "I need two people to go to Temburong with HSBC for a 'Climate Camp'. Who wants to go?"

We immediately signed up for the assignment, as we were sure that it would be an experience of epic proportions. We were right.

HSBC staff, including the bank's Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, Lim Boon Teck, were among those who signed up for the trip to Kuala Belalong Field Study Centre on October 2.

According to Boon Teck, it was the third time that HSBC has organised such a trip. A large number of HSBC staff from all over the country expressed their interest in the trip, as they were keen to learn more about the Climate Change Partnership with CTFS and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), as well as its collaboration with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

Read more: HSBC raises awareness on Green issues with 'Climate Camp'


NAY PYI TAW, Oct. 16, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Myanmar Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation U Htay Oo said on Saturday that the country's rice supply in general exceeds local demand as a whole.

Htay Oo made the remarks at the World Food Day commemorative ceremony held in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw.

Of Myanmar's 23 million hectares' total areas of farmland, 8 million hectares are put under paddy, producing 20 million tons of rice, he said.

"In Myanmar, rice production is still increasing faster than demand contributing not only for local consumption but also for world food supply," he noted, adding that programs for food security were carried out regionwise, but some states and regions have yet to try to meet their rice sufficiency level.

Read more: Myanmar's rice supply exceeds local demand


Bandar Seri Begawan - Current and emerging regional and global issues related to the environment, which are significant to Asean, were discussed yesterday during the 12th Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Environment.

Some of these issues revolved around climate change and global warming, nature conservation and biodiversity, water resource management, urban environmental management and governance, coastal and marine environment and environmental education.

Read more: Brunei Highlights Challenges Of Climate Change At Meeting


ASEAN region's first Blue Gene supercomputer will explore impact of climate modeling on Brunei's flood forecasting, crop yield, energy and rainforest resources.

IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) today announced an agreement to collaborate on climate modeling research that will investigate the impact of climate change on flood forecasting, crop yields, renewable energy and the health of rainforests in the region.

Read more: IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam to Collaborate on Climate Modeling Research


To mark this year's World Disaster Risk Reduction, the European Union is supporting the organization of several events under the theme "Making Resilient Cities -- My City is Getting Ready", according to a statement released by EU office in Cambodia.

The events aim to enhance community awareness about disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and especially to integrate them into Cambodia's development agenda.

"Disaster preparedness saves lives" stated Michelle Labeeu, the Charg d' Affaires a.i. of the European Union Delegation to Cambodia. "The European Union significantly contributes to global disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation efforts by supporting communities to better prepare themselves against natural disasters, " he said.

Read more: EU marks world disaster risk reduction day in Cambodia


BANGKOK, THAILAND - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending up to B4.2 billion to The Bangchak Petroleum Company Public Company Limited (BCP) to build two solar power plants in central Thailand. The loan agreement was signed today in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

The 8-megawatt and 30-megawatt plants - due to be completed in Ayutthaya next year - will help the Thai government achieve its target of getting 20.4% of its primary commercial energy - or 5,608 megawatts of installed power - from renewable sources by 2022. Currently, renewable sources, including biomass, solar, and hydropower, only contribute 1,754 megawatts of energy.

Read more: ADB Signs Loan Agreement to Build Two Solar Power Plants in Thailand


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