Climate Change News


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


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


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


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


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'


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


SINGAPORE : Four Singapore organisations have bagged top awards at the 2010 ASEAN Energy Awards. 

Convened annually, the ASEAN Energy Awards recognise efforts by enterprising ASEAN companies to integrate renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in their projects. 

One winner is IUT Singapore Pte Ltd, which innovatively burns food waste to generate renewable energy. 

Electricity produced is used to power the plant. 

The excess electricity is exported into Singapore's power grid. 

Read more: Four Singapore companies bag top ASEAN awards for energy-saving solutions


The Asian Development Bank and the Nordic Development Fund will give a US$2.5 million funding injection to Laos for capacity development in technical assistance to cope with climate change.

The agreement was signed by Senior Climate Change Specialist of the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Division of ADB, Mr Ancha Srinivasan, and Director General of the Environment Department of (WREA), Dr Viengsavanh Douangsavanh, in Vientiane yesterday.

Under an agreement from ADB and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), a technical assistance project will be launched with the aim of developing the capacity of WREA officials to cope with climate change, learn adaptation skills and reduce negative impacts.

Read more: Agreement helps Laos tackle effects of climate change



Asia Clean Energy

In the photo: Dr. Lorna M. Calumpang (center) together with other finalists of the Clean Energy Marketplace. Second from left is Barbara Krell of the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia.

23 June 2009 -- SEARCA’s Knowledge Center on Climate Change (KC3) joined the 13 finalists chosen from around the globe at the Clean Energy Marketplace in the recently concluded High Profile Dialogue on Climate Change back-to-back with the 4th Asia Clean Energy Forum 2009 held last 15-19 June 2009. The Clean Energy Marketplace Poster Competition featured innovative technologies, business projects, and models and programs in the light of clean energy as a means to mitigate climate change and its impacts. Grand prize went to the Renewable Biomass Solid Fuel as Alternative to Coal for Firing Bricks in Kilns Project of the MinErgy Pvt. Ltd, Nepal.

Organized and sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and USAID, the High Profile Dialogue on Climate Change back-to-back with the 4th Asia Clean Energy Forum gathered together about 800 participants from various groups: policymakers, private institutions, and non-governmental organizations. The forum provided the opportunity for stakeholders to share best practices and form partnerships in response to climate change. (By Bernadette P. Joven)


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