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Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao attended the opening session of the Sixth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) Council at the Furama International Conference Center in Danang, Vietnam June 27. ADB plans to mobilize concessional co-financing and provide high-value knowledge-enhancing products and services, including in the areas of intraregional and urban transport, agricultural and rural development, poverty reduction, waste water and drainage and climate change resilience, Vietnam Bridge reports. During his talks with Chairman of the Danang City People’s Committee, Huynh Duc Tho, Nakao discussed ADB’s ongoing support to improve the water supply and solid waste management in the city.

Read more: ADB Committed To Support For Vietnam In Wastewater, Drainage, Climate Change Resilience

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A farmer harvests rice on a rice paddy field outside Hanoi, Vietnam, June 7, 2018 Reuters

For every $10 climate-vulnerable countries paid in interest over the past decade, $1 was attributable to climate risks, study says

Read more: Poor countries face $168 billion interest bill due to climate change

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Researchers found greater than expected loss of forests in Southeast Asia. Credit: Photos courtesy of the researchers

Researchers using satellite imaging have found much greater than expected deforestation since 2000 in the highlands of Southeast Asia, a critically important world ecosystem. The findings are important because they raise questions about key assumptions made in projections of global climate change as well as concerns about environmental conditions in Southeast Asia in the future.

Read more: Southeast Asian forest loss greater than expected, with negative climate implications

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Asia is on the lookout for solutions to pressing challenges like climate change, urbanization, and pollution. Here’s why Singapore’s upcoming CleanEnviro Summit will help meet this demand for sustainability technology and knowledge.

Solar-powered supertrees at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay. Image: Fahrul Azmi, via Unsplash

Air pollution, increased urbanization, deforestation—these are just some of the major environmental challenges that Southeast Asia currently faces. Though these problems affect rural and urban communities across the region in different ways, they all have one factor in common: climate change.

Read more: Solutions for a cleaner, stronger, more sustainable Asia

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Davao City – The Bureau of Fisheries in Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Davao Region has blamed climate change for the significant decrease in the volume of fish catch at the Davao Gulf.

Read more: BFAR blames climate change for less fish catch in Davao Gulf

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Senator Loren Legarda said on Wednesday the enactment by Malacanang of a law strengthens the conservation of 97 ecologically critical areas in the country.

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The new law is the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018 (ENIPAS) under Republic Act No. 11038. It was signed on June 22.

Read more: ENIPAS strengthens conservation of environment — Legarda

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Drones are being used to pollinate pear blossoms on a farm in Cangzhou, Hebei province. Photo: Reuters

As heavy snow swept across China early this year, local media in Central China’s Hubei province reported that farmers used unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to spray de-icing agent, saving over 500 snow-covered vegetable greenhouses from collapse. In the midst of climate change, technology is enhancing the resilience of the agriculture sector to weather extremes, helping the sector face the challenges of producing more food to feed the world’s growing population.

Read more: Battling climate change: China deploys drones over farms

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 Tourists and local residents disembark a boat amid plastic rubbish in Sanur, Bali Photograph: Johannes Christo/Reuters

Nation’s two largest Islamic organizations will call on network of 100 million followers to reduce plastic waste and reuse bags

Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest marine polluters, has decided to get religious – literally – about reducing plastic waste.

The government has announced it will join forces with the country’s two largest Islamic organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, using their extensive networks across the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation to encourage consumers to reduce plastic waste and reuse their plastic bags.

Together the two Islamic institutions have more than 100 million followers.

Read more: Preaching against plastic: Indonesia's religious leaders join fight to cut waste

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Indonesian President's Special Envoy on Climate Change, Professor Rachmat Witoelar, delivered a keynote speech at the launch of the Indonesia-Australia collaborative program on climate change before academicians of Griffith University in Brisbane on June 11, 2018. (Libertina W.A)

Griffith University Rector Professor, Ian O'Connor, and Indonesian President's Special Envoy on Climate Change, Professor Rachmat Witoelar, launched a collaborative program on climate change on Monday (June 11) at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Read more: Indonesia, Australia launch collaborative program on climate change

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