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ILOILO CITY: A mangrove scientist here has underscored the need to protect and preserve mangroves to fight greenhouse gas emissions as his study revealed their potentials “to store more carbon than terrestrial forest.”

Read more: Mangroves seen as major carbon sink


Botanical gardens, like Le Jardin des Plantes in Paris, collectively safeguard four out of 10 plant species known to face extinction. AFP file photo

PARIS: Botanical gardens are a Noah’s Ark for endangered plants, collectively safeguarding four out of 10 species known to face extinction, researchers said Monday.

Read more: Botanical gardens a lifeboat for threatened plants


A radio presenter broadcasts educational programming in Lao PDR. The media have a crucial role to play in building consensus for climate action. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR

The media need to step up their game when it comes to climate change.

We live in a world of tenuous truths, shortened attention spans, competing pri

Read more: The road from Paris starts and ends with the media



2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards

MANILA,Philippines— In Indonesia, much of the oppression against indigenous people is perpetrated by big corporations due to conflicts over land, said Abdon Nababan, one of six awardees of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards.

Nababan, an indigenous person himself (a Toba Batak from Sumatra), had a rude awakening about the persecution of indigenous people when he worked in an anti-logging campaign and realized that the land taken over by a big industrial estate was actually ancestral land that belonged to his grandparents and other Toba Batak families.

Read more: Indonesia’s Nababan: Defender of the indigenous


A small sea horse grabs onto garbage in Indonesia. (Justin Hofman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

The powerful and poignant image shows a tiny seahorse holding tightly onto a pink, plastic cotton swab in blue-green waters around Indonesia.

Read more: The stunning underwater picture this photographer wishes ‘didn’t exist’


GCF 2017 Annual Meeting held in Balikpapan.

JAKARTA - Members of the Governors' Climate and Forest Task Force (GCF) have agreed to reduce deforestation by 80 percent by 2020 which had been declared in the Rio Branco Declaration and signed at the 2014 GCF Annual Meeting.

A quarter of the world's tropical forests are represented by GCF members consisting of 35 provinces in nine countries.

To achieve the target, international funding and financing mechanisms are required to maximize investment quality.

Read more: Nine Countries Agree to Reduce Deforestation by 80 Percent


In Photo: Michael Francisco, Nippon Paint Coatings Philippines general manager (first from left) and Gladys Goh (first from right), Nippon Paint Malaysia Group general manager with the judges from the architecture and interior-design categories of Asia Young Designer Award.

IN this day and age of climate change and other challenges, leading Asian paint maker Nippon does not only want to develop talented designers but wants them to become more enlightened and aware of the problems confronting Asia and the rest of the world.

Read more: Nippon Paint launches 2017 edition of AYDA


Brazil’s dropping GHG emissions are linked to its efforts to reduce deforestation, something Indonesia may want to emulate.

A boat travels up one of many drainage canals in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Dug as part of Indonesia's Mega Rice Project in the mid 1990s, the canals drain surrounding forests of water, making them highly susceptible to fires. Image Credit: Flickr / dfataustralianaid

It has been almost one year since Indonesia ratified the Paris Agreement, binding the country’s commitment to limit warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to keep temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As the country relies heavily on its natural resources and land use, failing to cooperate with the climate change policy could create potential consequences economically and environmentally.

Read more: The Paris Agreement: Can Indonesia Be The Next Brazil?


COPENHAGEN  - A U.S.-based global alliance to speed up efforts to tackle climate change, whose participants inaugural host country Denmark said represented more than a quarter of the world economy, will be launched on Wednesday.

Read more: Denmark launches global alliance for action on climate change


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