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NEW YORK - As part of its commitment to address climate change, Tiffany & Co. today announced that it is purchasing renewable energy credits equivalent to 100% of its U.S. electricity use in 2017. This milestone, part of Tiffany’s journey to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally by 2050, is being achieved through an investment in Utah solar renewable energy credits – a state where much of Tiffany’s gold and silver is mined.

Read more: Tiffany & Co. Balances Global Energy Use With Renewable Energy Investments, on Path to Net-Zero...

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As new development overwhelms Phnom Penh’s aging wastewater management system, the Cambodian capital seeks an ambitious remake.

Read more: One of Asia’s Fastest-Growing Cities Just Got a $1 Billion Plumbing Bill

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FILE: A 10-megawatt solar farm in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city on Cambodia's eastern border with Vietnam on June 17, 2017, ahead of its August operation. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Cambodia should scrap some hydropower dams as alternative energy sources, such as solar power, are becoming cheaper, a U.S. think-tank said.

Read more: Solar, wind advances offer Mekong countries alternatives to dams, coal: Experts

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved $50 million in additional financing to help boost agricultural productivity and improve smallholder farmers’ access to markets in 271 communes in Tonle Sap Basin, which is prone to natural calamities.

Read more: ADB Supports Disaster-Resilient Agriculture in Cambodia

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Countries need to conquer environmental degradation at all levels, says UNDP Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei resident coordinator. 

Read more: Seeking better solution

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WITH Brunei Darussalam accounting for only a very small amount (0.016 percent) of global greenhouse emissions, the Sultanate is prepared to play an active role in supporting the global effort to combat climate change.

Read more: Brunei undertakes commitment to environmental protection at 14th AMME

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By sharing its Sufficiency Economy Philosophy model, Thailand is helping other developing nations achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Of the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the final one – revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development – may be the most compelling of all. The only way we can build a better world is by working together. So many of the challenges we face, from climate change to eradicating diseases, are borderless. Although we measure results on a nation-by-nation basis, unless nations can find ways to work together for the good of our planet and its people, our future will ultimately be unsustainable.

Read more: Thailand promotes partnerships for a sustainable world

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  • Environment ministers at the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, organized jointly by UN Environment and ESCAP, discussed measures to improve resource efficiency and combat pollution.
  • Ministers emphasized the need for concerted action on a range of environmental issues, including waste management, transboundary pollution and marine litter.
  • At the close of the Summit, they adopted a Ministerial Declaration and agreed to forward further recommendations to the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3).

Read more: Asia-Pacific Summit Prioritizes Resource Efficiency, Anti-Pollution Measures

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Anti-waste group kicks off a campaign to incentivise Singaporean consumers to bring their own cups, bottles, bags and containers, and so cut down on plastic use.

A woman carries her groceries home in plastic bags. Singapore threw away 822,000 tonnes of plastic last year, of which only seven per cent was recycled. Image: teddy-rised, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Coffee drinkers in Singapore might find that their morning brew tastes a little bit sweeter from now on, as a number of local cafes have started offering discounts to customers who bring their own cups as part of a waste-reduction campaign.

Read more: New campaign aims to put lid on Singapore’s use of disposable plastics

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  • The WMO opened a regional office for the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore to improve coordination on hazards and to strengthen meteorological services for rapidly evolving economic sectors, such as air and marine transport.
  • The Government of Solomon Islands, SPREP and WMO co-hosted the Fourth session of the Pacific Meteorological Council in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 14-17 August 2017.
  • Following the Council, the Second Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology convened on 18 August.

Read more: UNFCCC Issues PCCB Progress Report, Initiatives Build Climate Forecasting Capacity

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