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KUALA LUMPUR  - One in four people in Myanmar live in low-quality housing, exposing them to greater threats during natural disasters, the United Nations said Friday.

Read more: Millions of improved homes needed in Myanmar to cut disaster risk: UN

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Slash-and-burn agriculture can wreak havoc with peatlands and forests. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Malaysia has been losing much of its peatlands and their ongoing loss bodes ill for the country’s environment. Peat swamps are home to a great deal of biodiversity with a fascinating kaleidoscope of species. They also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide. In fact, peat swamps in Malaysia may store up to 20 times more carbon than adjacent lowland forests.

Read more: Slash-and-Burn Agriculture must Stop

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For Malaysia, one important driver for reducing carbon emissions is the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015.

URBAN development is the primary producer of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. Fuelled by rising population, the situation will worsen unless steps are taken to implement green and sustainable development.

For Malaysia, one important driver for reducing carbon emissions is the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015. In Paris, we had made the commitment to reduce our carbon intensity of GDP by 45% by the year 2030 as compared with the 2005 level.

Read more: Positioning Malaysia at the forefront of low carbon cities

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In 2015, massive fires burned across Indonesia, releasing hazardous smoke across neighboring countries. How close is the country to meeting its goal of reducing haze from future fires?

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Read more: Here’s What Indonesia is Doing About its Deadly Haze from Forest and Peatland Fires

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Tropical deforestation accelerates climate change, and 40 percent of it happens in two countries: Brazil and Indonesia. Governments, NGOs, and businesses, meanwhile, have launched dozens of efforts to correct this – but those efforts will only succeed if they work together. Here’s how to make that happen.

Read more: How Brazil And Indonesia Can Meet The Climate Challenge

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If climate change is the defining challenge for human society, preserving tropical forests is essential - and faith can help, says World Resources Institute distinguished senior fellow Frances Seymour.

A Buddhist monk rests in Sra Damrei, a peaceful spot in the Phnom Kulen National Park in Cambodia. Religious leaders across the world are helping to mobilise people of faith to take climate action, including protecting forests. Image: Guillén Pérez, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

I grew up as the minister’s daughter in a Baptist church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a college town in the southern US. I witnessed first-hand how organized and energized faith communities took on the cause of racial justice in the early 1960s, as church leaders and lay members pushed to integrate the public school system, restaurants, and even the University of North Carolina basketball team.

Read more: Keeping faith in forests

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was marked in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday at the Expo 2017.

Read more: 50th ASEAN Anniversary Marked At Astana’s Expo 2017

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TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol - The recent hosting of an international conference on energy sustainability, attended by at least 34 countries from Asia, has further boosted Bohol’s position in the world not only as a favorite tourist destination but also as an excellent convention site in the global events industry, Gov. Edgar Chatto said.

Read more: Bohol poses as global convention site

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Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (R) meets with Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Canada has pledged to continue supporting Vietnam to increase capacity to cope with non-traditional security challenges, including climate change and environmental issues.

Read more: Canada supports Vietnam to cope with climate change

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Rising on the world stage, dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes — and apparently air travel too.

Read more: Dangerous Dengue Fever Could Go Worldwide, with Help from Air Travel & Climate Change

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