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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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Stunning images of Antarctica and a new documentary ‘From Asia to Antarctica’ tell the story of the connection between the two continents for the first time

Eco-Business today officially launched Changing Course, an exhibition that tells the climate change story through a unique Asian lens. This film and photography exhibition is part of Eco-Business’s larger Changing Course campaign on climate action. It documents the ClimateForce: Antarctica 2018 expedition in March led by Sir Robert Swan, a British environmentalist, and explorer who was the first man to walk to both North and South Poles.

Read more: Changing Course, a film and photography exhibition, opens to the public at the Singapore Botanic...

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A “one-stop-shop” information portal for the efficient implementation of climate change mitigation activities in key sectors of agriculture, waste, industry, transport, forestry, and energy has been launched by the Climate Change Commission (CCC).

Read more: CCC launches a “one-stop-shop” information portal

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Seagrasses (above) are found in coastal waters all over the world, apart from at the poles.PHOTO: SITI MARYAM YAAKUB

The verdant meadows of the sea are up to 35 times better than rainforests at storing carbon and are nurseries for all manner of marine creatures. Yet, about 40 percent of the world's seagrass may have been lost due to human activity.

Read more: Seagrasses can offset climate change

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A pod of pilot whales struggling not to beach themselves off the waters of Scotland, 2011. Photo: Getty Images

A male pilot whale struggled for five days to stay alive in Thailand near the Malaysian border after rescuers found it with 17 pounds of plastic bags in its stomach, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, but it ultimately succumbed to its illnesses.

Read more: Pilot Whale Dies in Thailand After Being Found With 17 Pounds of Plastic Bags in Its Stomach

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A scene of devastation in Japan after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Natural disasters are expected to intensify in strength thanks to climate change. Image: Warren Antiola, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Disaster risk management has always been a high priority in Southeast Asia, but climate change is making the problem all the more urgent and challenging, writes NUS’Vinod Thomas.

Southeast Asia, already on the path of tropical storms originating from the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, has seen a spike in climate disasters as global warming aggravates these hazards of nature. The dangers are compounded by the fact that the region also has a high population density, with large urban populations in low-lying cities, including the megacities, Jakarta and Manila.

Read more: Climate change raises the bar for disaster resilience

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