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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

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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?

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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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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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