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Global warming may have intensified Hurricane Harvey and storms in Asia and Africa but the real problem may be our sprawling cities.

 Residential neighbourhoods near Interstate 10 are flooded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Photograph: Marcus Yam/LA Times via Getty

First came the dire warnings of Hurricane Harvey, then the terrible scenes as the skies opened, whole neighbourhoods drowned and motorways became rivers. Now, as the waters subside and the full extent of the damage is assessed, come the voices of distraught people who have lost everything and the rallying of Americans to help in the recovery.

Read more: As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change?

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Mars has pledged to spend $1 billion on its “Sustainability in a Generation” plan.It aims to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and promoting sustainable farming. Mars wants big companies around the world to follow its lead. It’s warning that “more extreme weather events” could cause “significant challenges and hardships” unless more action is taken.

A farmer carrying cocoa pods at a cocoa farm in Agboville, Ivory Coast. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

LONDON – The chocolate giant Mars is promising to spend close to $1 billion over the next few years fighting climate change.

Read more: ‘We’re trying to go all in’: Chocolate giant Mars pledges $1 billion to fight climate change

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What systematic financial risks and fiscal impact does climate change pose? What are some of the emerging frameworks for valuing climate-related damage in key sectors such as agriculture and water resource management? What are good practice examples of partnerships to mitigate systematic climate risk and related losses?

Read more: Valuing climate change impacts in Viet Nam

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In June, dozens of flights from Phoenix, Arizona, were cancelled during a heat wave

As if flying wasn't already enough of a chore, there's an increasing number of studies showing climate change might make it worse.

Read more: Climate change could make flights longer and bumpier

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Physicist Michio Kaku once said, "What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems... there's no law of physics preventing them." And so it has been with railway and metro bridges that span waterways. The city of Washington, D.C., is bounded on two sides by rivers and an untold number of streams. Every morning the Orange Line, one of six train lines that serve the city, ferries 12,060 commuters—per hour. And this miracle occurs every day in Berlin, Tokyo, London, Amsterdam, Shanghai, and numerous other metropolitan areas. In the United Kingdom alone there are more than 40,000 railway bridges.

Read more: In the face of climate change can our engineers keep the trains running on time?

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By:  Doris Dumlao-Abadilla

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

27 August 2017

http://business.inquirer.net/235841/2-filipinos-make-class-2017-asia-21

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The Mont Mine glacier in the Swiss Alps has suffered visible damage from melting triggered by climate change. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Alps are crumbling. The majestic mountains at the geographical heart of Europe are coming apart in places in full view of alarmed locals and concerned environmentalists.

Read more: The Alps are Crumbling. The culprit: Climate Change

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Taking a closer look at a sultan’s grand $100-billion megaproject in Johor.

In Forest City's show gallery, a sprawling model displays the four reclaimed islands which will soon sprout out of the Johor Strait. Image Credit: Albert Shaw

Read more: Malaysia’s Forest City and the Damage Done

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The MOU follows a tsunami drill involving 800 students, with support from the government of Japan.

BALI, Indonesia – Major hotels on the island of Bali signed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU on Saturday with local communities to become evacuation points for school children in the event of tsunamis. The signing took place following a second tsunami drill in as many weeks in the Indonesian island, involving 800 students, with support from the Government of Japan. 

Read more: Hotels in Tsunami-prone Bali Sign MOU to Become Evacuation Points

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Jakarta - Three pilot sites of offshore aquaculture have been launched to breed the Barramundi and Sea Bass fishes in Aceh and Central Java provinces, an official from the Fishery and Maritime Ministry stated here on Tuesday.

Read more: Indonesia starts developing offshore aquaculture: Ministry

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