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Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly.

An Argo float is deployed into the ocean Photograph: CSIRO

As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much extra heat is there? And how accurate are our measurements? These are questions that climate scientists ask. If we can answer these questions, it will better help us prepare for a future with a very different climate. It will also better help us predict what that future climate will be.

The most important measurement of global warming is in the oceans. In fact, “global warming” is really “ocean warming.” If you are going to measure the changing climate of the oceans, you need to have many sensors spread out across the globe that take measurements from the ocean surface to the very depths of the waters. Importantly, you need to have measurements that span decades so a long-term trend can be established. 

Read more: New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

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Fisherman in Timor Leste casts net in the water to catch small fish. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Warming oceans, depleting sea life and plastic pollution are on the agenda for next week's ocean summit at the United Nations, which will call for urgent action to improve the health of the oceans, while also creating jobs and raising people out of poverty.

Read more: UN poised to open summit on world's oceans; outcome will 'call for action' on ocean health

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The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement last week was regarded as a step backward for Alaska.

Lione Clare presenting her photo story to fellow Sitkans. (Photo by Cameron Clark/KCAW)Following the president’s decision, Gov. Bill Walker announced that “Alaskans know our landscape is changing at an accelerating pace. We are experiencing social and economic upheaval caused by shrinking sea ice, rising sea level, increasing intensity of storms, and increasing coastal erosion.” And it’s not just Alaska. A college student from Sitka is exploring how climate change is affecting Southeast Asia too.

Read more: Sitkan focuses lens on climate change in Southeast Asia

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Viet Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and mitigation work, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang said yesterday.— Photo donre.hochiminhcity.gov.vn

Speaking at a workshop on climate change impacts in Viet Nam organised by the ministry and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Thang said loss and damage valuation included identifying climate change’s negative impacts on socio-economic development, economic and non-economic losses, resettlement, permanent loss, restoration, insurance, social welfare and compensation.

Read more: Valuation of climate change impacts for better responses

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Highly destructive floods and storms are becoming a new global norm. The massive rainfall that has wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka’s southern and western regions is the latest manifestation of the increased frequency and ferocity of these events. Local conditions are aggravating factors: deforestation, land degradation, population pressures and deficits in disaster management. But make no mistake: global warming is also driving changes in temperatures and precipitation, making countries more disaster-prone than ever.

Read more: Taking Action against the New Climate Norm

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At this week’s Ecosperity 2017 conference, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Mr Teo Chee Hean shared how Singapore has balanced economic, social, and environmental priorities to achieve sustainable development. Below is an excerpt of his speech.

Teo Chee Hean, Singapore's deputy prime minister and coordinating minister for natural security, shares Singapore's sustainable development story at the Ecosperity 2017 conference, organised by Temasek. Image: Temasek

 

Since the 1970s, economic development has helped to lift billions of people out of poverty. Social indices of human development such as healthcare and education have improved significantly.

But this progress is not even, and important challenges remain. Social inequality, education and work opportunities for women, and youth unemployment are still areas of concern for many countries.

Rising populism and protectionism in several advanced economies, technological disruptions, and new transnational security and pandemic threats add more complexity and uncertainty to health, safety, and development.

Our environment is also under stress. Since 1972, the world population has grown from 3.8 billion to 7.3 billion in 2015, and is expected to grow to 9.7 billion by 2050. More than 54 per cent of the global population already lives in urban areas.

Access to clean air, clean water, power, and sanitation are challenges in many countries. Low-lying coastal communities such as Singapore are also more vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

Individuals, companies, countries, and the global community will need to work together to develop solutions for sustainable development.

Read more: The four pillars of Singapore’s sustainable development success

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The Pangilinan-led company said it continues to build new facilities including additional pumping stations and reservoirs to improve the water supply system’s climate change resiliency and to create redundancies in the event of a disaster. File

MANILA, Philippines - West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. has invested about P42 billion in the last five years to ensure water security in its service area.

Read more: Maynilad spends P42 B for water security program

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MANILA, Philippines – Responders, decision-makers, and advocates of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR-CCA) will gather from July 7 to 8 for the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedeness at the Samsung Hall of the SM Aura Mall in Taguig City.

The summit builds on the work of Agos, powered by eBayanihan, a disaster information management platform that amplifies and crowdsources critical information before, during, and after disasters. Together with its partner agencies, organizations, and volunteers, Agos enables disaster managers, local leaders, and responders to make quick life-saving decisions.

The summit, which is organized by Rappler’s civic engagement arm MovePH, aims to highlight best practices and innovations in DRR-CCA. The Summit also aims to train responders and volunteers in the use of social media, technology, and crowdsourcing in times of crisis.

Read more: Disaster risk reduction community to gather for Agos Summit

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Ha Thanh Toan, rector of Can Tho University, delivers a speech at an international workshop on Mekong water security risks Vietnam very concerned about impacts from dams

As nations in the Greater Mekong Subregion suffer a rise in water shortages and salinity intrusion, governments need to cooperate in order to safeguard the livelihood of residents in the river basin and their diverse cultures, speakers at an international workshop on water security risks and narratives in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta said last week.

Ha Thanh Toan, rector of Can Tho University in southern Vietnam, said mutual understanding and the sharing of information among the countries along the Mekong River was critical to reducing potential impacts caused by climate change.

Read more: Mekong nations urged to cooperate for environmental conservation

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The Union Parliament on Tuesday approved the signing of the regional agreement for the establishment of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), after President U Htin Kyaw put forward the proposal.

Burma’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation presented the proposal to Parliament last month.

Read more: Myanmar Will Join Asian Forest Cooperation Organization

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