Climate Change News


Mangroves in Jaring Halus, North Sumatra. CIFOR/Mokhamad Edliadi

BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Mangrove ecosystems, recognized for their capacity to store large amounts of carbon and protect shoreline erosions from rigorous ocean activity, also provide a buffer by capturing sediment high in organic carbon that can accumulate in tandem with sea level rise, according to new research.

Read more: Fact File: How mangroves contribute to climate change mitigation in Indonesia


Cambodia’s climate change preparedness boosted with new collaboration between the UN Development Programme, Government, and SEVIR-Mekong.

Phnom Penh, June 2018 – With the goal of enhancing flood and drought information for a more climate-resilient agriculture sector, the UN Development Programme has this month launched a tripartite collaboration with Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Bangkok-based SERVIR-Mekong. Under the new partnership, SERVIR-Mekong will help Cambodia step-up drought information using specific local indicators.

Read more: Knowledge is everything when it comes to early warning


Credit: Imperial College London

Developing countries face debt payments of up to $168 billion over the next ten years as a result of their vulnerability to man-made climate change.

A new study from Imperial College Business School found that climate risks are increasing the cost of capital for developing countries. The researchers found that for every ten dollars these countries pay in interest payments, an additional dollar is due to climate vulnerability.

The study shows that over the past decade, a sample of developing countries has endured $40 billion in additional interest payments on government debt alone. The researchers estimate that these additional interest costs are set to rise to between $146bn and $168bn over the next decade, and could exacerbate the economic challenges already faced by poor countries around the world.

However, the researchers also found that investments in climate resilience can help improve fiscal health at the national level.

Read more: Developing countries face rising payments due to climate change, says report


A woman walks on what remains of her house and farm after destructive floods in Ha Giang Province, northern Vietnam, on June 24, 2018. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

Mining, deforestation, and dams have destroyed their terrain and rendered them extremely vulnerable to flash floods.

He is an unnamed Thai man. Not a Thai national, but a member of Thai ethnic minority, one of 54 such communities in Vietnam. He’s 30 years old and lives with his wife and children next to a stream in the mountainous Phong Tho District in Lai Chau Province.

Read more: Lives of many people at stake in flood-prone northern Vietnam


Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao attended the opening session of the Sixth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) Council at the Furama International Conference Center in Danang, Vietnam June 27. ADB plans to mobilize concessional co-financing and provide high-value knowledge-enhancing products and services, including in the areas of intraregional and urban transport, agricultural and rural development, poverty reduction, waste water and drainage and climate change resilience, Vietnam Bridge reports. During his talks with Chairman of the Danang City People’s Committee, Huynh Duc Tho, Nakao discussed ADB’s ongoing support to improve the water supply and solid waste management in the city.

Read more: ADB Committed To Support For Vietnam In Wastewater, Drainage, Climate Change Resilience


A farmer harvests rice on a rice paddy field outside Hanoi, Vietnam, June 7, 2018 Reuters

For every $10 climate-vulnerable countries paid in interest over the past decade, $1 was attributable to climate risks, study says

Read more: Poor countries face $168 billion interest bill due to climate change


Researchers found greater than expected loss of forests in Southeast Asia. Credit: Photos courtesy of the researchers

Researchers using satellite imaging have found much greater than expected deforestation since 2000 in the highlands of Southeast Asia, a critically important world ecosystem. The findings are important because they raise questions about key assumptions made in projections of global climate change as well as concerns about environmental conditions in Southeast Asia in the future.

Read more: Southeast Asian forest loss greater than expected, with negative climate implications


Asia is on the lookout for solutions to pressing challenges like climate change, urbanization, and pollution. Here’s why Singapore’s upcoming CleanEnviro Summit will help meet this demand for sustainability technology and knowledge.

Solar-powered supertrees at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay. Image: Fahrul Azmi, via Unsplash

Air pollution, increased urbanization, deforestation—these are just some of the major environmental challenges that Southeast Asia currently faces. Though these problems affect rural and urban communities across the region in different ways, they all have one factor in common: climate change.

Read more: Solutions for a cleaner, stronger, more sustainable Asia


Davao City – The Bureau of Fisheries in Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Davao Region has blamed climate change for the significant decrease in the volume of fish catch at the Davao Gulf.

Read more: BFAR blames climate change for less fish catch in Davao Gulf


Senator Loren Legarda said on Wednesday the enactment by Malacanang of a law strengthens the conservation of 97 ecologically critical areas in the country.


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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