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This microbe, nitrospira inopinata, could hold the answers for rectifying Earth’s nitrogen problem. Credit: Dimitri Kits

New research from University of Alberta and University of Vienna microbiologists provides unparalleled insight into the Earth's nitrogen cycle, identifying and characterizing the ammonia-oxidizing microbe, Nitrospira inopinata. The findings, explained Lisa Stein, co-author and professor of biology, have significant implications for climate change research.

Read more: New microbe has potential to help rebalance Earth's nitrogen cycle

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Harvesting rice in Viet Nam. Global rice consumption trends are rising. Photo: FAO/Hoang Dinh Nam

 With global warming expected to significantly impact future yields in countries located closer to the equator, the United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific economies to take a leading role in adaptation and mitigation.

Read more: Climate change threatens agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies, UN agency warns

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When talking about the world's environment, sometimes it seems that there is no room for optimism.

Climate change has reached an irreversible point, which in turn is increasing the temperature of the world, melting ice caps, and contributing to the world's rising sea levels.

Meanwhile, things aren't looking good among our immediate neighbours in the region, as deforestation, open burning, and slash and burn practices still reign in some parts of the world.

All this, combined with pollution, makes for a not so pretty picture of the earth that we're leaving for our children.

But, the people around the world have taken notice of the world's ills, and major governments are working on solutions on how we can at least slow down the effects and start shaping a better world for the future.

One of those initiatives that have taken hold globally, is renewable energy.

Read more: Clean, Green And Profitable, A Look At M'sia's Switch To Renewable Energy

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Undoubtedly climate change (CC) is causing extreme weather events to occur more frequently and with more intensity. However, in reviewing the recent disasters, it can be seen that there remains a number of weak links in the "chain" of CC response and disaster risk prevention, from forecasting to disaster planning and the execution of response measures.

Flash flood wipes out a range of houses and facilities in Residential No. 8, Mu Cang Chai town, Yen Bai province, at dawn on August 3.

Read more: Climate change response: Loose chains cause huge impacts

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Fish caught at Sầm Sơn Beach, central Thanh Hóa Province. - VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyết

CẦN THƠ – The Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) meeting was held in Cần Thơ yesterday during the APEC Food Security Week to shape actions to ensure food security in the context of climate change and urbanisation.

Read more: APEC looks at food security amidst climate change

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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) launched a 5-year developmental project in three of PRC chapters in Capiz, Antique and Aklan (CA- ANAK) to reduce health and disaster risks within its communities.

Read more: Philippine Red Cross launches CA-ANAK developmental project

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MANILA, Philippines - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement with South Korea-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) to scale up its climate finance delivery in developing member countries.

Read more: ADB inks agreement with Green Climate Fund

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The Kheshorter forest. Photo - KESAN/Supplied

A film on the Kheshorter forest showcases Karen tradition and raises awareness about deforestation in Myanmar.

Read more: Of trees and men

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Farmers fish inside Orchard farm in Maubin Township, Irrawaddy Delta, April 6, 2016.  / Reuters

Fast-dwindling mangroves in Myanmar’s low-lying Irrawaddy Delta, ravaged by decades of deforestation and conversion of land for agriculture and aquaculture, could find an unlikely savior – drones.

Read more: Mangrove-planting Drones on a Mission to Restore Myanmar Delta

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The Green Revolution, launched in the 1960s, increased harvests with improved technology, including high-yielding varieties of wheat and rice developed by scientists, and greater use of chemical fertilisers.


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THIRUTHURAIPOONDI - For Nel Jayaraman, the realization that hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers and pesticides were making farmers more vulnerable to extreme weather came slowly.

Read more: Battling century’s worst drought, India’s farmers revive traditional grains

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