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AFTER President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) a year into his tenure, climate advocates are not satisfied with the climate change policies implemented so far during his administration.

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Urban agriculture is able to cater to food demand for the urban population, if it is practised in a proper way. FILE PIC

As world population increases, with urbanisation moving in tandem, more people are expected to live in the cities. By 2025, it is estimated that 60 to 85 per cent of the world’s population will be considered as city dwellers.

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Dozens of air-conditioner compressors lining a wall in Mumbai, India. Less than 10 per cent of homes in India have units, but air-conditioning makes up 40 to 60 per cent of the country’s electricity demand in major cities like New Delhi. NYT PIC

THERE’S no single solution for climate change, but there is one that would be more effective than others — fixing air-conditioning.

Read more: Fixing a major piece of the climate puzzle

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The climate change issue has preoccupied the thoughts of many for decades now. Not only are climate scientists consumed by the countless debates that have been held over the years. Instead, business leaders and politicians have also entered the fray lately.

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Climate change is causing water managers to think long term about their resources. Several western agencies are planning a century in advance, but that’s not without its headaches.

Water flows through one of the irrigation canals in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, March 31, 2017. A few water agencies across the West, including the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, have begun writing 100-year water plans.AP/Susan Montoya Bryan

IN FEBRUARY OF this year, the largest water district in a state with little water enacted a plan that attempts to manage that increasingly fickle resource for 100 years.

Read more: Why Some Western Water Agencies Are Writing 100-Year Water Plans

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Laos and Thailand have reached an agreement to enhance technical cooperation in natural resources and the environment, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday.

Read more: Laos, Thailand to enhance technical cooperation in environment

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Unless immediate action is taken, climate change is almost certainly going to reverse Asia’s impressive development gains made over the last few decades. 

Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Read more: Unabated Climate Change Would Reverse Asia’s Prosperity

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  • Under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget, Cambodia could experience a 70 percent cut in aid from the United States.
  • For Cambodia, this would mean a combined cut of $11.7 million from the budgets of the U.S. State Department and USAID, with the latter involved in a host of projects meant to help sustain and protect the Cambodian environment and help curb and adapt to climate change.
  • Trump’s isolationism and “America First” policies could create a political vacuum in Southeast Asia, with China stepping in to replace the U.S., with major repercussions. China has historically been less transparent and less concerned about environmental impacts in nations where its government and corporations are at work.
  • Trump’s authoritarian and anti-environmental policies are possibly being interpreted as a green light by autocratic leaders in the developing world. Cambodia, for example, has lately stepped up dissident arrests and sought transnational corporate partnerships to build large infrastructure projects — such projects often see high levels of corruption and do major environmental harm.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rally in Washington, D.C. against the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump’s drastic cuts to USAID in Cambodia and other countries, if approved by Congress, would end projects aimed at increasing carbon sequestration and decreasing deforestation, contributing to a rise in global carbon emissions. Photo by Stephen D. Melkisethian via Visualhunt

Read more: Trump’s policies could put Cambodia’s environment on chopping block

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Khorsheeda Khatun had been left with nothing -- then that too was washed away.

The 28-year-old fled her home country of Myanmar in January with her two daughters, escaping the latest outbreak of violence, and was living in the Kutupalang Makeshift Settlement in Bangladesh when cyclone Mora arrived five months later and displaced up to 500,000 people.
"My house was shattered. It broke the wooden planks supporting my hut and blew away the polythene rooftop. The wind and water destroyed whatever little possessions we had," she told UNICEF workers in June.
 
Khorsheeda's hut was severely damaged during Cyclone Mora in June 2017.
 

Read more: Asia under water: How 137 million people's lives are being put at risk

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The Climate Change Commission is set to train faculties of state universities and colleges (SUCs) and national government agencies to mentor local chief executives and development planners as they prepare and update their Local Climate Change Action Plans or LCCAPs. As required by Republic Act No. 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009, the LCCAPs will help LGUs to effectively prepare and respond to the adverse effects of climate change in their communities.

Read more: Climate Change Commission to Train Trainers on Local Climate Action Planning

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