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Published on 22 February 2016
In 2014, energy use caused damage worldwide amounting to US$5.3 trillion, according to analysts’ estimates at the International Monetary Fund. Of that, $5.124 trillion was due to fossil fuels with two-thirds attributed to coal. Climate change accounted for a quarter of the costs, with the rest due to sickness, premature death and degradation of the environment. Analysts believe the damage adds up to 8-16…
Published on 21 December 2015
Consultants from Norway, Germany, the British Embassy and national energy development committee members joined a seminar on 16 December to discuss the potential and challenges in wind energy for Myanmar. "A leapfrog opportunity for the country is underway," said David Fullbrook, an energy-renewable advisory member of DNV GL, who also concluded that changes at a systematic level are also required to match the…
Published on 24 November 2015
The summit was held on November 19 at Yangon City Development Committee City Hall and was organized by Green Lotus Foundation, ALARM/ECODEV and the Yangon City Development Committee. Participants at the day-long conference discussed everything from how Yangon will feel the effects of climate change to sustainable house, to how to make eco-friendly housing financially viable. Mr. Jean-Marc Brule, Green Lotus co-founder and Paris…
Published on 28 September 2015
Peter Brimble, an Asian Development Bank specialist in Myanmar, said deforestation was a factor. “You look at the floods, and clearly the deforestation, at least in the mountains or the hills or in the deforested areas, led to some exacerbated impact of the floods," he said. "It seems pretty obvious.” The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization said Myanmar faces a crisis because an average…
Published on 31 July 2015
“The fields were flooded, and so were the houses around. My summer paddy was drowned. I was going to sell the crop to pay off my debts. Now I’ll have to get another loan for the rainy-season paddy,” he said. Sagaing Region was particularly badly hit from mid-July onward, with Wuntho Dam overflowing. As other rivers, streams, dams and dykes also burst their banks…
Published on 16 June 2015
"Myanmar is very sensitive to climate change. It has suffered the most from climate change in the Asia Pacific region. If Myanmar does not deal with the situation immediately, it will suffer more in the future," he said. "Myanmar has been facing danger in the form of cyclones, flooding, heavy rainfall, hot weather and intense heat for six decades due to its geographical location…
Published on 11 May 2015
Shorter monsoons and rising temperatures mean severe droughts have become more frequent in recent decades. This has led to higher levels of saltwater intrusion in important rice growing territories and an increase in the risk of complete crop failure. Proximity Designs is a social enterprise which was founded to provide farmers with low-cost, low-tech equipment to help them adapt and thrive in their changing…
Published on 5 November 2014
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in Nay Pyi Taw on October 30, Kathmandu-based ICIMOD said in a news release issued the next day. “The policy and strategy will help to celebrate and promote the natural and cultural assets of Myanmar’s unique protected areas, from Lampi Marine National Park in the south…
Published on 5 November 2014
The Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS)-2014, which began on Monday, is being participated by experts from 26 countries. 280 research papers of six chapters are being presented to the conference for discussions. The research papers deal with environment, natural resources, forestry, geology, agriculture, livestock breeding, minerals, gems, oil and gas, climate change and natural disaster, the sources said. Besides these, papers related to transport…
Published on 23 July 2014
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the program was signed by the Myanmar Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, UN-Habitat and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Friday, said the New Light of Myanmar. At the signing ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw, U Win Tun, the minister for environmental conservation and forestry, stressed that the issue of climate change is the biggest challenge and…
Published on 21 May 2014
Myanmar has been vulnerable to increasing extreme weather events like many of its neighbours. But as the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group of Myanmar noted in an extensive analysis last year of the nation’s disaster preparedness levels, the dangers have been amplified because the country has been slow to take remedial measures against changing climate patterns. The East Asian country’s ranking 167 out of 176…
Published on 8 May 2014
Besides, cooperation for putting Inlay Lake into world heritage list, implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), promoting cooperation with NGOs in environmental conservation tasks, development and poverty alleviation schemes were also covered by the two countries’ intention. Conservation of water resources, development of ecotourism industry and enhancement of technology expertise and human resources between Myanmar and Norway were also brought to the…
Published on 22 April 2014
“Getting food is a headache for us every day,” said 30-year-old Kyi Htay as she prepared a meal of tomato curry and rice on the floor of her one-room hut in Bagan, Mandalay Region. The central regions of Mandalay, Magway and Lower Sagaing, known as the “dry zone” and covering 13 percent of the country, have some of the lowest rainfall levels; 60 percent of…
Published on 17 March 2014
Climate change “doesn’t seem to be a priority issue for the government as yet,” Myint Zaw told Thomson Reuters Foundation. “They’re preoccupied with achieving economic progress, but if you are unable to adapt to the changing climate, regardless of however hard you try, poverty eradication is going to be very difficult. That’s for sure,” he added. Aung Myint, general secretary of the Renewable Energy Association…
Published on 28 January 2014
Dr. Lynn Thiesmeyer, vice-president of the Environmental and Economic Research Institute of Myanmar, says the sheer number of livelihoods left in tatters made a rebound difficult. “A major natural disaster on the scale of Cyclone Nargis could pose a threat to government legitimacy and reverse progress made toward democratisation.” Delta residents who lost farms to salinisation or lost a season’s crop with no money to…
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