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Published on 26 July 2018 Malaysia
This is the third year it is being celebrated after it was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) at its 38th General Conference in Paris on Nov 6, 2015. Mangroves are established mainly on sheltered tropical and subtropical coastlines. Although mangroves cover one percent of the earth’s land mass, they play important roles and contribute significantly to global sustainability. Maintaining…
Published on 26 July 2018 Malaysia
Malaysian Green Technology Corp (GreenTech Malaysia) is currently spearheading a working paper on a potential electric-based second national car project. GreenTech Malaysia CEO Dr Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin (picture) said the national car proposal is being worked on by a high-level committee within the Ministry of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment (METSCE). “The committee is working on a proposal to be presented at…
Published on 26 July 2018 Global
A recent study of global vegetable and legume production concluded that if greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory, yields could fall by 35 percent by 2100 due to water scarcity and increased salinity and ozone. Another new study found that U.S. production of corn (a.k.a. maize), much of which is used to feed livestock and make biofuel, could be cut in half by…
Published on 25 July 2018 Lao PDR
A multibillion-dollar dam, meant to boost Laos’s economy, collapsed and led to the deaths of dozens, with many still missing. Our correspondent traveled to Laos to speak with families who are trying to salvage what’s left.(Image by Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times) Ms. Chantamart, 35, and many of her neighbors escaped the deadly flood. But others were not so lucky when an auxiliary…
Published on 24 July 2018 Vietnam
An air quality monitor shows pollution figures on a street in Hanoi, Vietnam May 18, 2018. Picture taken May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Kham “I usually joke with my friends, the more polluted the air is, the more prosperous I get,” said Cao Xuan Trung, a Hanoi dealer in air purifiers, who expects monthly revenue to double by 2020, from 3 billion dong ($131,199) now, a value…
Published on 24 July 2018 Malaysia
Our experience with the tsunami in 2004 and the frequent landslides, hill slope collapses, and sinkholes compel us to take measures. Although we do not have earthquakes and typhoons, as faced by neighboring countries, we have our fair share of natural disasters. As such, it is to our interest to enhance our efforts to minimize the risk of disasters. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr…
Published on 16 July 2018 Indonesia
The workshop used Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and the Talanoa dialogue as tools to gather reliable information from national and local government representatives. Climate planning and implementation can also benefit from the capacity building of local and national staff. It is important to ensure that they are knowledgeable about climate issues and the role that their organization or office plays in addressing these issues…
Published on 12 July 2018 Indonesia
Tree Plantings Key Coffee wants to add new strains to the existing five varieties of Arabica trees on the farm so the quality and quantity will be maintained even under abnormal weather, he said. For production of good-quality Arabica, temperatures need to stay between 18 degrees and 21 degrees Celsius throughout the year, with annual rainfall of about 2,000 millimeters and a wide gap between…
Published on 11 July 2018 Thailand
By now, it’s well known that their predicament was caused by rising floodwaters in the cave. What is less known is that the pattern of precipitation that ensnared them is in keeping with broader changes to the region’s seasonal monsoon that researchers have attributed to climate change. “Over the South Asian landmass, we’ve seen that extreme rainfall events have become more frequent,” said Amit Tandon…
Published on 11 July 2018 Cambodia
A young Cambodian scavenger heads home after collecting valuable articles for his livelihood from Phnom Penh’s garbage heap. (Photo: AFP/Khem Sovannara) Worried about Cambodia’s waste problem, the young entrepreneurs spent years researching how they could turn “plastic hell” into a green product. Their endeavor has led to the creation of PAC – Plastic Asphalt Concrete – a combination of plastic scraps and bitumen, which is…
Published on 10 July 2018 Thailand
“It is the start of the monsoon season in Thailand,” she said. “I’ve been looking at the weather forecast there for Chiang-Rai, for the region, every day for the past week. Every day it has consistently shown the risk of thundershowers; now they haven’t, fortunately, materialized.” Commenting on several other extreme weather events around the world, Ms. Nullis noted that in Japan, flash floods across…
Published on 10 July 2018 Global
This year is shaping up to be a critical one for ocean action. The 53 member countries of the Commonwealth adopted the Commonwealth Blue Charter on Ocean Action earlier this year, a plan to protect coral reefs, restore mangroves and remove plastic pollution, among other actions. Ocean conservation was a centrepiece of the G7 meeting resulting in the “Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and…
Published on 9 July 2018 Thailand
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Published on 5 July 2018 Global
Dealing with Environmental Policy, Economics and Law, Climatology and Climate Change, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the volume has been published by Cambridge University Press. Edited by Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Columbia University, New York; William D. Solecki, Hunter College, City University of New York; Patricia Romero-Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado; Shagun Mehrotra, New School University, New York; Shobhakar…
Published on 4 July 2018 Southeast Asia
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has just approved a grant of $15 million for the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) project, led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The project aims to promote sustainable fishing, reduce marine pollution and improve the lives of approximately 400 million people who live along its coasts. This second phase of the project in the world’s…
Published on 4 July 2018 Vietnam
The land his family lives on was handed over from his parents. Their house, or what passes for a house, is a cluster of bamboo beams shooting up from the ground and covered with a “roof” of plastic sheets, that shields the family from the elements. Every day, his wife does all the work: from babysitting to feeding the cattle to tending the house, while…
Published on 4 July 2018 Global
Poor countries could have to pay up to $168 billion more in interest over the next decade as extreme weather events brought on by climate change affect their credit ratings, a study said on Monday. Nations that rely heavily on agriculture are likely to suffer as global temperatures rise, bringing more storms, floods, and droughts that can destroy crops and curb production, according to research…
Published on 4 July 2018 Singapore
As global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, ASEAN nations, including Singapore, are bearing the brunt of intensifying climate impacts such as rising sea levels as well as more intense extreme weather events. The reaction to this climate challenge, at the government, community, and business levels, has been to ramp up the search for sustainable solutions that help reduce waste and emissions, improve resource efficiency…
Published on 4 July 2018 Philippines
Legarda, principal author and co-sponsor of the measure, said that the law would strengthen climate adaptation mechanisms and the conservation of Philippine biodiversity. The lady senator Senator has pushed for the passage of the ENIPAS since 2013 to actively address the areas that remain under-protected. “Although we already have the NIPAS Act of 1992, many important ecosystems remained under protected, including open seas, coastal areas…
Published on 3 July 2018 Myanmar
More than 1,000 local residents were affected and dozens of homes were inundated with mud as floodwaters in the area washed the waste soil into residential areas on Monday. According to local residents, the nearby Uru River commonly floods in the monsoon season. However, the muddy floodwaters that have inundated the area since 2006 have been even more damaging than regular floods, they say. “Jade…
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