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Published on 14 July 2015
The people who live there will not sit passively by while they and their children starve to death. Tens or hundreds of millions of people will try very hard to go somewhere they can survive. They will be hungry, thirsty, hot – and desperate. If the search for safety involves piling into perilous boats and enduring miserable and dangerous journeys, they will do it…
Published on 10 July 2015
"We find a clear overall upward trend for these unprecedented hazards," lead author Jascha Lehmann of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said in a statement. Overall, there were 12 percent more downpours which broke local records from 1981 to 2010 than would be expected in an unchanged climate, according to an analysis of rainfall statistics from thousands of weather stations since 1900…
Published on 28 May 2015
Southeast Asia is home to poor small-scale farmers like her who, despite hardship, prop up the region's agriculture sector. Agriculture contributes significantly to the gross domestic product and provides employment to the labor force of several countries in the region. However, Oxfam's new report, Harmless Harvest, argues that climate change is undermining the viability of agriculture in the region and putting many small-scale farmers'…
Published on 28 May 2015
"By scaling up sustainable agriculture practices across the region, ASEAN can help feed its peoples and prop up the livelihoods of small-scale food producers – and help curb greenhouse gas emissions," Oxfam said in a policy paper. In 2010, agriculture accounted for about a third of the GDP in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, and employed more than 60 percent of the labor force in…
Published on 10 April 2015
Planning under uncertainty The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Future Scenarios Team joined forces with UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) for a second time to help governments and their partners in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos plan under uncertainty. Key policy makers and stakeholders from different sectors met to critically evaluate and strengthen national agricultural, environmental and climate…
Published on 7 April 2015
These islands are especially vulnerable because of their large populations and because much of their land is exposed to storm surges and sea-level rises, according to research published by risk analysis group Verisk Maplecroft. Eight of the 10 cities most at risk from such events are in the Philippines, according to a study by the same firm last month, which said the country had…
Published on 31 March 2015
Millions are expected to take part around the world in the annual event organized by conservation group WWF, with hundreds of well-known sights including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Seattle Space Needle set to plunge into darkness. “It’s almost like the thing vanished,” said Tony Jennings from Earth Hour after standing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the lights went off at…
Published on 19 March 2015
In a statement made at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction meeting in Sendai, Japan at the weekend, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin explained the importance of meeting the threat posed by disaster risks head-on. The ASEAN region is ready to respond to the challenges posed by natural disasters and extreme weather events, the statement explained…
Published on 9 March 2015
Electricity generation is forecast to nearly triple in the region between 2011 and 2035, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says, with fossil fuels like coal providing most of the energy. With a population of 600 million, nearly twice that of the United States, and about 130 million people without electricity, Southeast Asia faces an immense challenge to meet energy demands in a cost-efficient and sustainable…
Published on 26 November 2014
Biodiversity, she noted, is usually discussed in the context of pristine spaces. If you cannot stop people from moving to cities, then cities should be made richer in biodiversity to enhance the quality of life in urban settings, said Dr Chan, who delivered a lecture to more than 150 youths at the Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme — National University of Singapore (STEP-NUS) Sunburst Environment Programme…
Published on 26 November 2014
Citing the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ASEAN for a Fair, Ambitious and Binding Global Climate Deal (A-FAB) coalition said typhoons and other extreme weather events would become more intense and frequent unless governments took immediate steps to move toward a low-carbon economy. Volunteers from Tacloban in the Phillipines sent a message to ASEAN featuring a photo in which…
Published on 5 November 2014
An international consultation on this issue ended with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders emphasizing the need for international and local policies, and joint action to help people displaced by disasters (PDD) in Southeast Asia, one of the regions most vulnerable to disasters. Led by the Nansen Initiative (NI) from October 15 to 17, the consultation aimed to identify the challenges and opportunities that…
Published on 5 November 2014
ASEAN will become a major economic bloc. It is now home to 620 million people, has a nominal Gross Domestic Product or total economic output of $2.32 trillion (3.3 percent of the world’s total GDP), total exports of $1.2 trillion (almost 7 percent of the global total), and total GDP in purchasing power parity (ppp) of $3.6 trillion. In terms of population or…
Published on 5 November 2014
At the summit, a group of 348 investors with assets totalling more than US$24 trillion also made a pledge to increase investments in renewable energy as a part of the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change, which also called on governments to reach a global climate change agreement by the end of 2015. This statement on how investors could contribute to low carbon and climate…
Published on 15 October 2014
The five-year U.S.-led project brings together the Lower Mekong nations of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, as the region faces growing challenges from the impact of climate change, in particular increasingly severe weather patterns. Environmentalists say these challenges include issues over water use, deforestation, floods and disaster mitigation. The United Nations' Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, says costs are rising from natural disasters…
Published on 15 October 2014
These numbers were presented by Charlotte Benson, the senior disaster risk management specialist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on September 30, while addressing journalists from ADB member countries. “During the last five years, the numbers have been particularly alarming. The losses caused by disasters are increasing faster than the region is growing economically,” he said. Listing the main factors that cause disasters, Benson said…
Published on 9 October 2014
A regional coalition of non-government organisations has called on government leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to speak as ‘one voice’ and prioritise financing as a response to the increasing impact of climate change in the region, including on food security. Asean For a Fair, Ambitious and Binding Global Climate Deal (A-FAB) released a policy brief titled Weathering Extremes: The need…
Published on 9 October 2014
Asean today is facing its biggest challenge due to climate change and demands for a much stronger response than what the regional bloc is currently offering. Southeast Asia faced its worst weather calamities in the last decade, costing the region tens of thousands of lives and more than US$4 billion (RM12.8 billion) annually, an NGO group revealed today. The coalition Asean For a Fair, Ambitious…
Published on 9 October 2014
At a press conference in Quezon City a day ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, the Asean for a Fair, Ambitious, Binding Global Climate Deal (A-FAB) Coalition asked Southeast Asian leaders to “speak as one voice for the region.” A-FAB, composed of Oxfam-East Asia, the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA), and Greenpeace Southeast Asia, launched Monday its policy brief…
Published on 26 August 2014
In the province of Eastern Samar, the coconut groves that local workers depend on for wages and daily labor were flattened, eliminating one of the main sources of income for workers in the area. In the blink of an eye, the already fragile economy of a poor rural area was devastated. The coconut groves were part of a monoculture approach to agriculture that is common…
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