Welcome to SEARCA Knowledge Center on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (KC3)

Southeast Asia

Published on 7 August 2017
Energy demand is set to double this century, with the world’s population reaching 11 billion, up from 7.5 billion today. As the world changes, so will the energy system that powers it, driven by the need to reduce carbon emissions and — crucially for Asia — tackle air pollution that blights so many lives. Coal is a big contributor to that air pollution. This can…
Published on 6 August 2017
In fact, climate change is very much on our minds, according to the results of a survey released in February. When interviewed by opinion research firm Merdeka Centre, 81% of the 1,208 Malaysian respondents expressed concern about climate change, while 70% believe that it was mostly caused by human activities. Half the people surveyed think there should be more government action to deal with climate…
Published on 27 July 2017
A CDKN report titled, ‘10 propositions for success: Integrating international climate change commitments into national development planning,’ outlines ways to support the successful integration of NDCs into national development planning. The CDKN report recommends that NDCs be consistent with national development policies, and have broad national support and political backing. The paper offers a set of ten propositions, recommending that, inter alia, NDCs…
Published on 25 July 2017
Under a business-as-usual scenario, a 6 degree Celsius temperature increase is projected over the Asian landmass by the end of the century. Some countries in the region could experience significantly hotter climates, with temperature increases in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the northwest part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) projected to reach 8 degree Celsius, according to the report, titled A Region at Risk…
Published on 21 July 2017
The report finds that should the forecast 6C (about 11F) rise in temperature by 2100 occur under a ‘business-as-usual’ approach, countries in the Asia-Pacific region will experience dramatic changes to their agriculture and fisheries sectors, land and marine biodiversity, domestic and regional security, trade, urban development, migration, and health. In a worse case scenario the report warns that drastic changes in the region’s weather system…
Published on 14 July 2017
A report outlines the dramatic changes Asia-Pacific nations would face if climate change continues unchecked. Here are potential effects in the report. POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE ASIA-PACIFIC All coral reef systems in Asia-Pacific, such as the Great Barrier Reef, would collapse due to mass coral bleaching with a 4C rise. This could lead to losses of almost $US58 billion in reef-related fisheries…
Published on 14 July 2017
Climate change could push 122M into extreme poverty: UN 'Philippines a poster child for climate change impact' A continued reliance on fossil fuels will see the world's most populous region face prolonged heat waves, rising sea levels, and changing rainfall patterns that will disrupt the ecosystem, damage livelihoods and possibly even cause wars, it said. "Unabated climate change threatens to undo many of the development…
Published on 7 July 2017
The first-ever analysis of long-term orangutan population trends revealed a worrying decline, they said. An international team of researchers used a combination of helicopter and ground surveys, interviews with local communities, and modelling techniques to draw a picture of change over the past ten years. Previous counts have largely relied on estimations based on ground and aerial surveys of orangutan nests. Some suggested that Bornean…
Published on 1 July 2017
But new data on the world’s biggest developers of coal-fired power plants paints a very different picture: China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade. These Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn…
Published on 22 June 2017
Sudden and Unexpected For years, China’s seemingly insatiable demand for coal kept prices high. China, along with India, was a rapidly growing country with huge demand for energy, and coal was the cheapest, time-tested way to provide electricity. It was, after all, coal that fueled the industrialization of Europe and North America; coal was reliable, and, at the time, cheap and plentiful. China, Indonesia, Australia…
Published on 22 June 2017
A report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month confirms this observation by concluding that marine reserves are capable of mitigating and promoting climate change adaptation. At the same time, however, they stand extremely vulnerable to climate-induced sea warming. While most countries already put some marine protection measures in place, the management of shared marine environment, especially in contested areas…
Published on 22 June 2017
The researchers used statistical techniques to quantify the contributions from El Niño and from long-term warming. Their analysis looked at the 15 hottest April temperatures over the past 80 years. All of them occurred after 1980, and all of them but one coincided with El Niño. They found that while the impact of El Niño fluctuated over the years, the impact of global warming has…
Published on 21 June 2017
There are key national and subnational developments and let me name a few: In the Philippines, the Forest Management Bureau together with stakeholders is working towards the establishment of a National Working Group on Social Forestry and Climate Change and has initiated coordination with the Climate Change Commission for linking social forestry and NationalDetermined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. It has also opened the…
Published on 21 June 2017
The net result is that these former carbon sinks, which have taken greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, are now net carbon sources, instead accelerating the planet’s warming. The findings are described this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in a paper by MIT Professor Charles Harvey, research scientist Alexander Cobb, and seven others at MIT and other institutions. “There…
Published on 10 June 2017
Lione Clare has created a climate change presentation entitled, Vulnerable Vietnam: A Photo Story Focused on Climate Change in the Mekong Delta. She gave the show at the Sitka Public Library on June 1, the same day President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Accord. Clare studies Resource Conservation, Climate Change Studies, and Media Arts at the University of Montana. For the last…
Published on 9 January 2017
The Paris Agreement is a global deal aimed at limiting the negative impact of climate change. The implications for Southeast Asia’s forests were explained to senior officials of member states at an Experts Dialogue on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in ASEAN held in Bali, Indonesia, 30 November 2016 by Grace Wong of the Center for International Forestry Research. The Dialogue was supported by Gesellschaft…
Published on 15 November 2016
The concept has been introduced with a more sophisticated political approach, through a new initiative called the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. In a new twist, the Global Alliance provides for new ways of green washing “climate-smart” industrial agriculture, with the active involvement of private corporations such as Syngenta, Yara, Kellogg’s and McDonald’s. The scheme may let agriculture remain a parking lot for poor farmers…
Published on 14 September 2016
“It’s critical that the donor community pursues and increases its support for the needs of the Pacific,” he said. SPC has a large portfolio of climate change and disaster risk management projects in the Pacific region and collaborates closely with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). While in Hawai’i, Dr Tukuitonga will also have the…
Published on 13 September 2016
Overall, landfalling Asian typhoon intensity has increased by about 12 percent in nearly four decades. But the change is most noticeable for storms with winds of 209 kilometers per hour or more (130 mph), those in categories 4 and 5. Since 1977, they've gone from a once-a-year occurrence to four times a year, according to a study Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience. These…
Published on 13 September 2016
The new edition of the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO 2016) released today at World Water Week in Stockholm provides a snapshot of the water security status of 48 of the region’s countries, using latest data sets. According to these, the number of countries assessed as water insecure has dropped to 29, compared to 38 (out of 49 countries) identified in the previous issue of…
Page 1 of 5