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Published on 8 October 2019 by Chloé Farand and Natalie Sauer Global
Dozens of promises were made by governments, civil society, and business. Accountability is the next step Too often countries and companies make climate commitments that grab the media and political spotlight, only for governments or priorities to silently change. Last week, UN chief António Guterres gathered the world’s political, business and civil society leaders in New York in an effort to jump-start action on climate…
Published on 8 October 2019 by Wynken Gelito Philippines
Responding to the leaders' lack of action on the climate crisis, voices of the youth are slowly amplified through the global climate strike MANILA, Philippines – You could hear a pin drop at the plaza in front of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). When I arrived, there was nothing but silence. Then, they came. First, a single voice through the megaphone; then, it echoed…
Published on 8 October 2019 by Brian Resnick and Danielle Scruggs Global
These images of youth climate activists on strike around the world are simply inspiring. This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Friday may be remembered as the largest global demonstration ever in the fight against climate change. Inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, young people around the world have…
Published on 8 October 2019 Global
Young people recount how they protested, in the face of poverty, conflict and toxic air pollution, for action on climate change. Last month, young people around the world poured onto the streets in frustration at politicians dragging their feet on climate change. Protests took place in every continent, and organizers estimated that four million turned out in thousands of cities and towns worldwide. This is…
Published on 8 October 2019 by Leslie Nemo Global
Rafts of garbage, assembled by currents that swirl trash together, clog our oceans. But how did that material wind up adrift in the first place? A new study takes a look at the refuse that washes up on a remote island in the South Atlantic and arrives at a perhaps-unexpected answer: The trash is being dumped from ships. The findings, published Monday in the Proceedings of the…
Published on 8 October 2019 by Ellen Gray Global
Hot and dry. These are the watchwords for large fires. While every fire needs a spark to ignite and fuel to burn, the hot and dry conditions in the atmosphere determine the likelihood of a fire starting, its intensity and the speed at which it spreads. Over the past several decades, as the world has increasingly warmed, so has its potential to burn. Since 1880,…
Published on 20 September 2019 by Alex Casey Feature
Covering Climate Now: Alex Casey watches 2040, a climate change documentary determined to let the light in.  I’ve seen enough documentaries about climate change to know what I don’t want to see anymore. I don’t want Leonardo DiCaprio stroking his goatee on a sheet of ice and saying “folks: it’s bad”. I don’t want Al Gore, pacing back and forth on stage in 2006 and again in…
Published on 20 September 2019 by GGGI Cambodia
Environment always becomes my first concern. Plastic wastes and deforestations are the major issues that I have involved with. The story behind the business concept occurred when I was running a small construction project to build a room in the apartment which I needed to buy plywood to build that room. At that time, I realized that the plywood is totally made from woodchips. I…
Published on 20 September 2019 Vietnam
Vietnam Renewable Energy Week 2019 was launched on September 17, in Hanoi, as an activity to respond to contribute to the implementation of Government policies on renewable energy development in Vietnam. The event, running until September 20, was jointly organized by the Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance (VSEA), Vietnam Climate Action Alliance (VCCA) and the Working Group on Climate Change (CCWG). This year's event aims to…
Published on 20 September 2019 Feature
From sinking islands to drought-ridden savannas, women bear an outsize burden of the global—warming crisis, largely because of gender inequalities. In many parts of the world, women hold traditional roles as the primary caregivers in families and communities, and, as the main providers of food and fuel, are more vulnerable when flooding and drought occur; the U.N. estimates 80% of those who have been displaced…
Published on 20 September 2019 by Eireene Jairee Gomez Southeast Asia
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will establish a regional network that will explore the vast potential of bamboo for environmental sustainability and economic resiliency amid worsening climate change. Bamboo could also provide an excellent source of livelihood for organized smallholder farmers. This was the major development after the first-ever Asean Bamboo Congress held in Iloilo City earlier this month. The five-day event brought…
Published on 20 September 2019 Indonesia
With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming. The latest serious outbreak is in Indonesia, where smog-belching fires started to clear land for agriculture are burning out of control, blanketing the region in toxic smog. Why are rainforests important in fight against global…
Published on 19 September 2019 by Helen Regan Global
Explosive outbreaks of dengue fever have rapidly spread in countries across Asia, killing more than 1,000 people, infecting hundreds of thousands and straining hospitals packed with sick families. Images from Bangladesh show patients in teeming hospital wards, lying beneath mosquito nets under lurid electric strip lights. Mothers cool their children from the sticky summer heat with hand-held fans while others rest on hospital floors, holding drips, waiting…
Published on 19 September 2019 by Preeti Jha Southeast Asia
A closer look at a key component of the region’s fight against the climate crisis. Fires are once again raging through forests in Indonesia, shrouding cities as far as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in thick smog. Across the globe, the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, is also ablaze. The flames have raised fresh alarm over the loss of vital frontiers in the battle against the…
Published on 5 September 2019 Thailand
Orphaned dugong became social media star after she was rescued and hand-reared by biologists. An eight-month-old dugong that became a social media star in Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste. The female dugong - a large ocean mammal - was named "Marium", which means "lady of the sea", and was nurtured by marine experts after she was found orphaned…
Published on 5 September 2019 by Rosette Adel Philippines
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched an extensive two-month investigation on the impact of smoke from fires and pollutions have on clouds to improve the weather and climate forecasts in the Philippines. This study called Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes -  Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) is led by NASA, US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Manila Observatory in conjunction with PAGASA and the Department of Science…
Published on 5 September 2019 Cambodia
As part of the ‘Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Cambodia’ project funded by GEF-Least Developed Countries Fund, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ActionAid have partnered to increase gender equality in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and early warning systems (EWS) across Cambodia. “Climate information is very important for women because if they know what the weather is going to be like, they know which crops they should grow…
Published on 15 August 2019 by Jeffrey Y. Campbell Global
Protecting the traditional knowledge and territories of indigenous peoples means helping achieve a sustainable, hunger-free world and contributing to the fight against deforestation and climate change. For years, the importance of indigenous peoples in the fight against deforestation, land degradation, and climate change was overlooked and even denied, to the detriment of the environment and the food systems on which we all depend. Thanks to the global advocacy of indigenous peoples and…
Published on 7 August 2019 Indonesia
Indonesian leader Joko Widodo warned Tuesday that officials would be sacked if they failed to stamp out rampant forest fires that are belching out toxic smog over Malaysia and Singapore. The threat came as Indonesia faced pressure from its neighbors to douse the blazes, which are blamed for sending air quality plummeting in parts of Southeast Asia. “I’ve told the military and police chiefs to…
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