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Published on 13 May 2015 Vietnam
In its Political Platform on developing the country in the transitional period toward socialism, revised in 2011, the Communist Party of Vietnam pledged to seriously research and forecast the impacts of climate change and implement solutions to limit these risks. Resultantly, the National Assembly and Government have developed and issued many policies and laws, gradually creating a legal framework and policy environment. Laws and…
Published on 13 May 2015 Indonesia
CDKN’s chief executive Sam Bickersteth, however, thinks deforestation efforts in Indonesia have garnered a lot of attention already. His organization therefore is mostly focusing on other areas that have largely been untapped — including renewable energy and climate finance. Bickersteth sat with the Jakarta Globe last week during a brief visit to Jakarta to talk about these issues, including the upcoming United Nations’ climate…
Published on 11 May 2015 Myanmar
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 May 2015 Cambodia
The grant, financed by the Strategic Climate Fund of the Climate Investment Funds, was signed during a ceremony in Phnom Penh by ADB Country Director Eric Sidgwick and Cambodian Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth. It covers additional financing for the $19 million Greater Mekong Subregion Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project in Cambodia, ongoing since 2011. “Communities living in forests are among the most…
Published on 5 May 2015 Timor-Leste
By reducing surface waves with their raised roots and storing floodwaters in their wetlands and marshes, mangroves protect coastal Timorese communities against rising sea levels as well as storm surges, he explained. Mangroves also provide food, shelter, and livelihoods for the people living in these communities. In recent years, however, mangrove forests across Timor-Leste have dramatically declined. According to government statistics, the coverage of…
Published on 5 May 2015 Singapore
“This partnership will lead to highly innovative energy efficiency solutions that will help overcome specific environmental challenges faced in tropical megacities like Singapore,” Lam said in the release, noting that NTU has historically “played an important role in (Singapore’s) clean energy landscape.” Some of these specific challenges include dealing with high levels of heat and humidity in Singapore and other cities near the equator…
Published on 5 May 2015 Lao PDR
The workshop was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The workshop comprised three components, consistent with Laos' priorities on climate change adaptation, such as the National Adaptation Programme of Action (2009) and the National Early Warning Strategy (2011) among others. One of the project's components aims at rehabilitating agro-meteorological facilities, such as weather stations in the major agricultural…
Published on 5 May 2015 Global
Arabica, which has long been prized for its delicate and aromatic flavor, accounts for 70% of the global coffee market share. But it is particularly sensitive to temperature increases, which reduce its growth, flowering and fruiting and make it more susceptible to coffee pests. With global temperatures forecast to increase by 2C-2.5C over the next few decades, a report predicts that some of the…
Published on 5 May 2015 Global
With a 2-degree temperature hike, small islands in the Pacific may become uninhabitable, weather-related disasters will become more frequent, workers in many parts of the world will face sweltering conditions and large numbers of people will be displaced, particularly in coastal cities, the experts warned. The 2-degree goal is "inadequate, posing serious threats for fundamental human rights, labor and migration and displacement" the experts…
Published on 5 May 2015 Philippines
Likewise, it was also reported that the Philippines was the worst affected country in 2013 — the very year Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the country. Extreme weather brought about 6.65 deaths per 100,000 inhabits and about 3.82% in losses per unit GDP. Later this year, the United Nations will conduct the Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, aiming to achieve an international agreement among…
Published on 5 May 2015 Philippines
The financial requirement would be heavy on poor nations with coastal communities vulnerable to the expected rise in sea level anywhere from 52 centimeters to 98 centimeters by 2100. This rise in sea level would threaten billions of people, she added, “and increasing temperatures and shifting weather patterns threaten major economic sectors, such as agriculture, tourism and energy supply.” Problems associated with the dire…
Published on 29 April 2015 Singapore
One key area where we need examples of green, sustainable living is in cities. We are living in an age when the world is adding 1.4 million people a week to urban areas, where half its population already lives. This rapid global urbanization, especially in developing nations, threatens to poison the air people breathe and the water they drink. Singapore has something to teach us…
Published on 29 April 2015 Philippines
It was given a day before the global celebration of Earth Day, delivered to an audience of government officials, civil society groups, and students in Quezon City. Paje emphasized the growing impact of climate change to the Philippine environment and communities, citing the example of recent strong typhoons. "Climate change is now a part of our lives. It is real, it is happening, and…
Published on 29 April 2015 Malaysia
Coordinator of Alternative Asean Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma) Debbie Stothard said the fourth pillar would serve as a critically needed dynamic platform to enable leaders to address the greater climate change issues adequately. "Climate change and its impacts to Asean countries have changed tremendously and can no longer be viewed as environmental damage only. It is now affecting the daily lives of people in…
Published on 29 April 2015 Philippines
In a blog post, Saño wrote, “Today, I wish to announce that I am stepping down as a Commissioner of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission. I will be working with different faith groups across the world, as part of the larger global climate movement.” Saño expressed gratitude to the Philippine government and the Filipino people for the opportunity and honor of serving his country…
Published on 22 April 2015 Malaysia
The pledges, #Use Your Power To Change Climate Change, are personal commitments made by over 100 individuals to change climate change through everyday actions. They wrote their pledges when they visited WWF-Malaysia’s booth during a one-day event held by Kuching City North Hall (DBKU) to mark Earth Hour. The climax of the event, the switching off of essential lights in the city, was performed…
Published on 22 April 2015 Vietnam
“What’s going on?” a resident asked in a question sent to the environment minister during a televised Q&A program early this month. “It’s climate change,” Minister Nguyen Minh Quang told national broadcaster Vietnam Television. He said the impacts are becoming more extreme in Vietnam, one of the five most affected countries in the world, and the cost of that extremity will rise to 9…
Published on 22 April 2015 Singapore
The models projected findings based on two scenarios: one assumes action is taken to control emissions and the other is based on a business-as-usual scenario where fossil fuels continue to be used with no mitigation efforts. The study projected that between 2070 and 2099, average daily temperatures across Singapore will increase by 1.4 to 2.7°C under the lower emissions scenario to between 28.8 and…
Published on 13 April 2015 Indonesia
The Indonesian National Carbon Accounting System (INCAS) will serve as the basis for the country’s measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) system for the land sector. MRV is required under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya formally endorsed INCAS, at a recent public seminar in Jakarta. “We all realize that deforestation, degradation, and forest…
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