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Published on 23 July 2014 Indonesia
President Yudhoyono made the announcement during a keynote address at the Pacific islands Development Forum (PIDF), which took place in Fiji. He said the money was important as it would help to face the challenge that climate change is creating across the globe. During the speech, he said it is a priority to help the maritime and fishery sectors in the Pacific and to join…
Published on 23 July 2014 Feature
Even as flood risks in the region increase, warm day temperatures will increase by an average of 4.3°C and the number of days in drought will increase by 5 per cent. But if the world takes rapid and significant action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions such that they peak in 2040 and then decline, these numbers could be reduced. The number of people in…
Published on 23 July 2014 Indonesia
A report, recently published in the Nature Climate Change magazine, revealed that the Indonesian archipelago lost almost twice the forest area (840,000 hectares) than Brazil (460,000 hectares) by 2012. Researcher Belinda Arunarwati Margono, one of the authors of the study, told Efe news agency that the biggest concern was the alarming rate of tree removal in primary forests, the untouched areas where many animals on…
Published on 23 July 2014 Indonesia
The Proklim program is aimed at supporting the government to comply with greenhouse effect reduction target, initially set at 0. 767 Giga tons of Carbon Dioxide. It is a program to recognize active participation of local communities in implementing actions of integrated climate change mitigation and adaptation, which contributes to the achievement of national greenhouse gas reduction target and increases the community resilience to the…
Published on 23 July 2014 Southeast Asia
Optimists think - and the rest of us hope - that with growing affluence, awareness and education, society's concern for the environment will grow. Governments, responding to public and media pressure and with a reduced need to pursue development "at all costs", will incorporate stronger, more robust environmental controls and regulation, and so such environmental costs will wane. The idea is reassuring. Just keep on…
Published on 23 July 2014 Philippines
While the island state struggles to repair the damage wreaked by typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people, preparations have long been under way for the next season. The Philippine meteorological agency, Pagasa, recently announced the beginning of this year's rainy season and warned that 18 typhoons could hit the country by the end of December. For the country's Climate Change Commission, discussions on…
Published on 23 July 2014 Myanmar
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the program was signed by the Myanmar Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, UN-Habitat and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Friday, said the New Light of Myanmar. At the signing ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw, U Win Tun, the minister for environmental conservation and forestry, stressed that the issue of climate change is the biggest challenge and…
Published on 23 July 2014 Philippines
According to Yumul, the Philippine economy remains stagnant due to various disasters that hit the country. “When government funds are supposed to maximize development of our emerging sectors, we keep on donating to those devastated, repairing the cities or barangays, etc.,” he said. Yumul stressed that helping those in need is not wrong, but it will hinder the country’s growth especially in the imminent ASEAN…
Published on 23 July 2014 Singapore
The efforts will be coordinated by the Resilience Working Group (RWG), the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) told FutureGov. The RWG is an inter-agency led by the MERW and the Ministry of National Development. It is responsible for assessing Singapore’s physical vulnerabilities to climate change. Speaking at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Regional Outreach Event this week, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for…
Published on 23 July 2014 Feature
You don’t have to be a climate change expert to know that temperature increases, precipitation changes, and extreme weather events are a real and growing threat. The farmers we work with in Africa, Asia and the Americas are experiencing it now: longer and more intense rains in Tanzania, increased flooding in Cambodia and higher temperatures in Central America, contributing to the devastating outbreak of coffee…
Published on 15 July 2014 Philippines
The initial findings of the report were presented on Wednesday, July 9, as part of an outreach event of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is a Nobel Prize-winning group of hundreds of scientists from all over the world collating and assessing findings on climate change. The IPCC’s most recent report, the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), concluded that global warming is unequivocal…
Published on 15 July 2014 Southeast Asia
“In the Philippines hazards are normal,” Liza Bernardo Zurbito of Children International said. But she stressed, “They only become disasters when we are not prepared.” The wealth of experiences on the ground in these two countries was captured during the Conference on Community Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building from July 2-4 in Silang, Cavite. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and Give2Asia hosted…
Published on 15 July 2014 Singapore
Officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of National Development shared on Monday that all ministries and statutory boards will participate in this study, which will examine how rising sea levels, higher temperatures and more intense rainfall and flooding could affect the city state’s physical infrastructure. The initial findings are expected to be released by 2016, and will feed…
Published on 15 July 2014 Vietnam
“I asked my sons to place four sandbags on the corrugated tin roof and anchor the interior pillars to concrete poles fixed in the ground with zinc wire,” says the 67-year-old resident of Long Binh Commune, Go Cong Tay District, Tien Giang Province. “When last year’s ninth storm (Typhoon Usagi) blew the roofs off neighboring houses and uprooted surrounding trees, I was really scared,”…
Published on 15 July 2014 Singapore
The Resilience Framework, announced in 2012, provides a holistic guide to inter-government agencies on how to assess Singapore’s physical vulnerabilities to climate change. By 2016, these agencies are expected to release long-term plans to safeguard Singapore against projected climate change effects. It was revealed on Monday that the framework incorporates risk assessment and adaptation planning. For example, under the framework, roads are assessed for vulnerabilities…
Published on 15 July 2014 Philippines
Filipino scientists joined over 500 other researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, representatives of non-government organizations, and stakeholders from 39 other counties at the event in order to find answers to the coral reef crisis in the Asia Pacific region. Danger from climate change Research presented at the conference revealed new insights into how humans and human-driven climate change are affecting coral reefs, such as…
Published on 15 July 2014 Indonesia
Researchers at the University of Maryland said the country lost 15 million acres of forest — a common source of lumber for developers — between 2000 and 2012. The study also found that the country’s recent rate of forest loss is twice as devastating as the government claimed. According to the conservation news journal Monga Bay, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the country’s 2011…
Published on 15 July 2014 Thailand
Most rivers, canals and reservoirs have remained unchanged for decades, merely undergoing periodic dredging under a vast range of agencies - from the Royal Irrigation Department, Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry to local administrative bodies. But in the light of drastic changes in our climate which have resulted in both longer droughts and excessive rainfall, we need fresh investment for water management and improvement works…
Published on 15 July 2014 Southeast Asia
The three-year study by scientists worldwide also found that the tropics is getting hotter and larger. Covering some 130 countries and territories around the Equator and situated between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south — the tropics is expanding as climate change heats up the earth, turning more and more countries into a hot zone. It…
Published on 15 July 2014 Global
The researchers examined 15 years of migration data for more than 7,000 families in Indonesia and found that increases in temperature and, to a lesser extent, rainfall influenced a family's decision to permanently migrate to another of the country's provinces. They report in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that increases in average yearly temperature took a detrimental toll on people's…
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