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Published on 15 July 2014 Feature
In a list that included 116 countries, the report disclosed the nations most vulnerable to suffer from climate change were Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangladesh in the top three. Top three bottom ranked were Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Austria. Australia, meantime, is at the 31st least affected. Standard & Poor's used three sets of data to come up with its list: Percentage of a nation's population…
Published on 2 July 2014 Singapore
Read the article here: https://www.thestar.com.my/News/Regional/2014/06/30/Spore-may-get-hotter-and-wetter-Extreme-weather-today-could-become-the-norm/ Source: The Star | 30 June 2014
Published on 2 July 2014 Southeast Asia
In a press statement, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said the Philippine government presented the climate adaptation proposal to representatives of the sub-region during the environment cluster meeting late last month in Sandakan, Malaysia. The goal of the proposal, said Janet M. Lopoz, executive director of MinDA, “is to lessen the impact of climate change, with the prime goal of preventing environmental disasters within the…
Published on 2 July 2014 Feature
With the current negotiation on climate change at the UN level converging toward Paris in 2015 which expected to result in a global climate change treaty agreed by all nations, the statement made by John Kerry is a breath of fresh air since countries have been waiting for US examples and leadership in this issue. A bilateral agreement between China and the US to cooperate…
Published on 2 July 2014 Thailand
A floods working group, made up of the government, local companies, civil society and community leaders, has set up closed-circuit television cameras to monitor canals, and has made real-time information on rainfall and water levels available on a website. It has also helped local communities map the city’s water flows, produced a handbook on how to combat floods, and established an insurance fund to help…
Published on 2 July 2014 Malaysia
As the world's post-2015 development agenda takes shape, including new sustainable development goals (SDGs), the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) has been assigned a new mandate focused on several key issues of universal concern, including: Health impacts of biodiversity loss and climate change. The work will include identifying potential adaptation strategies and options to mitigate harm Physical and mental health hazards posed…
Published on 2 July 2014 Global
This makes it more important than ever to take urgent and drastic action to curb climate change by reducing carbon emissions, he argues. Lord Stern, who wrote a hugely influential review on the financial implications of climate change in 2006, says the economic models that have been used to calculate the fiscal fallout from climate change are woefully inadequate and severely underestimate the scale of…
Published on 2 July 2014 Vietnam
Participants from the Mekong Delta said that natural resources and aquatic biodiversity are declining at alarming levels due to agricultural production, news website Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon (Saigon Times) Online reported. Climate change is only making matters worse, the news site reported. Nguyen Thanh Nguyen, vice chairman of Long An Province, said that the province's annual rice yields has surged ten-fold since the late…
Published on 2 July 2014 Philippines
Guiding the World Bank Group's engagement in the Philippines from 2015 until 2018, the new CPS supports the country's development programs in five key engagement areas: Transparent and accountable governance: strengthening public financial management,improving fiscal transparency and financial accountability, and supporting greater demand from citizens for government accountability. Empowerment of the poor and vulnerable: improving health and education outcomes, strengthening social protection and ensuring…
Published on 2 July 2014 Vietnam
The project will run from 2014-2018 and implemented by the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment and German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ). It focuses on four components related to the implementation of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS) in Vietnam, which aim to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions and help transform an economy towards low-carbon growth, combining development and climate change…
Published on 23 June 2014 Southeast Asia
"This newly ratified Action Plan covers the establishment of seascapes towards the focus of the marine resource management, the development of the waters conservation zone, the sustainable fishery management building, the adaptation reinforcement of the coastal areas to the climate change, and the conservation of the endangered marine species, " said Sharif Sutradjo, Indonesia's Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and member of the CTI…
Published on 23 June 2014
"This project seeks to enhance the disaster risk management capacity of Lao PDR by strengthening the legal framework for hydro-meteorological services, enhancing post-disaster recovery planning, and providing technical assistance to strengthen Lao PDR's fiscal resilience to natural hazards," the World Bank said in a statement. Project execution is coordinated by Laos PDR's Ministry of Planning and Investment, in coordination with the Ministry of Finance, and…
Published on 23 June 2014 Thailand
Robert Mather, head of the Southeast Asia Group for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, said climate change was an immediate problem. He said that at the current rate of energy consumption, the average temperature was expected to rise in Thailand and there would be more concentrated periods of rain, which could cause floods, in the near future. The Media Alliance said news outlets…
Published on 23 June 2014 Cambodia
The index took into account the share of Cambodia’s population living in areas below five metres of altitude, the percentage that agriculture contributes to GDP and the results of a similar study conducted by Notre Dame University in 2012. Cambodia’s dependence on agriculture-related products as a driver for 35 per cent of its GDP growth in 2012, the more than 10 per cent of the…
Published on 23 June 2014 Cambodia
Under the agreement, a US$5-million project funded by the Global Environmental Facility will be carried out in rural communities in provinces of Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear and Ratanakiri. FAO representative in Cambodia Nina Brandstrup said the project would help rural communities adapt to climate variability and protect their livelihoods. Agriculture is one of the key backbones of Cambodia's economy which involves about 70…
Published on 23 June 2014 Philippines
Reyes said the climate change has allowed farmers to plant several crops, as the weather is now more conducive to planting. “Compared before, the province is not being hit often by typhoons lately,” Reyes said adding the rise in the number of tourists coming to the province. “Additional flights bound for the province have been made,” he said. He lamented that more residents are now…
Published on 23 June 2014 Global
"Greenhouse gas concentrations continue to rise, with the most threatening impact happening on small island states." UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the world's 52 small island states contributed less than one percent of greenhouse-gas emissions annually, yet found themselves "on the front lines" in terms of impacts. "I urge everyone to think about the plight of small island developing states and to take inspiration…
Published on 23 June 2014 Feature
Emblazoned with the symbol of proletarian unity and emancipation, it's clear that the worker's hammer crossed with a peasant's sickle, sown into the corner of each red flag, is a long way from the national guiding principle of the Vietnamese Communist Party, in a country which has strayed very far from Ho Chi Minh Thought. Embalmed in his mausoleum since his death in 1969, Ho…
Published on 23 June 2014 Philippines
Established by the World Bank, the WIBCI is the latest type of crop insurance that automatically settles claims in tandem with certain weather conditions that forms part of the index and is adapted by the Philippines as part of economic measures related to the climate change. As such the WIBCI requires no field inspection or reports to verify claims in the aftermath of extremely bad…
Published on 5 June 2014 Indonesia
Indonesia, like other developing countries, is worst hit by the impacts of climate change because its peoples livelihood heavily depends on natural resources, and therefore, the country has the utmost interest in preserving its forest and marine ecosystems, both of which play a major role as carbon sinks. In September 2009, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a commitment to reduce gas emissions by 26 percent…
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