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Published on 5 November 2014 Southeast Asia
An international consultation on this issue ended with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders emphasizing the need for international and local policies, and joint action to help people displaced by disasters (PDD) in Southeast Asia, one of the regions most vulnerable to disasters. Led by the Nansen Initiative (NI) from October 15 to 17, the consultation aimed to identify the challenges and opportunities that…
Published on 5 November 2014 Philippines
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) chairman Rosendo So said that unlike in urban areas where people can immediately continue with their daily routine when floods subside, people in rural communities have to bear the brunt of lost livelihoods, lost income, and the difficulty of rebuilding their homes. As such, he said there is an urgent need to increase private investments and public expenditures to protect…
Published on 5 November 2014 Malaysia
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report released last month shows that the decline of biodiversity in the wider Asia-Pacific region ranks only behind Latin America in the same period. For nearly two decades, WWF’s Living Planet Report, produced in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network, Water Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London, has monitored the health of our planet. The…
Published on 5 November 2014 Malaysia
The fund allocates RM41.6 million (£8 million) for the first of its five-year duration to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between both countries. The focus areas of research are global challenges such as urbanisation, food and energy security and the social and economic needs of a growing and ageing population. The fund's goal among others is to make a substantial impact to the problems presented…
Published on 5 November 2014 Southeast Asia
ASEAN will become a major economic bloc. It is now home to 620 million people, has a nominal Gross Domestic Product or total economic output of $2.32 trillion (3.3 percent of the world’s total GDP), total exports of $1.2 trillion (almost 7 percent of the global total), and total GDP in purchasing power parity (ppp) of $3.6 trillion. In terms of population or…
Published on 5 November 2014 Southeast Asia
At the summit, a group of 348 investors with assets totalling more than US$24 trillion also made a pledge to increase investments in renewable energy as a part of the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change, which also called on governments to reach a global climate change agreement by the end of 2015. This statement on how investors could contribute to low carbon and climate…
Published on 15 October 2014 Malaysia
Read the article here: https://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/10/09/dawos-malaysian-rainforests-carbon-emissions/ Source: The Star | 9 October 2014
Published on 15 October 2014 Southeast Asia
The five-year U.S.-led project brings together the Lower Mekong nations of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, as the region faces growing challenges from the impact of climate change, in particular increasingly severe weather patterns. Environmentalists say these challenges include issues over water use, deforestation, floods and disaster mitigation. The United Nations' Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, says costs are rising from natural disasters…
Published on 15 October 2014 Indonesia
For Indonesia, above all else it reaffirmed that countries with immense rainforests have a pivotal role to play in the fight against global warming. The conference announced a declaration on forests that vowed to halt global forest losses by 2030 and halve it by the end of the decade. Major companies, such as Cargill and Asia Pulp & Paper also signed the declaration. The proponents…
Published on 15 October 2014 Southeast Asia
These numbers were presented by Charlotte Benson, the senior disaster risk management specialist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on September 30, while addressing journalists from ADB member countries. “During the last five years, the numbers have been particularly alarming. The losses caused by disasters are increasing faster than the region is growing economically,” he said. Listing the main factors that cause disasters, Benson said…
Published on 15 October 2014 Philippines
In a press forum held at the University of Immaculate Conception Saturday, CCC vice chair Lucille Sering said the move was one of many options that local government units can tap. She said the commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government had issued a joint memorandum mandating LGUs to track and tag climate change related expenditures in the local budget. Sering was referring…
Published on 15 October 2014
While volcanoes may not have “seasons” as we know them, scientists have started to discern intriguing patterns in their activity. Eruptions caused by a shortened day The four seasons are caused by the Earth’s axis of rotation tilting toward and away from the sun. But our planet undergoes another, less well-known change, which affects it in a more subtle way, perhaps even volcanically. Due to…
Published on 15 October 2014 Lao PDR
Speaking at the conference on Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower project held in Can Tho City on September 25, Nguyen Huu Thien, an independent expert, said when a certain project is suspected to cause harms to humans or the environment, the investor has to prove the contrary. “In this case, Laos has to prove Don Sahong hydropower dam will not impact humans and the environment in…
Published on 15 October 2014 Vietnam
A report delivered at the conference said that last year, the aggregate value of agro-forestry and fisheries in Viet Nam reached VND 1.02 trillion ($48.6 million), of which 52 per cent came from crop production. However, compared to 2012, the value of agricultural commodities was down by 2.3 per cent. And it is projected that in 2014, the value will fall a further 3 per…
Published on 15 October 2014 Philippines
Spanning 40 days and covering 1,000 km, participants will walk from Luneta to Tacloban, the site where supertyphoon Yolanda made landfall. They aim to arrive there on November 8, exactly one year since Yolanda hit. According to a press release, the Walk is expected to continue even after participants reach Tacloban, onto Cebu, Negros, Panay Island, and Palawan. These provinces were also damaged during supertyphoon…
Published on 15 October 2014 Malaysia
Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid said the effort to cut carbon emissions, through new policies involving climate change and green technology, was in line with the Science 2 Action (S2A) initiative currently championed by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. "The S2A is the initiative to intensify the application of science and technology for industry development, people's well-being…
Published on 15 October 2014 Philippines
Climate Change Commission vice chair Lucille Sering told a Senate panel deliberating the agency's proposed 2015 budget on Wednesday, October 1, that the initiative is to be major undertaking of the commission. The Senate approved that day the agency's proposed budget of P78.25 million (US$1.7 million*), which the House of Representatives approved on September 26. Nearly half of this amount, or P37.5 million ($834,000), will…
Published on 15 October 2014 Vietnam
The article was released on the occasion of the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit held in New York on September 24. The Prime Minister, the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Filipino President Benigno Aquino III were the co-authors of the article which has been published on many mass media. The World Bank and other international organizations have congratulated Vietnam on its green growth…
Published on 15 October 2014 Vietnam
The decision was made at a recent meeting of the Government standing members in Hanoi, with the fund sourced from the Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change (SP-RCC). The money will be spent on mangrove afforestation and sea dyke construction in coastal areas. The Government leader asked the Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Planning and Investment, and Finance, to…
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