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Published on 5 June 2014 Indonesia
Some 30 episodes of global warming and cooling in the past 3 million years have triggered massive coral die-offs around the world, according to earlier studies. For example, during hot climates, coral reefs disappeared from the equator. The new study finds evidence for a coral reef survival zone during Earth's cold climate swings. When ice ages lowered sea level and sea surface temperatures, a "coral…
Published on 5 June 2014 Vietnam
This was affirmed in a new strategy for boosting agricultural food security and eco-efficiency in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, launched in Hanoi on Tuesday by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Speaking at the launch ceremony, CIAT Director General Dr Ruben Echeverria, said that agriculture was important in addressing the challenges of today's world, including population growth, rapid urbanisation, soil degradation and climate change…
Published on 5 June 2014 Philippines
The framework is climate change, and the exposure of the Philippines to extraordinary hazards in the coming months and years because of it. The conference in Manila on Thursday is the last of 17 "Iba Na Ang Panahon" workshops conducted nationwide. During the workshop, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) introduced the concept of "disaster…
Published on 5 June 2014 Philippines
The Philippines has seen an influx of foreign aid and a flurry of legislative activity since last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the country’s Visayas region in November. But despite this, many affected communities are yet to fully recover. The fund, per the Philippine government’s proposal, “will be designed to build resilience at the national, local government and individual level,” according to World Bank vice…
Published on 5 June 2014 Philippines
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Published on 5 June 2014 Southeast Asia
This, after an expanded bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Malacanang today. In a joint statement, Aquino said: "We both share the belief that much more can be done to maximize the prospects of equitable growth." For his part, Yudhoyono congratulated the Philippines for its economic growth. In his World Economic Forum speech Thursday, Yudhoyono said: "It doesn't matter how many billionaires…
Published on 5 June 2014 Feature
Unfortunately, many of us are too busy taking care of ourselves: As it turns out, our numerous maladies might be directly related to the atmosphere’s rapid transformation. Some of the most pronounced effects of climate change: More than 400 parts per million of carbon pollution in the atmosphere, and over 80,000 chemicals (most of which are untested for human safety) – are causing hotter hots…
Published on 5 June 2014 Indonesia
In keeping with this commitment, the country has organized the World Ocean Business Forum (WOBF), maritime affairs and fisheries ministrys Director General of Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing, Saut P. Hutagalung, stated here on Wednesday while opening the forum. "It is expected that during the forum businessmen will strike business deals on marine resource management and fishery products that can help to improve the peoples…
Published on 5 June 2014 Indonesia
Officially opened by Indonesian Vice President Boediono, the conference in Manado, North Sulawesi, was attended by marine and coral reef experts from a number of countries, including Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Britain, and the United States. In his opening remark, Vice President Boediono said WCRC was expected to yield an agreement on sustainable coral reef management for peoples welfare. "All relevant parties in this…
Published on 21 May 2014 Philippines
To make conditions even worse, evacuation centers (EC) weren’t spared when the super typhoon wreaked havoc in the country, rendering more than 400 ECs unlivable due to damage. The damage brought by Yolanda emphasized the importance of disaster-resilient infrastructure especially in areas prone to harsh weather conditions. Resilient homes Addressing the lack of disaster-resilient shelters, Ortigas & Co., in partnership with the Department of Science…
Published on 21 May 2014 Myanmar
Myanmar has been vulnerable to increasing extreme weather events like many of its neighbours. But as the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group of Myanmar noted in an extensive analysis last year of the nation’s disaster preparedness levels, the dangers have been amplified because the country has been slow to take remedial measures against changing climate patterns. The East Asian country’s ranking 167 out of 176…
Published on 21 May 2014 Cambodia
H.E. Sabo Ojano, Secretary of State of Ministry of Environment, said climate change is actually causing impacts to the globe, especially poor countries which lacks financial and human resources. Hence we all need to understand climate change and participate together to mitigate and adapt to the impacts so that we can develop our communities and society in the context of a changing climate. His Excellency…
Published on 21 May 2014 Feature
“Most of the models that ecologists are putting out are assuming that there’s no adaptive capacity. And that’s silly,” says Ary Hoffmann, a geneticist at the University of Melbourne in Australia and the co-author of an influential review of climate change-related evolution. “Organisms are not static.” Nature on the Move That species are on the move is becoming obvious not just to scientists but also…
Published on 21 May 2014 Feature
The study, led by Newcastle University and published this week in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, explains for the first time why the upward motion of the Earth's crust in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula is currently taking place so quickly. Previous studies have shown Earth is 'rebounding' due to the overlying ice sheet shrinking in response to climate change. This movement of the land was…
Published on 21 May 2014 Feature
“The actions China takes in the next decade will be critical for the future of China and the world,” the study said. “Whether China moves onto an innovative, sustainable and low-carbon growth path this decade will more or less determine both China’s longer-term economic prospects in a natural resource-constrained world, … and the world’s prospects of cutting greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to manage the grave…
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
The chart below is the consensus forecast for the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) and the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society: If this El Niño does start fairly quickly and become quite strong, as many currently expect, then 2014 could well become the hottest year on record, and 2015 would likely break all previous global records…
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
In particular, the numbers show a shift from the developed world to developing countries as the main bases of operations for renewable growth. In China alone, solar installations increased five-fold from 2011 to 2013, providing the demand that’s largely fueled solar’s momentum. IRENA also pointed to skills shortages among global workers as one factor that could hold back further growth, though that kind of thing…
Published on 21 May 2014 Southeast Asia
U Thein Sein laid out a three-point framework that he said could stem the impact of climate change on the region. The plan begins by bolstering the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Centre (AHA), which he described as unable to adequately respond to natural disasters in its current form. The AHA headquarters in Jakarta opened in 2012 but it has relatively little capacity despite being in a…
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
According to David Wasdell, who leads on feedback dynamics in coupled complex global systems for the European Commission's Global System Dynamics and Policy (GSDP) network, "Every word and line of the text previously submitted by the scientific community was examined and amended until it could be endorsed unanimously by the political representatives." In a detailed paper critiquing the WG1 Summary for Policymakers, Wasdell revealed that…
Published on 21 May 2014 Global
Labour supported Arthur Scargill's determination to keep pits open. The party prevented Tony Blair from building any nuclear power stations, instead tipping subsidies into wind, which merely encouraged Britain's dependency on coal, now at 38% and rising. Global coal consumption is at its highest level since 2006, and mocks all attempts at emissions discipline. The past two decades of a "rush to renewables" remains a…
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