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Published on 9 October 2014 Global
A declaration announced as part of a UN summit on climate change being held in New York also pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by the end of this decade and to restore hundreds of millions of acres of degraded land. Backers of the New York declaration on forests claim their efforts could save between 4.5bn and 8.8bn tonnes of carbon emissions per year…
Published on 9 October 2014 Southeast Asia
Asean today is facing its biggest challenge due to climate change and demands for a much stronger response than what the regional bloc is currently offering. Southeast Asia faced its worst weather calamities in the last decade, costing the region tens of thousands of lives and more than US$4 billion (RM12.8 billion) annually, an NGO group revealed today. The coalition Asean For a Fair, Ambitious…
Published on 9 October 2014 Southeast Asia
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://globalnation.inquirer.net/111500/stronger-asean-response-to-climate-change-pressed Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer | 22 September 2014
Published on 9 October 2014 Feature
"Securing the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities is a necessary precursor for REDD+ to be successful, and unfortunately, REDD+ has not yet substantially driven progress in forest tenure—-either in law or on the ground," Bryson Ogden, an analyst with RRI, told mongabay.com. Research has increasingly shown that indigenous people and local communities are often the strongest protectors of their forests, yet land…
Published on 9 October 2014 Feature
ASEAN is also home to 25 million hectares of inimitable peatlands representing 60 percent of the world’s total tropical peatlands, which play a pivotal role in supporting economic development, biodiversity conservation, carbon sinks, food security and livelihood. However, these invaluable biodiversity and peatland resources have been subject to consistent loss over time. The key drivers of biodiversity loss in Southeast Asia include ecosystem and habitat…
Published on 9 October 2014 Global
According to Wolfram Mauser at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, about two-thirds of all land that could even be potentially suitable for agricultural use in its current state is already in use, with the last third either part of protected ecosystems or likely going to be put into use in the approaching decades and the world population continues to grow. However, according to a study recently published in the…
Published on 19 September 2014 Cambodia
Organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the two-day forum set up a platform for participants to share experience and identify solutions to climate financing challenges. "Finding effective ways for at-risk communities to finance the cost of adaptation to the effects of climate change is key to reducing vulnerabilities and improving people's lives and…
Published on 19 September 2014 Malaysia
"As climate change causes an increase in temperatures, plants orangutans eat will change and decline, leaving them no option but to move further up in higher areas. "However this will be very difficult and mostly impossible in the future due to the current state of their forest which is mostly isolated and fragmented,"warned SWD Director Datuk Dr Laurentius Ambu in a statement here today. He…
Published on 19 September 2014 Philippines
The Pangasinan leg of the campus tour last September 10 was part of the climate change advocacy campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) with the theme “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago.” The DENR and PIA also partnered with Pilipinas Natin, the volunteer arm of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO), to help…
Published on 19 September 2014 Thailand
Dr Natarika Wayuparb, Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management (TGO)'s deputy executive director, said the Kingdom should pioneer new policies by addressing climate change problems at a serious level. "Thailand needs to make a serious attempt to show we have the right policy to ensure [addressing] climate change issues are moved from a local level into an international one," she said. "We have seen good examples from…
Published on 19 September 2014 Malaysia
This was agreed at the meeting of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar with visiting Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel. They reiterated the need to work closely in the domain of international negotiations so as to protect the interests of developing countries, the statement from the environment and forests ministry said. The two ministers discussed the possibility of cooperation in the areas…
Published on 19 September 2014 Malaysia
Bodies of water, stressed by human consumption and forest clearing, are disappearing quicker than imagined. Many of the world’s largest rivers, including the Yangtze, the Ganges and the Salween in Asia, the Danube in Europe and the Rio Grande in North America have become victimised by water demand and development – that they are in the process of drying up. Rivers in Sarawak are not…
Published on 19 September 2014 Singapore
During the opening of the event, Singaporean Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said that $52 million will go to a Green Buildings Innovation Cluster which is hoped to push breakthroughs in new green technologies with experimental buildings. As part of their third Green Building Master Plan, also announced yesterday, the minister said that $50 million will go to phase 2 of their Green…
Published on 19 September 2014 Philippines
In the study titled “Contributors to the Frequency of Intense Climate Disasters in Asia-Pacific Countries,” the ADB said an increase in average rainfall would amplify the frequency of strong typhoons and floods in the Philippines. “If the increase in average precipitation hits 12 mm per month, greater increases in the frequency of these disasters can be expected: one additional event every four years in Indonesia…
Published on 19 September 2014 Malaysia
His household was just one among millions affected by an unusual, three-month-long hot and dry spell which struck parts of peninsular Malaysia in mid-January. The extended drought followed a brief period of unusually cool weather in January. Some experts believe these are signs of how climate change is affecting Malaysia. Global Environment Centre director Faizal Parish said the three-month drought has been "quite unusual", as…
Published on 19 September 2014 Feature
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published in The Jakarta Globe.The author is the Dean of the Ateneo School of Government in Manila; a lead negotiator for the Philippines on REDD+; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). In December, climate negotiators will converge in Lima, Peru, for the 20th Conference of the…
Published on 19 September 2014 Feature
HANOI - Pham Thi Ly buys fresh water every 10 days from a well operator in another commune during the dry season. To ensure her children have clean drinking water, she has to buy the bottled stuff. The dry season typically runs for four months and this buying of water puts a dent into whatever she earns from fishing. But Mrs Ly has no choice…
Published on 19 September 2014 Lao PDR
At a conference discussing the development of hydroelectric dam Donsahong, set to be built on the mainstream Mekong River in Laos, held in Can Tho City last week, a farmer named Nguyen Van Hiep in Dong Thap Province cited emerging upheavals. He said that before hydroelectric plants were built on the river, farmers in the delta could deal with annual flooding in an easy way…
Published on 19 September 2014 Vietnam
Hanoi, August 25, 2014 – The World Bank today congratulated Vietnam on the high-level attention to building resilience of vulnerable areas like the Mekong Delta – which are especially impacted by climate change and disaster risks, as well as Vietnam’s green growth strategy and action plan, and urged the country to forge ahead on a low carbon and resilient growth path. The statements were…
Published on 19 September 2014 Vietnam
During his stay in Vietnam, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with State President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and attended many important events. On August 1, 2014, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida co-chaired the 6th meeting of the Vietnam-Japan Cooperation Committee in Hanoi with the participation of representatives from ministries and sectors…
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