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Published on 7 August 2014 Philippines
“Global warming is likely to lead to drier conditions, which will result to a decrease in area planted, hence, affecting rice overall production in the Philippines,” according to the study titled “Impact on Climate Change on the Philippine Rice Sector: Supply/Demand Projections and Policy.” The study, a collaboration between Searca and the IRRI, concludes the impact of climate change on rice farming in the…
Published on 7 August 2014
"The study is the first to confirm that human activities have increased water vapour in the upper troposphere," said Brian Soden, professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. To investigate the potential causes of a 30-year moistening trend in the upper troposphere, a region 3-7 miles above the Earth's surface, Soden and colleagues measured water vapour in…
Published on 7 August 2014 Feature
Nearly one out of every seven people on earth suffers from chronic hunger or food insecurity. The good news is agriculture and food systems have done a good job in making it possible to produce and deliver enough food to markets to ensure the world’s population consumes sufficient food for productive and healthy lives. This bad news is, unfortunately, these systems do not work adequately…
Published on 7 August 2014
The experts from Stanford University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research found that the odds of a major production slowdown of wheat and corn, even with a warming climate, were not very high. But the risk was about 20 times more significant than it would be without global warming, and it might require planning by organizations that were affected by international food availability and…
Published on 7 August 2014
The fund was given based on a memorandum of agreement signed by the province and the US, which aims to increase risk reduction initiatives in nine provincial governments, 23 municipal governments and eight cities outside Metro Manila by strengthening their capacity for climate change adaptation. The MOA signing was part of the US commitment to advance the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation…
Published on 7 August 2014 Feature
Climate change could be the “single biggest hindrance” to global development objectives such as poverty eradication, universal education, longer life expectancy, and the prevention of disease, according the latest Human Development Report (HDR) 2014, launched in Tokyo on Thursday. The report, published by the United Nations Development Programme, identified climate change and natural disasters as one of six key threats to human development, along with…
Published on 7 August 2014
Climate change affects migration Taken from a viewpoint of the founding and current member of the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, Merlie “Milet” Mendoza who enunciated in details her topic during the Information Officers’ Summit on Climate Change Advocacy conducted by the Philippine Information Agency and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Caraga on Wednesday in this city, she expressed that climate change can…
Published on 7 August 2014
We can't yet predict ahead of time how these cycles will change. The good news is that it doesn't matter from a big picture climate perspective, because over the long-term, temperature influences from El Niño and La Niña events cancel each other out. However, when we examine how climate model projections have performed over the past 15 years or so, those natural cycles make a…
Published on 23 July 2014 Vietnam
The ecosystems provide many important services to people, with 20 million people indirectly influenced by the services and 8 million poor people living in the ecosystems. According to the Centre for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development, the services of the coral reef ecosystem have an estimated total value of $100 million. One square kilometer of coral reefs can provide aquatic products worth $10,000. In…
Published on 23 July 2014
The State of the Climate in 2013 report, published online Thursday by the American Meteorological Society, showed that greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures and other key climate indicators were all on the rise last year. The report, compiled by 425 scientists from 57 countries around the world, provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental…
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
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
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…
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