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Published on 19 September 2014 Global
Panasonic, Fujitsu and others looking for an opportunity in a niche market to offset the decline in demand for consumer electronics, are working in greenhouses and controlled by automatic sensors to ensure constant conditions to produce high quality vegetables all year fields. Fujitsu says its agricultural system Akisai cloud means users can sit behind a desk in Tokyo, or even in New York, while cultivating…
Published on 26 August 2014 Vietnam
The Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control also disclosed at an online meeting on August 20 that since 2000, over 250 flash floods and landslides have left 646 dead or unaccounted for, and injured nearly 351 others. The disasters swept away more than 9,700 houses, submerged another 100,000, and flooded 75,000 hectares of rice and subsidiary crops with estimated damages in excess…
Published on 26 August 2014 Philippines
(https://www.ipcc.ch/organization/organization_history.shtml). Almost three decades have passed but the phrase “global warming and climate change” still has to create real significance in the minds of the Filipino majority. Climate Change Commissioner Vice Chairperson Lucille Sering noted this in her talk in August last year during a seminar on “Building Critical Mass Awareness of Climate Change – engaging Media, Advertising and Entertainment Sectors”. While some Filipinos had…
Published on 26 August 2014 Global
Read the article here: https://www.thestar.com.my/News/Environment/2014/08/18/Crop-survival-in-a-hot-climate/ Source: The Star Online | 18 August 2014
Published on 26 August 2014 Feature
Therefore, governments should ensure a diversified water mix for the next 20-50 years in anticipation of demographic pressure and climate change. Some semi-arid regions in the world may have already experienced an increase in temperature from 1 to 2o C. It is likely that water loss will increase due to high evaporation rates of existing dams. Water loss due to evapotranspiration from plants and crops…
Published on 26 August 2014 Philippines
“Organic agriculture works in harmony with nature rather than against it,” said DA-6 Regional Technical Director Dr. Joyce Wendam during the 2nd Regional Organic Agriculture Summit Opening Program held Monday at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Wendam said that organic farming involves using techniques to achieve good cropping yields without harming the natural environment or the people who live and work in it. She said that…
Published on 26 August 2014 Singapore
Among the dismal results: Of the 160 companies who communicated on sustainability, only 19 of them published CSR reports that used a globally recognized standard such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). And of these, only eight companies sought external assurance on their reports. In comparison, in 2013 China (including Hong Kong) produced 199 GRI reports, in Korea 109 and Japan 138. This has left…
Published on 26 August 2014 Philippines
Attending the Public Advocacy on Climate Change for Local Chief Executives on Aug. 5, they signed the “LakasLikasan Pledge of Local Chief Executives” which stated their vow of commitment to go an extra mile of safeguarding the environment. The signing of the pledge wrapped up the one-day Public Advocacy on Climate Change for LCEs organized by the Regional Task Force on Public Advocacy on Climate…
Published on 26 August 2014 Southeast Asia
In the province of Eastern Samar, the coconut groves that local workers depend on for wages and daily labor were flattened, eliminating one of the main sources of income for workers in the area. In the blink of an eye, the already fragile economy of a poor rural area was devastated. The coconut groves were part of a monoculture approach to agriculture that is common…
Published on 26 August 2014 Philippines
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the strategy was adopted during a meeting of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change, which Philippine President Benigno Aquino III presided over on Wednesday. "Discussed in yesterday's meeting were the action programs of the various departments and agencies. The cluster's joint strategy for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management includes standardization of policies…
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 Global
"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 Global
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Global
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 Global
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…
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