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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 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
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 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 Philippines
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
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 Philippines
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
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 15 July 2014 Philippines
The initial findings of the report were presented on Wednesday, July 9, as part of an outreach event of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is a Nobel Prize-winning group of hundreds of scientists from all over the world collating and assessing findings on climate change. The IPCC’s most recent report, the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), concluded that global warming is unequivocal…
Published on 15 July 2014 Southeast Asia
“In the Philippines hazards are normal,” Liza Bernardo Zurbito of Children International said. But she stressed, “They only become disasters when we are not prepared.” The wealth of experiences on the ground in these two countries was captured during the Conference on Community Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building from July 2-4 in Silang, Cavite. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and Give2Asia hosted…
Published on 15 July 2014
Officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of National Development shared on Monday that all ministries and statutory boards will participate in this study, which will examine how rising sea levels, higher temperatures and more intense rainfall and flooding could affect the city state’s physical infrastructure. The initial findings are expected to be released by 2016, and will feed…
Published on 15 July 2014 Vietnam
“I asked my sons to place four sandbags on the corrugated tin roof and anchor the interior pillars to concrete poles fixed in the ground with zinc wire,” says the 67-year-old resident of Long Binh Commune, Go Cong Tay District, Tien Giang Province. “When last year’s ninth storm (Typhoon Usagi) blew the roofs off neighboring houses and uprooted surrounding trees, I was really scared,”…
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