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Published on 16 May 2014 Vietnam
As a result, the Government’s policy to increase renewable energy source by 8 per cent of total commercial power output by 2020 and 11 per cent by 2050. HCMC and provinces nationwide have cooperated with businesses to subsidise consumers with VND1 million a solar water heater. The country has around 42,000 heaters sold in the market every year with annual growth rate of 20 percent…
Published on 16 May 2014 Feature
Sano, who following COP19 has become the unofficial face of the movement, describes it as "a spontaneous global phenomenon". "Since my original fast it has snowballed into #fastfortheclimate. The social media campaign is now moving into a new era of more organised collaboration among the participating organisations. This month we launched an online platform." Sano recognises that the campaign has yet to see concrete results…
Published on 16 May 2014 Global
The research indicates that the world is indeed getting warmer, but historical records show that it hasn't happened everywhere at the same rate. And that new information even took scientists by surprise. "Global warming was not as understood as we thought," said Zhaohua Wu, an assistant professor of meteorology at FSU. Wu led a team of climate researchers including Fei Ji, a visiting doctoral student…
Published on 16 May 2014 Singapore
Through both projects, PUB will conduct a test-bedding study on the cost-effectiveness, potential benefits and scale limitations of investing in solar power infrastructure. PUB said the 1 Megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar panel at Choa Chu Kang Waterworks will harness solar energy for the plant’s water treatment operations, while Tengeh Reservoir will house floating solar systems which double up as an energy catchment to channel…
Published on 16 May 2014 Philippines
The other eight cities are Johor Bahru on the straits of Johor separating Malaysia and Singapore; Tetouan in northern Morocco; Uberlandia in the state of Minas Gerais of Brazil; Hunchun in Jilin province of northeast China; Onitsha on the eastern bank of Niger River in Nigeria; Nampula, the third-largest city in Mozambique; Malmo, part of the Oresund region in the south of Sweden; and Santa…
Published on 16 May 2014 Indonesia
“We hope the forest will help surpress the negative impacts of global warming in Batam, reduce air pollution and tackle the ground water problem,” Bank Mandiri president director Budi G. Sadikin said, adding the project was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), after the launch of the forest on Thursday. President director of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, Elvyn G Masassya, said the forest could serve…
Published on 16 May 2014 Malaysia
Comos executive chairman Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said membership is required before one can rent the cars – either the Renault Zoe or the Nissan Leaf. “We will start accepting membership in July,” he said at the soft launch of the programme here yesterday by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. “We are still finalising the rental rate…
Published on 16 May 2014 Global
"We found rising levels of CO2 are affecting human nutrition by reducing levels of very important nutrients in very important food crops," said Prof Samuel Myers, an environmental health expert at Harvard University, Boston, and lead author of the study. "From a health viewpoint, iron and zinc are hugely important." Myers said 2 billion people already suffer iron and zinc deficiencies around the world. This…
Published on 8 May 2014 Feature
So how does the government take these things into account when it weighs up the costs and benefits of climate change policies? Well it turns out that a key model used by the Treasury does not take these things into account at all. The HMRC-CGE model, which is primarily designed to give information on how tax policies affect the economy, has been very influential in…
Published on 8 May 2014 Southeast Asia
The latest IPCC report shows that the Asian region will be severely affected by a broad range of climate change impacts and the most urgent development challenge for ASEAN is how to avert run-away climate change and help its poor communities adapt to changing climate patterns. Over the past decade, ASEAN had been busy, forging and strengthening economic ties with some of the biggest and…
Published on 8 May 2014 Global
The observatory is NASA's first satellite mission dedicated to studying carbon dioxide, a critical component of Earth's carbon cycle that is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate. It replaces a nearly identical spacecraft lost due to a rocket launch mishap in February 2009. OCO-2 will provide a new tool for understanding both the sources of carbon dioxide emissions and the natural…
Published on 8 May 2014 Global
"Polar regions have gained substantial attention because they are experiencing a very high temperature increase. Polar climates will shrink in area, providing reduced habitat for arctic and subarctic species, but climate change is more than melting ice. Warming in the tropics will create entirely novel climatic conditions, currently not experienced by species anywhere else on Earth. Whether species will be able to adapt to these…
Published on 8 May 2014 Myanmar
Besides, cooperation for putting Inlay Lake into world heritage list, implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), promoting cooperation with NGOs in environmental conservation tasks, development and poverty alleviation schemes were also covered by the two countries’ intention. Conservation of water resources, development of ecotourism industry and enhancement of technology expertise and human resources between Myanmar and Norway were also brought to the…
Published on 8 May 2014 Singapore
NTU said it hopes this move will transform it into one of the most environmentally-friendly campuses in the world. The EcoCampus initiative was launched by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, S Iswaran, on Wednesday. Typically, the temperature in a room in one of NTU’s buildings would be turned up when it is empty, to save electricity. But the seven chillers which remove heat from…
Published on 8 May 2014 Malaysia
This initiative is also envisaged to effectively reduce domestic palm oil inventory to below one million tonnes, and provide a floor price to support CPO prices at RM2,000 per tonne, says Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) senior research officer Yung Chee Liang at a recent palm oil conference. The B5 implementation was launched in phases, starting with the central region (Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur Selangor, Selangor…
Published on 8 May 2014 Philippines
But aid agencies say Haiyan is likely to just be the overture. The rising intensity of tropical storms, combined with their increasingly unseasonal timings, means rebuilding may be incomplete when the next super typhoon hits. This would compound the disaster into a catastrophe. Tariq Reibl, Oxfam's humanitarian response manager for the Philippines, says that climate change will mean destructive storms, disastrous enough in isolation, will…
Published on 8 May 2014 Global
"These are alarm bells," said Nina Bednarsek, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle who helped lead the research. "This study makes us understand that we have made an impact on the ocean environment to the extent where we can actually see the shells dissolving right now." Scientists from NOAA and Oregon State University found that in waters near the West…
Published on 8 May 2014 Vietnam
Ru Cha is a mangrove forest located along the Tam lagoon in the province's Huong Phong Commune. It is also a protection forest, home to different types of aquatic species, a breeding ground for migratory birds and a potential destination for ecological tourism. The project, which is aimed at raising awareness of the local authorities and residents of mangrove forest and also conserving biodiversity in…
Published on 8 May 2014 Indonesia
We must accept the fact that Jakarta’s hydrological balance has degraded over past decades due to the city’s rapid urbanization being unsupported by adequate capacity in water infrastructure. Moreover, Jakarta has experienced uncontrolled urban land-use mismanagement, where many open, public, waterscape and green areas have been sacrificed to become commercial land plots. A higher amount of builtup areas with decreasing green areas will accelerate…
Published on 8 May 2014 Philippines
Coal-driven climate change The climate crisis worsens as fossil fuels continue to drive up greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause global warming, according to the International Energy Agency. In the 2011 emissions trends, coal contributed the largest chunk of carbon dioxide emissions - about 44% - among all fossil fuels. The trend is already being reflected in Third World countries like the Philippines where transnational…
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