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Published on 11 September 2018 Global
A new international study headed by researchers at Florida State University and Duke University, reveals the outlook may not be as bleak. It finds that these swamps and marshes have a natural biochemical defense mechanism that helps them resist or retard decay -- even in warming temperatures and more severe droughts. "This is good news, because it indicates that scenarios where all this stored carbon…
Published on 10 September 2018
An environmental activist wearing a face mask depicting US President Donald Trump takes part in a demonstration in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Espinosa said there was “limited progress” on the issue of contributions from developed nations to developing countries, adding that she is “hopeful” that future discussions will be productive because of the importance of the…
Published on 3 September 2018 Vietnam
The damage was part of a series of landslides and flash floods in June and July that killed nearly 70 people and submerged thousands of homes in Vietnam’s northern provinces, including Lai Chau, where Ky’s family lives. Vietnam is already intensely exposed to disasters, but environment experts say climate change is making extreme weather increasingly frequent, unpredictable, and more severe. Climate negotiators are meeting…
Published on 3 September 2018
‘Venice of the East’ Currently, the capital “is sinking one to two centimeters a year and there is a risk of massive flooding in the near future,” said Tara Buakamsri of Greenpeace. Seas in the nearby Gulf of Thailand are rising by four millimeters a year, above the global average. The city “is already largely under sea level”, said Buakamsri. In 2011, when the monsoon…
Published on 13 August 2018
Here’s a look at key plans: The Backup City Besides the significantly higher elevation than Manila, New Clark City is sited away from earthquake fault lines. Should an earthquake still affect the area, the developers are using concrete mixed with a local organic building material called lahar for construction. Lahar consists of volcanic debris from Mount Pinatubo trapped in mud. Darker concrete made from it…
Published on 8 August 2018 Indonesia
Although Indonesia is the world’s third largest grower of rice, it still must import rice almost every year, mainly to keep reserves at a safe level. The main reasons for the gap can be traced to farmers using non-optimal production techniques and to the fact that each person in the country consumes an average 150 kg of rice per year – an…
Published on 8 August 2018
As we pump more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the Earth traps more heat, scientists predict that the severity and frequency of heat waves will continue to increase. Which might lead one to wonder: Is there a way to turn down the planet’s thermostat? One concept gaining momentum is geoengineering: deliberately manipulating the Earth’s climate. Though currently only being tested in very small experiments…
Published on 27 July 2018 Philippines
As one of its highlights, WOFEX 2018 will hold Philippine Sustainable Gastronomy (PSG) on August 2-3, 2018 during the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2018 at the SMX Convention Hall, Pasay City, which will focus on the influence and necessity of food sustainability. It aims to play a major role in achieving sustainable development goals by promoting agricultural development, food security, nutrition, sustainable food production, and…
Published on 27 July 2018 Feature
They are all well known, they are grave and in need of our urgent attention. And they make us feel helpless. What can we possibly do, as individuals facing such a magnitude of adversity? And mind you, I haven’t even mentioned ocean acidification, general deforestation, genetic engineering, overfishing, acid rain and our very Malaysian phenomenon of the annual haze. Climate change seems to be a…
Published on 26 July 2018 Global
After ambition comes action. With Pope Francis' moral leadership and the faith community worldwide, the Catholic Church is uniquely positioned to lead a global movement for climate action. Here are three things the Vatican can do to inspire the world and demonstrate its own leadership on climate action. 1) Push for Greater Ambition to Limit Warming To keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees…
Published on 26 July 2018 Global
A little more than a year later, with the speedy publication of the 50 Reefs team’s scientific results in June, the project has wrapped and those involved are considering how to proceed. After scientific meetings in Hawaii and Australia featured heated debates, it turned out Kennedy was both right and wrong about the impossibility of the task. In the end, there is no simple straightforward…
Published on 26 July 2018 Philippines
The CBCP NASSA official lamented how the renewable energy law remains only in paper. “Renewable energy law was passed in 2018 yet it remains only in paper and coal remains to have the biggest share in power mix,” said Gariguez. He said this following the statement made by President Duterte that he wants only one representative to international climate change conferences saying the country can…
Published on 26 July 2018 Philippines
Former Malay town council member Rowen Aguirre, Executive Assistant for Boracay Affairs, said the move aims not only to improve the convenience and reliability of the island's main mode of transportation but also to curb the effects of climate change. (WATCH: Why it's time to act on climate change) According to Aguirre, motorized tricycles were initially introduced to the island as a temporary mode of…
Published on 26 July 2018 Global
But fish will start losing their ability to detect different smells by the end of the century if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels keep rising, scientists warned in a recent study published in the journal, Nature Climate Change. For fish, the sense of smell is “particularly important when visibility is not great”, said Cosima Porteus, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Exeter in London and…
Published on 26 July 2018 Malaysia
This is the third year it is being celebrated after it was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) at its 38th General Conference in Paris on Nov 6, 2015. Mangroves are established mainly on sheltered tropical and subtropical coastlines. Although mangroves cover one percent of the earth’s land mass, they play important roles and contribute significantly to global sustainability. Maintaining…
Published on 26 July 2018 Malaysia
Malaysian Green Technology Corp (GreenTech Malaysia) is currently spearheading a working paper on a potential electric-based second national car project. GreenTech Malaysia CEO Dr Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin (picture) said the national car proposal is being worked on by a high-level committee within the Ministry of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment (METSCE). “The committee is working on a proposal to be presented at…
Published on 26 July 2018 Global
A recent study of global vegetable and legume production concluded that if greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory, yields could fall by 35 percent by 2100 due to water scarcity and increased salinity and ozone. Another new study found that U.S. production of corn (a.k.a. maize), much of which is used to feed livestock and make biofuel, could be cut in half by…
Published on 25 July 2018 Lao PDR
A multibillion-dollar dam, meant to boost Laos’s economy, collapsed and led to the deaths of dozens, with many still missing. Our correspondent traveled to Laos to speak with families who are trying to salvage what’s left.(Image by Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times) Ms. Chantamart, 35, and many of her neighbors escaped the deadly flood. But others were not so lucky when an auxiliary…
Published on 24 July 2018 Vietnam
An air quality monitor shows pollution figures on a street in Hanoi, Vietnam May 18, 2018. Picture taken May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Kham “I usually joke with my friends, the more polluted the air is, the more prosperous I get,” said Cao Xuan Trung, a Hanoi dealer in air purifiers, who expects monthly revenue to double by 2020, from 3 billion dong ($131,199) now, a value…
Published on 24 July 2018 Malaysia
Our experience with the tsunami in 2004 and the frequent landslides, hill slope collapses, and sinkholes compel us to take measures. Although we do not have earthquakes and typhoons, as faced by neighboring countries, we have our fair share of natural disasters. As such, it is to our interest to enhance our efforts to minimize the risk of disasters. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr…
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