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Published on 10 May 2018 Singapore
The reasons for UHI are well known. Cities have less vegetation than rural areas to provide shade and to cool the air; they consume huge amounts of energy in electricity and fuel; they trap the sun’s radiation in deep urban canyons between high buildings, and they contain massive amounts of steel and concrete that store the sun’s warmth. To be clear, UHI is not the…
Published on 10 May 2018 Philippines
As a staunch supporter of the environment, SM Aura Premier developed a summer display called “On Thin Ice, an Art Installation for a Cause” under its #ArtinAura campaign. The exhibit features a sleuth of life-size polar bears distributed in the mall’s Skypark. Aiming to educate the public on the species’ plight, as the polar bears seek shelter in the tropical space of the Philippines, to…
Published on 4 May 2018 Feature
As chef Marcus Samuelsson says: Clean water and access to food are some of the simplest things that we can take for granted each and every day. In places like Africa, these can be some of the hardest resources to attain if you live in a rural area. Without clean, potable water, or ways to sanitize water, people are left with dirty, deadly…
Published on 2 May 2018 Myanmar
Worldwide, 35 percent of the world's mangroves are now lost. Only 16 percent of the original cover is left in the vulnerable Delta Region where the mangroves are being destroyed at rates three to five times higher than global deforestation. "At the moment, mangrove conditions are severely degraded," says Win Meung, a seasoned ecologist who heads a mangrove regeneration project in Myanmar. "In the…
Published on 27 April 2018 Indonesia
"People tend to think that most of the disruption will come from heat going into the oceans, which, in turn, will alter wind patterns," said James Randerson, UCI's Ralph J. & Carol M. Cicerone Chair in Earth System Science. "We have found that large-scale changes in rainfall can, in part, be attributed to the way tropical forests respond to the overabundance of carbon dioxide humans…
Published on 26 April 2018 Myanmar
The scaling out of climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices (CSA T&Ps) using community-based adaptation (CBA) strategies is a potential solution to food security and nutrition challenges in Myanmar. To realize this goal, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Southeast Asia (CCAFS SEA), has worked for the establishment of Climate-Smart…
Published on 25 April 2018 Feature
It has been applied successfully in four countries in South Asia: Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, and in six states in India New Delhi I March 17: Four South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Afghanistan) have successfully applied a new governance framework called “Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change within Governance Systems in South Asia” that allows for governments to integrate climate change adaptation…
Published on 25 April 2018 Philippines
Henry Adornado, Ecosystems ResearchandDevelopment Bureau director, said bamboo is an effective erosion control plant and a natural control barrier due to its widespread root system. “It reduces runoff, prevents massive soil erosion and minimizes CO2 gases,” Adornado said. He urged investors to plant bamboo and use quality seeds and planting materials. “Apart from addressing climate change, it helps create livelihood... as bamboo can be used…
Published on 25 April 2018
These are the main findings of a publication titled, “Global Report on Food Crises,” released by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN). The report states that conflict and climate change-related disasters were the main drivers of acute food insecurity in 18 countries where 74 million people need urgent assistance to prevent famine. New or intensified conflict has deteriorated food security in Myanmar, north-east Nigeria, the…
Published on 24 April 2018 Indonesia
The quaint and bucolic city is home to at least 5.7 million people (2017 State Statistics). Located just 60 kilometers south of Jakarta, Bogor is often seen as the extension of the capital itself. The current President, Joko Widodo, who hails from Bogor, is known to hold office there. A busy city whose residents are mostly part of the working force, a considerable portion of…
Published on 23 April 2018 Philippines
This was pointed out by Ziggie Gonzales, surfer co-founder of eco-hostel chain The Circle Hostel, who said that plastic bottles can only be recycled for certain amount of times and will end up to be just waste. “The problem will not go away if we get rid of plastic and non-biodegradables. It will only change to a different material. We need to change our mindset…
Published on 18 April 2018 Feature
The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug. The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule even…
Published on 17 April 2018 Feature
To be clear — and to the relief of chocolate lovers everywhere — Azapagic, professor of sustainable engineering at the UK’s University of Manchester, is not telling people to swear off chocolate. But she does hope consumers will think more about the impact of chocolate production when they make decisions about the treats to eat. Agriculture has a major role in climate change. Beef, for…
Published on 11 April 2018 Indonesia
Burden of proof Under the revised Criminal Code, a previously closed loophole that would allow polluters and other environmental violators to evade criminal charges on a technicality has been reopened. “It’ll make it difficult for law enforcers to prove that someone has violated the law,” Reynaldo said. He gave the example of a company that was caught polluting: If the company doesn’t have a…
Published on 11 April 2018 Cambodia
The new wildlife sanctuary will be called Sangrukhavoan wildlife sanctuary, it will cover a total area of 30,254 hectares in Along Veng and Chongkal District and Samrong city. The information about the establishment of the sanctuary has been given by the Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, who signed the sub-decree on 5th April 2018. He also added that the management…
Published on 10 April 2018 Indonesia
Writing about the findings in the recent Science of the Total Environment journal, researchers examined the risks to seagrass meadows throughout the vast Indonesian archipelago that makes up a key part of the famed Coral Triangle -- a marine area located in the western Pacific Ocean. This area is widely known as the center of the world's biodiversity and the meadows are the 'Prairies…
Published on 5 April 2018 Feature
Some estimates suggest that US$ 500 billion2 will be needed for adaptation by 2050, and public finances will form a crucial part of that picture. To ensure this, a new framework that helps governments mainstream spending on climate adaptation into domestic budgets, has been successfully implemented in four South Asian countries. The Financing Framework for Resilient Growth (FFRG) can help countries around the world…
Published on 27 March 2018 Philippines
As a coastal city with a deep natural mangrove harbor, San Carlos is more resilient than most Philippine cities to extreme weather. And with limited cloud cover, the city enjoys more sunshine than other parts of the country, so has plenty of renewable energy potential. As such, San Carlos is shaping up to be the Philippines’ renewable energy hub. In 2014, a 45-megawatt solar plant—one…
Published on 26 March 2018 Malaysia
Caring for mangroves is a simple, straightforward love affair. Just by setting them free from vicious anthropogenic disturbances, they in return shall unconditionally defend and serve us to the best of their ability. As a matter of fact, they have been doing this for a very long time. Mangrove forests provide multiple ecosystem services and benefits to humans and nature. Their full functions and roles…
Published on 26 March 2018 Cambodia
"ADB has an ambitious plan to provide annual climate financing of 6 billion U.S. dollars by 2020 from its own resources," said Bambang Susantono, ADB vice-president for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development. "The funding from GCF will complement this effort and help our developing member countries address the effects of climate change and meet their commitments under the Paris climate agreement," Susantono added. In 2017…
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