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Published on 14 January 2019 Malaysia
EU should reconsider the proposal so that it does not affect the livelihood of small farmers, Tiow WengTheongsaid. He said Malaysia had taken the necessary steps and successfully implemented environmental control measures while enhancing the community’s living standards through oil palm cultivation activities. The EU had claimed that Malaysia cultivated oil palm at the expense of damaging the environment, affecting climate change and…
Published on 14 January 2019 Thailand
Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on Friday Koh Samui appeared to have been spared the brunt of the storm. By Friday evening, the rain there had stopped, said Joe Kieta, an American visitor. “So it seems like the worst is past us.” Kieta, the editor of California’s Fresno Bee newspaper, said in an email that roads on the island had light…
Published on 14 January 2019 Feature
For Amy Jordan, 40, of Salt Lake City, a mother of three teenage children, the report caused a “crisis.” “The emotional reaction of my kids was severe,” she told NBC News. “There was a lot of crying. They told me, 'We know what’s coming, and it’s going to be really rough.’" She struggled too because there wasn't much she could do for them…
Published on 14 January 2019 Global
So far, advocates and politicians have tended to focus on reducing fossil fuel consumption through technology and/or policy, such as a steep carbon tax, as climate solutions. These proposals are, of course, essential to reducing manmade carbon emissions—71 percent of which are generated by just 100 fossil fuel companies. For this reason, fossil-fuel–related emissions reductions rightly figure heavily in the national climate commitments of the…
Published on 13 January 2019 Philippines
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1072421/climate-change-toll-on-ph-agriculture-in-2018-p36b#ixzz5fBQ1zx5C Source: Inquirer | 13 January 2019
Published on 6 December 2018 Global
The study examines 10 major climate-related issues facing farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and proposes site-specific CSA remedies. These include rotating rice fields with peanuts in Vietnam, manual blight control for cacao in Nicaragua, and planting drought-tolerant varieties of beans and maize alongside each other in Uganda. Where additional investment is required, initial rates of return on investment range from 17 percent…
Published on 6 December 2018 Thailand
Women play a significant role in the local fishing industry and rely on Pattani Bay for nutrient-rich foods to feed their families. Lamai Manakarn, an activist from the Pattani Southern Border Province, said that the developers of the planned Thepa coal plan declared “that coal and this coal plant project are clean energy and safe for us.” Community members have indicated that the…
Published on 6 December 2018 Global
The Annual Meetings took place in the wake of a new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in early October, which warned that governments have just 12 years to reduce global greenhouse (GHG) emissions by 45per cent to avert irreversible global warming and limit global average temperature rise to 1.5°C. Countries’ current Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement (NDCs) put…
Published on 15 November 2018 Cambodia
Read the article here: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2018/10/13/rubbish-man-schools-children-initiative-gives-street-kids-an-education-while-they-clean-up-cambodia/ Source: Star Online | 13 October 2018
Published on 15 November 2018 Cambodia
All photographs by Thomas Cristofoletti. Blood Bricks: Untold Stories of Modern Slavery and Climate Change from Cambodia is on at the Building Centre, London WC1E until 31 October Click here to visit the photographs. Source: The Guardian…
Published on 11 November 2018 Global
Global heating and ocean acidification have already severely bleached 16 to 33% of all warm-water reefs, but the remainder is vulnerable to even a fraction of a degree more warming, said David Obura, chair of the Coral Specialist Group in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. “It will be like lots of lights blinking off,” he told the Observer. “It won’t happen…
Published on 11 November 2018 Philippines
"Now some of them are complaining because they have to find money to buy rice," he said. Rice is the most important staple in Asia, where the term "having a meal" literally means "eating rice" in many languages. Asia produces over 90 percent of the world's rice and consumes over 80 percent of it. Global consumption of rice is expected to grow even…
Published on 11 November 2018 Philippines
But what about climate change? While not all disasters are related to climate change, (e.g. earthquakes and volcanoes), between 1995 and 2015, 90% of major disasters were caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heat waves, droughts, and other weather-related events. And evidence shows that these extreme events are linked and made more severe due to human-induced climate change, magnifying poverty and inequality, bringing the most…
Published on 9 November 2018 Malaysia
Read content here: https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/11/09/one-key-to-change-is-on-our-plates/ Source: Star Online | 9 November 2018
Published on 9 November 2018 Singapore
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Department of Geography at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, indicates that nations with large coastlines could expand these ecosystems to further counteract their fossil fuel emissions. These findings were published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters on 24 October 2018. With the recent Paris Agreement setting a target for all nations to…
Published on 7 November 2018 Feature
'Part of the solution' Dickson described the realization as her "Matrix" moment: "I took that red pill and then I couldn't turn back," she said. So, at 26, she decided to quit her job and do something about it. "I wanted to do something to be part of the solution instead of being part…
Published on 29 October 2018 Global
Since 2010, new plant varieties have been developed in molecular laboratories using new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), including tilling, protoplast fusion, cisgenesis, oligonucleotide techniques, CRISPR-Cas9 and Talen, with CRISPR-Cas9 being more prominent than the rest. With these methods, there is no transfer of a gene from a foreign species like there is with GMOs. On the contrary, new varieties are created by silencing the target…
Published on 19 October 2018 Global
In Bangladesh, low-lying and vulnerable to yearly flooding, farmers are shifting from raising chickens to raising ducks. Ducks can swim. In the Philippines, where half the mangrove forests have been lost to development, biologists are replanting the trees to recreate nature’s protective coastal shield against deadly typhoons. The gnarled tangle of mangrove roots slows the movement of tidal…
Published on 16 October 2018 Singapore
Corteva, for instance, has access to seven million farmers in South and Southeast Asia through its educational and outreach schemes, while Irri has expertise in rice genetics. Mr Peter Ford, president ofCorteva Agriscience (Asia-Pacific), said: "Our shared goal for this partnership is to help rice farmers to become more productive and sustainable." Irri director-general Matthew Morell said Singapore's importance to international…
Published on 15 October 2018 Southeast Asia
Kuala Lumpur — The world’s largest collection of rice varieties has secured indefinite funding in what officials say will be crucial for the development of seeds resilient to the effects of climate change. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will sign an agreement with Bonn-based non-profit the Crop Trust on Tuesday in Singapore to secure $1.4m a year to fund IRRI’s rice gene bank…
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