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Published on 18 June 2019 Cambodia
There’s plenty of awareness among youth today surrounding the current climate crisis, thanks to young activists like Greta Thunberg who has inspired others to push for reform. Schools have been urged to do their part, by not only incorporating sustainability practices in schools but also educating kids on how to be more environmentally-conscious. But how many are actually doing so? In Cambodia, schools really are…
Published on 18 June 2019 by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz Southeast Asia
Man-made pollution continues to be a major threat to the survival of biodiversity and ecosystems across the ASEAN region, according to the Philippines-based ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB). Man-made pollution continues to be a major threat to the survival of biodiversity and ecosystems across the ASEAN region, according to the Philippines-based ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB). The celebration of the World Environment Day on June…
Published on 18 June 2019 Singapore
The notoriously difficult-to-predict El Niño weather pattern that clouded Singapore in a haze crisis four years ago could be back in some form this year. But this time, the Republic will be better prepared for it. Read more.
Published on 30 May 2019 Thailand
Guwahati: While oceans are regularly coughing up tonnes of plastic dumped through years, a supermarket in Thailand has initiated a small yet significant step towards reducing single-use plastic-- using banana leaves instead of polythene for packing all fruits and vegetables. While reaffirming us that sustainable living without excessive use of plastic is possible, this move also makes us reminisce about such green packaging which we ignore…
Published on 30 May 2019 by INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (CIAT) Vietnam
Through cost-saving practices for coffee, rice, corn, and livestock production, Vietnam can take steps to meet Paris Agreement commitments, says a study that highlights climate action potential for agriculture, forestry and land use in SE Asia As nations look toward 2020, when they will take stock of their actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement, many are seeking ways to increase…
Published on 30 May 2019 Timor-Leste
East Timor generates about 70 tonnes of plastic waste each day, most of which is collected from beaches and urban areas, then burned in the open In a region where seas are awash with trash, East Timor is set to become the world's first country to recycle all its plastic waste after it teamed up with Australian researchers on Friday to build a revolutionary recycling…
Published on 30 May 2019 Singapore
Warnings about the global impact of climate change continue to mount. And Northeastern student Ryan Maia has heard these warnings. But working on a research project in Singapore compelled him to him turn his attention more toward the solutions to climate change than the risks it poses to people and the environment. In 2017, Maia visited Singapore and interviewed government officials, leaders at non-governmental organizations,…
Published on 30 May 2019 Philippines
"It was so beautiful here before... Children were playing in the streets," San Jose said, adding: "Now we always need to use a boat." Most of the former residents have scattered to other parts of the region. Just a handful of families remain in Pariahan, which had its own elementary school, a basketball court, and a chapel before the water flowed in. These days just…
Published on 29 May 2019 Philippines
As early as January 2019, farming communities in the municipalities of Pigkawayan in North Cotabato and Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao, both located on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines, have started early action planning to prepare for dry conditions brought on by El Niño. This El Niño has been affecting the country since March, and its effects will likely last through August 2019. The…
Published on 29 May 2019 Myanmar
A new initiative will introduce sustainable rice-growing practices to farmers across Myanmar, with the goal of reducing vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, project partners announced today. The Climate Smart Rice Project will introduce sustainable standards and best practices to 4,000 smallholder farmers around Mandalay, southern Shan, Mon and Bago over the coming three years, working closely with the Government of Myanmar and the…
Published on 29 May 2019 Malaysia
Malaysia can generate 1.4 times more electricity if all the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia are fitted with solar panels, compared with the conventional electricity generation of fossil fuel burning. Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said there are over 4.12 million buildings with solar rooftop potential in the peninsula. If all these buildings are fitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems,…
Published on 28 May 2019 Malaysia
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Published on 7 May 2019 Indonesia
The number of hotspots in restored peatlands in Indonesia has dropped by nearly 93 percent since 2015, on the back of restoration efforts. The figure was revealed on Thursday (May 2) by the head of Indonesia's peatland restoration agency Nazir Foead, on the sidelines of the 6th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources. Indonesia in 2016 launched an initiative to restore peatlands as part of efforts to tackle…
Published on 7 May 2019 Cambodia
By providing daily information, users can help create smarter policy on food security, deforestation and other issues, officials say. Yin Socheat, a 29-year-old Cambodian farmer, is immersed in her smartphone - but it isn’t the latest viral meme she’s looking at. Instead, it’s the pilot for a new app that she hopes will help secure a better future for herself and her family, as climate change…
Published on 16 April 2019 Myanmar
Weather will be hotter than usual in this year and Myanmar may face water shortage due to El Niño and late monsoon arrival, said meteorologist Chit Kyaw. “El Niño could bring some weather changes in this year and all meteorologists forecasted that the arrival of monsoon will be late. There will be litter rain in early monsoon season. It will kill paddy planted for early…
Published on 11 April 2019 Vietnam
NDO – As a leading attractive destination in the region, Vietnam has seen spectacular and strong growths in tourism and defined green tourism as a ‘key’ for the sector’s sustainable development. According to the Institute for Tourism Development Research, green tourism is known as tourism development based on the rational and efficient exploitation of natural resources, in association with environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, the reduction…
Published on 11 April 2019 by The Beam Feature
Environmental activist Nguy Thi Khanh has been working for the socially just development of Vietnam and Southeast Asia for almost 20 years, and received the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work to push Vietnam’s energy transition. Ms. Khanh started working with indigenous communities in the mountains area of Vietnam, focusing mainly on local development and women’s empowerment before diving into energy development and advocating…
Published on 11 April 2019 Malaysia
KUANTAN, MALAYSIA — Companies and governments around the world are anxiously watching the fate of a sprawling industrial facility 30 kilometers north of this city on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. The 100-hectare Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) produces 10% of the world’s output of rare earth oxides (REOs), minerals needed in technologies including mobile phones, hard drives, fiber optic cables, surgical lasers, and cruise…
Published on 11 April 2019 Cambodia
PHNOM SROK DISTRICT, BANTAEY MEANCHEY PROVINCE, CAMBODIA — Built atop the bones of the dead, Trapaing Thmar reservoir is largest irrigation project built by the Khmer Rouge regime. Today, it is running dry amid one of the worst droughts to hit Cambodia in living memory. In northwestern Cambodia, more than 400 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the vast protected area serves as a crucially important source of…
Published on 2 April 2019 Malaysia
Palm oil has become a key ingredient in everyday goods from biofuels to chocolate, leading to a production boom in the world’s top two growers, Indonesia and Malaysia. But green groups blame rapid expansion of plantations for laying waste to the jungle that is home to orangutans and other animals, as well as tribespeople’s lands, and sustained environmental campaigns have damaged its image in the…
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