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Published on 14 February 2020 Cambodia
For more than half a century, January meant the prime fishing season for Pang Bin. He took his wooden boat out into Cambodia's largest lake, his catches and their sales sustaining his family for much of the year. This month, the 75-year-old decided to call it quits, but not because of age or any health concerns. "No fish," he shrugged. "Just very, very poor. I've…
Published on 7 February 2020 Philippines
From being second in 2014 and third from 2015 until 2018, the Philippines improved its ranking and now ranks as the ninth riskiest country worldwide as a consequence of extreme weather events, according to the latest World Risk Index. The country’s index is at 20.69 — an improvement from 28.25 (second) in 2014, 27.98 (third) in 2015, 26.70 (third) in 2016, 27.69 (third) in 2017…
Published on 7 February 2020 Malaysia
Penang’s climate adaption programme centered on nature-based solutions has been named the winner of the inaugural Climathon Global Awards under the Cities category. It was selected for the honor from a pool of more than 100 applications. Penang state exco Jagdeep Singh Deo, who announced the achievement, said Penang topped the list out of five city finalists with its programme that is a multi-agency collaborative…
Published on 7 February 2020 by Ercel Maandig Philippines
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- This city will host the third Philippine Environment Summit on February 26-28 this year, which will focus on discussions about climate change. Dr. Angelina Galang, president of Green Convergence that organizes the event, said Friday the summit will showcase programs and projects that contribute to the country’s social and economic advancement while protecting the environment. “Global warming and its flip…
Published on 21 January 2020 Cambodia
It's a resource used in global construction and mined from rivers and coasts across the world. Now new research, as part of a project led by the University of Southampton, has shown sand mining is causing river beds to lower, leading to riverbank instability and increasing the likelihood of dangerous riverbank collapse, damaging infrastructure and housing and putting lives at risk. The new research has…
Published on 21 January 2020 Philippines
Janice Lao, who steered the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Group’s shift away from single-use plastics last year, talks about being a sustainability leader, supporting her daughter’s burgeoning awareness of climate change, and her unsustainable guilty pleasure. When Janice Lao took the helm of sustainability at one of Asia’s oldest and most prestigious hotel groups three years ago, she had already spent more than a decade…
Published on 21 January 2020 Cambodia
13 years ago, we asked the question – what might the weather bring us fifty years from now? Back in 2007, Cambodia was witnessing super cyclones one year, drought the next. Today, with extreme weather become a yearly reality and the clock ticking before the region reaches an environmental tipping point, the situation is showing few signs of improvement There is little wonder why ancient…
Published on 21 January 2020 Southeast Asia
When the normally murky brown Mekong River turned a brilliant blue late last year, villagers in northeastern Thailand were surprised. Then, this week, unusually large patches of green algae appeared, clogging up nets and making it almost impossible to fish. Both the Mekong's strange color and the algae have heightened worries about the health of the river that more than 60 million people in Southeast…
Published on 17 January 2020 Feature
Questioning the environmental impact of what we choose to grow and how we choose to consume it is key to countering the climate crisis. Producers, farmers, chefs, and consumers were all increasing the quality and quantity of their environmentally-conscious food choices in 2019. This trend should only continue into 2020 as they set the agenda against the backdrop of the worsening climate and ecological crisis.…
Published on 17 January 2020 by Rishi Iyengar, CNN Business Global
Microsoft is making an ambitious commitment to eliminate its carbon footprint by pledging to go "carbon negative" in the next decade and investing $1 billion to help develop clean technologies. The tech giant said Thursday it will seek to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030. "While the world will need to reach net-zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and…
Published on 17 December 2019 Cambodia
Cambodia is experiencing more flooding in its wet season and longer droughts in the dry season, both of which threaten the livelihoods of 80 percent of Cambodia’s population who rely mostly on crop production. Many farmers have been forced to abandon the fields. Watch: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-12-11/Climate-changes-impact-on-farmers-in-Cambodia-MkDgCivB28/index.html
Published on 17 December 2019 Philippines
With the drastic effects of climate change now heavily experienced on a global scale, we have come to the point of no return. This is all the more undeniable in the case of the Philippines, where greater environmental hurdles burgeon. Greenpeace has recognized the Philippines as the “third-worst polluter into the world’s oceans” — an ironic reality for what was once known as the eighth largest fish…
Published on 17 December 2019 by Dan Steinbock Philippines
By international comparison, the Philippines should not necessarily suffer from major water crises. So, why has Metro Manila turned into a Cape Town? According to data by World Resources International (WRI), 17 countries — home to one-quarter of the world’s population — are coping with “extremely high” levels of baseline water stress. That’s because irrigated agriculture, industries, and municipalities withdraw annually more than 80 percent…
Published on 17 December 2019 Indonesia
Extensive wildfire disasters, such as recently reported in Australia, Indonesia, and the United States, adversely affect communities, economies, and ecosystems. More generally, they contribute to air pollution and global warming and indicate that existing mechanisms to deal with wildfire, centered around disaster risk management, are insufficient. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and other emissions from peatland and forest wildfires contribute substantially to the global greenhouse effect, thus…
Published on 17 December 2019
Tran Thi Phuong Tien remembers when the floods came. Sitting at her cafe in Hue city, where she roasts her own coffee beans and serves sizzling beef that draws customers from the other side of the Perfume River, she recalls how Tropical Storm Eve hit the coast in October of 1999, pounding the region with more than its monthly average of rain in just a…
Published on 17 December 2019
BCD Travel predicts an increasing preference for green travel as executives strive to achieve climate-neutral journeys. In its new online report, How to Travel Beyond 2020, BCD Travel identifies the sustainability and mobility trends for 2020 and beyond. Research shows that every dollar spent on business travel results in USD12.50 in incremental revenue, and prospective clients are 50% more likely to sign a contract after…
Published on 17 December 2019 Global
From Asia to South America, indigenous women’s movements work together demanding more presence and recognition worldwide as frontline fighters against climate change. “Women have a crucial role in many aspects and we can contribute to the solution of the climate change,” Pirawan Wongnithisathaporn, from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (Thailand), told EFE. As the ones who directly suffer the global warming effects, women from indigenous communities…
Published on 21 November 2019 Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: Digital technology will play a critical role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), although innovation will most likely affect progress in both positive and negative ways, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He said the deployment of new technologies is seen to be essential in achieving the SDGs, considering the need for accelerated progress to fulfill the goals by…
Published on 21 November 2019 Indonesia
Young environmental activist Greta Thunberg's famous quote "listen to the scientists", during her meeting with the US Congress is a clarion call for policy-makers to take steps to save the planet. The scientific consensus on the climate crisis and the need to take immediate action is clear. New reports are being released regularly. Yet the problems of climate change are not only problems of science and technology. They are also moral, ethical…
Published on 21 November 2019 Global
We only have a decade to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. That's the warning the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) put out last year. But so far, nations are not slashing emissions enough to keep Earth's temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — the threshold established in the Paris climate agreement.  "What we know is that…
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