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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
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 Vietnam
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 Singapore
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…
Published on 21 November 2019 Myanmar
Up to 152 km of rural roads will be upgraded at a cost of US$51.2 million (RM212 million) by the Asia Development Bank (ADB) in Myanmar. The all-weather and climate-resilient roads will be built to benefit communities of some 150 villages in the Ayeyarwady and Magwe regions, according to The Myanmar Times. In a statement by the financial institution that is dedicated to reducing poverty…
Published on 14 October 2019 Southeast Asia
The consequences of climate change are getting worse as each day passes. From shrinking ice caps to drawn-out drought seasons, it seems that every country across the globe has experienced some sort of impact from the drastic changes in weather patterns. And one of climate change’s victims, Southeast Asia’s trans-boundary river, the Mekong River is in danger. In full: https://sea.mashable.com/science/6570/climate-change-is-causing-dire-consequences-for-the-greater-mekong-region
Published on 14 October 2019 by U Ohn Win and Peter Batchelor Myanmar
Read article here: https://www.mmtimes.com/news/climate-change-matters-myanmar.html
Published on 14 October 2019 Malaysia
MALAYSIA’S new economic development blueprint, Shared Prosperity 2030, could potentially herald a new era for the nation, one that is centered on widespread sustainable development activities that reach out and empower the masses and has the real potential to create fair and just prosperity, uplifting millions of Malaysians left behind. With Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his speech at the 74th United Nations…
Published on 14 October 2019 Malaysia
Closures affect millions of students as toxic haze from forest fires send air quality plummeting in the region. Thousands of schools have been ordered closed across Malaysia and Indonesia on Thursday, affecting at least 1.7 million students, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires in Indonesia sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to suspend classes in Malaysia - including nearly 300 in the smog-hit…
Published on 14 October 2019 Indonesia
Forest fires raging across Indonesia have sent air quality levels across Southeast Asia plummeting as they belch out emissions that aggravate global warming. The country's palm oil industry bears much of the blame for the out-of-control blazes critics say, as producers burn land to make way for their plantations. The pulp-and-paper sector has also come in for criticism over the issue, as have small-scale farmers who use…
Published on 14 October 2019 Singapore
Its score for environmental quality fell 16 points over a year. Singapore can do more to improve its environmental quality in its efforts to tackle climate change, according to the 2019 Social Progress Index. This year, the Lion City ranked 27th out of 149 countries, the highest in Southeast Asia. Last year, in its first year on the index, the country placed 23rd out of…
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