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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…
Published on 21 February 2019 Southeast Asia
But a recent study published in the scientific journal Conservation Letters spells new hope for Borneo’s forests. Using a data set spanning nearly two decades, researchers from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) found that the expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo has actually slowed since 2012. Using satellite imagery, the researchers measured total forest loss, how much plantation…
Published on 21 February 2019
‘Bangkok Wakes to Rain” should come with a mop. This teeming debut novel by Pitchaya Sudbanthad re-creates the experience of living in Thailand’s aqueous climate so viscerally that you can feel the water rising around your ankles. But Sudbanthad’s skills are more than just meteorological. A native of Thailand now living in New York, he captures the nation’s lush history in all its turbulence and…
Published on 21 February 2019
According to a press statement released on Monday, over 600 libraries nationwide will participate in the project by promoting digital libraries, e-books, green traveling such as using bicycles and reducing the use of paper and plastic and recycling waste. SET Senior Executive Vice President Krisada Sektrakul quoted by the statement, said that libraries can be learning centers that play vital roles in educating and…
Published on 21 February 2019
The Thai-coast project, led by Professor Cherith Moses from Edge Hill University, together withDrKanchana Nakhapakorn from Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom, has received a total project funding value of £591,750 from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Thailand Research Fund, funded through the Newton Fund in Thailand. In Thailand, the problems of coastal erosion and…
Published on 21 February 2019
They said that if the global temperature kept rising, there was a 50 percent chance the global average temperature in 2019 will break the previous year's record and become the second-hottest year ever in history. Due to the forecast for scorching heat in Thailand this summer, the Disease Control Department's Occupational and Environmental Diseases Bureau director, Dr Chantana Padungtod, has urged people to be…
Published on 20 February 2019 Malaysia
Sustainable consumption is an activity defined by population growth, economic activities, technology choices, social values, and policies. In stimulating sustainable consumption, the involvement of the government in environmental issues is fundamental. The role of government is necessary to provide supervision and legislation. The degree of global climate change as evidenced by global warming, ozone layer depletion and a variety of other problem have boosted…
Published on 20 February 2019 Myanmar
An El Niño in the Pacific Ocean means it will be hotter than normal this summer, though meteorological and hydrological analysts say the El Niño may be weak. “It will be hotter than 2008’s summer but not as extreme as the one in 2016,” he said. Myanmar has experienced extreme heat in summer for nearly a decade. The National Oceanic…
Published on 19 February 2019 Feature
Despite the growth in coverage, dialogue, and action to address climate change, food and agriculture remain far from the conversation. And yet we know that food and agriculture play a major role in the production of global greenhouse gas emissions—as much as 24 percent by some estimates. Take the recent interactive report from the New York Times highlighting the ways in which countries can…
Published on 19 February 2019 Feature
Her response – to the news that a nation of all the world’s cows would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after China and the US – garnered laughs in the recording studio and a jokey rebuke from former Irish president Mary Robinson: “Maeve, we want some intelligent solutions, please.” It was a moment of levity in a mostly serious discussion of how…
Published on 17 February 2019 Feature
Their demands are uncompromising: Nations must commit to cutting fossil-fuel emissions in half in the next 10 years to avoid catastrophic global warming. And their message is firm: Kids are done waiting for adults to save their world. "Mom, this is so cool," Alexandria says, as she reads the latest list of countries where kids have pledged to participate in a global strike: Australia…
Published on 15 February 2019
Signed by DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and IRRI Director General Matthew Morell, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) highlights areas of collaboration between DA and IRRI that prioritize rice and rice-based research and development projects geared toward increasing yield, income and cropping intensity, reducing cost and postharvest losses, and enhancing marketing and resiliency to changing climate. “This renewed partnership solidifies IRRI and the DA’s commitment…
Published on 11 February 2019
White egrets at the Candaba Swamp Occasionally, we heard chirping sounds from a distance, adding to our excitement. As we drew near the area where hundreds of native and migratory birds flock during the migration season, the chirping sounds became louder and clearer. “Look, there’s one,” Gregg Yan, an environmentalist and conservation communication specialist whispered to a blogger next to him…
Published on 8 February 2019
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1082921/cavite-barangay-gives-kilo-of-rice-in-exchange-for-kilo-of-plastic Source: Inquirer | 8 February 2019
Published on 7 February 2019 Cambodia
So, how to boost fish stocks without hampering people’s ability to eat and make a living? One answer is to establish freshwater protected areas, new research finds. A study recently published in the journal Ecological Modeling by Lee Hannah, senior scientist for climate change biology at Conservation International, and co-authors, found that establishing protected areas within freshwater fisheries can actually help pull local communities…
Published on 6 February 2019 Myanmar
From endangered to endangering Mangrove trees can store five times the amount of C02 as terrestrial trees and provide a range of other vital functions to protect life below water and on land. “Mangroves are often underappreciated, but they are in fact super-ecosystems that are critical for food security, coastal protection, water quality, and climate regulation,” said Gabriel Grimsditch, a coastal ecosystem expert at…
Published on 1 February 2019
Schools forced to close and residents fear for their health; experts say the government is doing too little too late. Suthasi hasn’t left the house in four days. But the 21-year-old law student isn’t buried under a pile of books, she is staying inside because she fears that breathing Bangkok’s toxic air will damage her health. “When I look out of the window, it’s all…
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