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Published on 8 May 2014 Global
The observatory is NASA's first satellite mission dedicated to studying carbon dioxide, a critical component of Earth's carbon cycle that is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate. It replaces a nearly identical spacecraft lost due to a rocket launch mishap in February 2009. OCO-2 will provide a new tool for understanding both the sources of carbon dioxide emissions and the natural…
Published on 8 May 2014
"Polar regions have gained substantial attention because they are experiencing a very high temperature increase. Polar climates will shrink in area, providing reduced habitat for arctic and subarctic species, but climate change is more than melting ice. Warming in the tropics will create entirely novel climatic conditions, currently not experienced by species anywhere else on Earth. Whether species will be able to adapt to these…
Published on 8 May 2014 Myanmar
Besides, cooperation for putting Inlay Lake into world heritage list, implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), promoting cooperation with NGOs in environmental conservation tasks, development and poverty alleviation schemes were also covered by the two countries’ intention. Conservation of water resources, development of ecotourism industry and enhancement of technology expertise and human resources between Myanmar and Norway were also brought to the…
Published on 8 May 2014 Singapore
NTU said it hopes this move will transform it into one of the most environmentally-friendly campuses in the world. The EcoCampus initiative was launched by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, S Iswaran, on Wednesday. Typically, the temperature in a room in one of NTU’s buildings would be turned up when it is empty, to save electricity. But the seven chillers which remove heat from…
Published on 8 May 2014
This initiative is also envisaged to effectively reduce domestic palm oil inventory to below one million tonnes, and provide a floor price to support CPO prices at RM2,000 per tonne, says Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) senior research officer Yung Chee Liang at a recent palm oil conference. The B5 implementation was launched in phases, starting with the central region (Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur Selangor, Selangor…
Published on 8 May 2014
But aid agencies say Haiyan is likely to just be the overture. The rising intensity of tropical storms, combined with their increasingly unseasonal timings, means rebuilding may be incomplete when the next super typhoon hits. This would compound the disaster into a catastrophe. Tariq Reibl, Oxfam's humanitarian response manager for the Philippines, says that climate change will mean destructive storms, disastrous enough in isolation, will…
Published on 8 May 2014
"These are alarm bells," said Nina Bednarsek, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle who helped lead the research. "This study makes us understand that we have made an impact on the ocean environment to the extent where we can actually see the shells dissolving right now." Scientists from NOAA and Oregon State University found that in waters near the West…
Published on 8 May 2014 Vietnam
Ru Cha is a mangrove forest located along the Tam lagoon in the province's Huong Phong Commune. It is also a protection forest, home to different types of aquatic species, a breeding ground for migratory birds and a potential destination for ecological tourism. The project, which is aimed at raising awareness of the local authorities and residents of mangrove forest and also conserving biodiversity in…
Published on 8 May 2014 Indonesia
We must accept the fact that Jakarta’s hydrological balance has degraded over past decades due to the city’s rapid urbanization being unsupported by adequate capacity in water infrastructure. Moreover, Jakarta has experienced uncontrolled urban land-use mismanagement, where many open, public, waterscape and green areas have been sacrificed to become commercial land plots. A higher amount of builtup areas with decreasing green areas will accelerate…
Published on 8 May 2014
Coal-driven climate change The climate crisis worsens as fossil fuels continue to drive up greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause global warming, according to the International Energy Agency. In the 2011 emissions trends, coal contributed the largest chunk of carbon dioxide emissions - about 44% - among all fossil fuels. The trend is already being reflected in Third World countries like the Philippines where transnational…
Published on 8 May 2014
Read article here: https://www.thestar.com.my/News/Environment/2014/04/21/One-dads-duty-is-to-turn-his-sons-school-green/ Source: The Star Online |21 April 2014 
Published on 8 May 2014 Vietnam
"But now, everything has changed and become so wonderful! The canal now is so clean and beautiful!" Though I am not a native, I know what Hang means. I have lived in HCM City for nearly 20 years and the transformation of its canals is the most impressive of all the changes I have seen here to date. When I first moved here, the canals…
Published on 2 May 2014 Indonesia
Better access to clean water has improved lives Mimin's family and many households in Gunung Sari Village, West Java, now have better access to clean water with support from the World Bank’s Water Supply and Sanitation for Low-Income Communities project, which was jointly managed by the Water and Sanitation Program. Under the project, the village received grants to distribute water from springs in the mountains…
Published on 2 May 2014 Feature
“On some level, watching these milestones be passed is a lot like watching paint dry,” Jason Smerdon, a climate researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, told Climate Central in an email. “The upward march is neither surprising nor unexpected as a direct consequence of human activities; it is only alarming in the sense that it keeps happening unabated.” Scientists expected the 400 ppm mark…
Published on 2 May 2014
Researchers studied the behavior of coral reef fish at naturally occurring CO2 vents in Milne Bay, in eastern Papua New Guinea. They found that fish living near the vents, where bubbles of CO2 seeped into the water, “were attracted to predator odor, did not distinguish between odors of different habitats, and exhibited bolder behavior than fish from control reefs.” The gung-ho nature of CO2-affected fish…
Published on 2 May 2014
The report focused on what humans can still do to reduce the greenhouse gases emitted in the atmosphere and causing the Earth to warm up. The Philippines has 17 coal plants all over the country, combusting coal to produce energy. Every year, they spew 32.1 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), the greenhouse gas with the highest concentrations in the atmosphere, according to the Philippine…
Published on 2 May 2014
Coloma said that Resolution 6 by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) authorizes the dialogue with Worldwatch Institute for the design of “Sustainable Power System: A Roadmap for the Philippines.” Through the resolution, the CCC officially invites Alexander Ochs, director of the Climate and Energy Worldwatch Institute, to discuss his offer to help the country design a sustainable power system. Meanwhile, Resolution 7, endorses the Black…
Published on 2 May 2014 Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the countries most severely affected by climate change, and its government, ministries and local authorities have been exerting great efforts to mitigate its impact. For a long time, the preferred solution has been to engage in infrastructural engineering and construction and other "hard" options – such as sea walls and dikes – rather than "soft" options such as conserving, restoring and…
Published on 2 May 2014 Indonesia
The exhibition, part of activities to commemorate of World Environment Day on June 5, will be held from May 29 until June 1 in Jakarta. Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said the ministry wanted to promote the protection of the coastal ecosystem to sound the alarm over the dangers of climate change. “The rising of earth’s temperature impacts sea levels. This will affect our coasts and…
Published on 2 May 2014
Tesda will fund the production costs and provide the training for assembling the lights while the MMDA will supply the manpower and identify the beneficiaries. The first of the four-watt solar street lights were put together Tuesday at the Tesda Women’s Center in Taguig City and installed on a footbridge on Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. The streetlights cost P2,500 each and utilize the “Liter…
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