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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 Thailand
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…
Published on 30 January 2019 Thailand
The project, backed by the German and Thai governments and by some of the world’s largest rice traders and food companies, has seen 3,000 other farmers in this corner of Thailand’s “rice basket” near the Cambodian border trained to grow sustainable rice according to the principles of a revolutionary agronomical system discovered by accident in Madagascar in the 1980s. Jesuit priest Henri de Lalanié…
Published on 30 January 2019 Cambodia
PHNOM PENH – In an effort to reduce the impact of drought on two of Cambodia’s most at-risk provinces, Kampot and Takeo, UNDP Cambodia and DanChurchAid have joined together to establish two new provincial drought information hubs and to train farmers and local communities in climate-resilient agriculture. The initiative marks another in a series of partnerships forged by UNDP under a project strengthening climate…
Published on 30 January 2019 Southeast Asia
“The main reason approximately 32 million hectares [320,000 square kilometers, or 123,550 square miles] of mangroves globally have been brought down to 15 million hectares [150,000 square kilometers, or 57,900 square miles] is land use change,” Böer said. This decline has occurred over the last 50 years. “That includes agricultural development, that includes the establishment of shrimp farms and other coastal development projects.” According…
Published on 28 January 2019 Global
Their favorite meal, herring, abounds, but climate change means both predator and prey must increasingly migrate further north. The clear and calm waters of Reisafjorden, in Norway’s Far North, have in recent years become the winter playground of the Scandinavian country’s killer whale population. At three degrees Celsius (37 Fahrenheit), the cold water is perfect for the herring which, ahead of the spawning season…
Published on 24 January 2019 Feature
Using plastic scraps she sourced from Davao, Ms. D’Aboville’s installation is called Everything, Everywhere, Everyone. With a smiling emoticon, teased BusinessWorld via e-mail: “Can you guess what it’s about? :)” Since plastic is found everywhere in the Philippines — the country is the third largest contributor to ocean plastic pollution in the world — the artist didn’t have problems sourcing her materials. “I’ve been…
Published on 20 January 2019 Cambodia
As far as bodies of water go, Cambodia is mostly known for the Mekong River. It provides fish and transport for millions of people and has become a romantic locale within Indochina. Read more: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2182891/cambodias-tonle-sap-lake-where-fishermen-have-no-fish-and Source: South China Morning Post | 20 January 2019
Published on 20 January 2019 Singapore
This was thrice the number reported over the same two-week period in January last year, said Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor yesterday. Over the past year, dengue cases have climbed as well. There were 3,285 incidents last year, almost 20 percent more than in 2017. In a Facebook post, Dr Khor said higher temperatures and rainfall patterns…
Published on 15 January 2019 Global
Scientists at the US-based advocacy group the Environmental Defense Fund suggest the short-term warming impact of these additional gases in the atmosphere could be equivalent to 1,200 coal power plants. Considering the importance of rice as a staple food crop, providing more calories to the global population than any other food, the researchers have recommended ways to adapt farming practices and make its cultivation…
Published on 15 January 2019 Myanmar
Dr Aaron Russell, Ingvild Solvang, Luis Miguel Aparicio and Programme Officer Thiha Aung met with remote communities and Forest Department on the Delta to discuss community forest restoration activities. The establishment of community forestry projects is seen as a useful means to stabilize and reforest mangrove forests. Local communities strongly recognize the importance of mangroves to provide households with firewood, house and boat building…
Published on 15 January 2019 Myanmar
Potential outcomes of fuel efficient cookstoves for climate change. In a series of workshops and site visits around the Delta, GGGI facilitated discussions as to why distribution and usage of fuel-efficient cookstoves remain low. Cookstove manufacturers discussed barriers to their production, including costs and difficulties with attaining and transporting raw materials, a lack of access to start-up finances, labor-intensive manufacturing process, and a lack…
Published on 15 January 2019 Myanmar
“We gave three years of hard work in planting these trees. Now they are growing tall. Soon, they will be the biggest assets of our people,” he says, pointing at the forest and the tiny dot of houses that appear on the horizon. The restored mangrove forest in Shwe Thaung Yan sub township in Ayyerwady region of Myanmar. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS Mangroves in Myanmar…
Published on 15 January 2019 Malaysia
Holistic, Structured At Malaysia Airports, we are keenly observing the global trends. And we are translating many of them into action. To begin with, Malaysia Airports’ CSR is a subset of its corporate sustainability framework and is embedded within the community-friendly organization strategy (see diagram). It covers all-touch points of the company. These include employees, community, environment and ethical business practices. Our community-friendly…
Published on 15 January 2019 Thailand
Parks and “green roofs” planted with vegetation soak up rain during the annual monsoon and help dense urban centers like Bangkok adapt to climate change, Kotchakorn said. “We need to be thinking about everything we build in the context of mitigating climate change impact. It can’t be just about aesthetics, but also about serving a purpose,” she said. “This was Bangkok’s first park in…
Published on 14 January 2019 Malaysia
Some 90% of the world’s waste is exported, but just 9% of it is recycled. The remainder is either burnt, stored in landfill, or dumped. China’s ban changed the dynamics of the recycling industry China introduced a ban on the import of any plastic less than 99.5% pure in January 2018. It had an enormous impact on the global recycling market, which is worth…
Published on 14 January 2019 Malaysia
EU should reconsider the proposal so that it does not affect the livelihood of small farmers, Tiow WengTheongsaid. He said Malaysia had taken the necessary steps and successfully implemented environmental control measures while enhancing the community’s living standards through oil palm cultivation activities. The EU had claimed that Malaysia cultivated oil palm at the expense of damaging the environment, affecting climate change and impacting…
Published on 14 January 2019 Thailand
Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on Friday Koh Samui appeared to have been spared the brunt of the storm. By Friday evening, the rain there had stopped, said Joe Kieta, an American visitor. “So it seems like the worst is past us.” Kieta, the editor of California’s Fresno Bee newspaper, said in an email that roads on the island had light debris, his…
Published on 14 January 2019 Feature
For Amy Jordan, 40, of Salt Lake City, a mother of three teenage children, the report caused a “crisis.” “The emotional reaction of my kids was severe,” she told NBC News. “There was a lot of crying. They told me, 'We know what’s coming, and it’s going to be really rough.’" She struggled too because there wasn't much she could do for them. “I…
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