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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
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
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
“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 Global
So far, advocates and politicians have tended to focus on reducing fossil fuel consumption through technology and/or policy, such as a steep carbon tax, as climate solutions. These proposals are, of course, essential to reducing manmade carbon emissions—71 percent of which are generated by just 100 fossil fuel companies. For this reason, fossil-fuel–related emissions reductions rightly figure heavily in the national climate commitments of…
Published on 13 January 2019 Philippines
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1072421/climate-change-toll-on-ph-agriculture-in-2018-p36b#ixzz5fBQ1zx5C Source: Inquirer | 13 January 2019
Published on 10 December 2018 Feature
The dangers of heat A warmer world means more and greater extremes in destructive and dangerous weather, such as heat waves, wildfires, droughts, flooding, and violent storms. There were 70 tropical cyclones or hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere in 2018, compared with the long-term average of 53. Powerful and often record-breaking storms brought devastation to the Mariana Islands, Philippines, Vietnam, Korea…
Published on 6 December 2018 Global
The study examines 10 major climate-related issues facing farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and proposes site-specific CSA remedies. These include rotating rice fields with peanuts in Vietnam, manual blight control for cacao in Nicaragua, and planting drought-tolerant varieties of beans and maize alongside each other in Uganda. Where additional investment is required, initial rates of return on investment range from 17 percent…
Published on 6 December 2018 Thailand
Women play a significant role in the local fishing industry and rely on Pattani Bay for nutrient-rich foods to feed their families. Lamai Manakarn, an activist from the Pattani Southern Border Province, said that the developers of the planned Thepa coal plan declared “that coal and this coal plant project are clean energy and safe for us.” Community members have indicated that the plant…
Published on 6 December 2018 Global
The Annual Meetings took place in the wake of a new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in early October, which warned that governments have just 12 years to reduce global greenhouse (GHG) emissions by 45per cent to avert irreversible global warming and limit global average temperature rise to 1.5°C. Countries’ current Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement (NDCs)…
Published on 15 November 2018 Cambodia
In return, needy kids like Bunthon, a former street beggar, can take computer, mathematics and language classes – and learn the value of reducing waste in a notoriously polluted country where recycling is nearly non-existent. “I’ve stopped begging ... it’s like I have another chance,” saidBunthon, who paid for his enrolment with a bag of discarded bottle caps. Located in a lush national park…
Published on 15 November 2018 Cambodia
All photographs by Thomas Cristofoletti. Blood Bricks: Untold Stories of Modern Slavery and Climate Change from Cambodia is on at the Building Centre, London WC1E until 31 October Click here to visit the photographs. Source: The Guardian…
Published on 11 November 2018 Global
Global heating and ocean acidification have already severely bleached 16 to 33% of all warm-water reefs, but the remainder is vulnerable to even a fraction of a degree more warming, said David Obura, chair of the Coral Specialist Group in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. “It will be like lots of lights blinking off,” he told the Observer. “It won’t happen…
Published on 11 November 2018 Philippines
"Now some of them are complaining because they have to find money to buy rice," he said. Rice is the most important staple in Asia, where the term "having a meal" literally means "eating rice" in many languages. Asia produces over 90 percent of the world's rice and consumes over 80 percent of it. Global consumption of rice is expected to grow even as…
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