How Asia’s Rice Producers Can Help Limit Global Warming

The United States and European Union want countries from around the world to join them in slashing methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The recent EU-U.S. pledge recognizes that rapid reductions in methane emissions are critical to limiting global temperature rise to within 1.5 ...

Oliver Frith, Reiner Wassmann, and Bjoern Ole Sander

Carbon pricing insights from Vietnam

A relatively low but increasing carbon price could play an important role in helping Vietnam meet its emission reduction targets, Thang Nam Do and Paul Burke write. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a matter of national interest for Vietnam, one of the most vulnerable countries to ...

THANG NAM DO, PAUL BURKE

Laos Has Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 34% Over Ten Years

Laos has announced it has successfully reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent over the last ten years. Prime Minister of Laos, Dr. Phankham Viphavanh, spoke via remote communication at the UN General Assembly in New York last month, saying that Laos had been able to ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

The Angkor and Mayan civilizations can ‘teach us about climate resilience’

The civilization of Angkor in what is now Cambodia thrived for centuries before it went into relatively sudden decline and collapsed. Across the world the Mayan civilization experienced a similar trajectory in Mesoamerica round about the same time. Yet even as these iconic civilizations collapsed between ...

Daniel T Cross

All hands on deck to preserve ecosystems in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

The local authorities and environmental organisations in the Mekong Delta region are stepping up efforts to preserve and develop ecosystems vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Located in southern Vietnam, the Mekong Delta has a diverse and unique ecosystem that includes marine life, islands, estuaries, ...

Bringing Clean Air to 4 Billion People in Asia

As the lives lost to COVID-19 edge closer to 5 million globally, policymakers have demonstrated sharply growing interest in how protecting biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and addressing other planetary crises can improve public health. One planetary crisis that benefited temporarily from COVID-19 lockdowns but requires ...

Kaoru Akahoshi and Eric Zusman

HCMC urban planning to focus on climate change adaptation

For the next few decades, HCMC’s urban planning will focus on adapting to the impacts of climate change, including floods and rising sea levels. A decision on the city’s urban planning until 2040 with vision until 2060, signed Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh, ...

Huu Cong

Thai Plants and Animals under Threat from Habitat Loss to Climate Change  

The National Committee on Conservation and Utilisation of Biodiversity has endorsed the latest update report on the country’s status of biodiversity, which has found a number of plants and animals over the past year were increasingly under threat; from habitat loss to climate change The committee, ...

B.Tribune

Thailand cited as one of the ten most flood-affected countries in the world

“Climate Risk Country Profile – Thailand” outlines rapid onset and long-term changes in key climate parameters, as well as the impact of these changes on communities, livelihoods, and economies—many of which are already underway. The publication is part of a series of climate risk country profiles ...

Asian Development Bank and Headline Editor

Droughts shrink hydropower, pose risk to global push to clean energy

Severe droughts are drying up rivers and reservoirs vital for the production of zero-emissions hydropower in several countries around the globe, in some cases leading governments to rely more heavily on fossil fuels. The emerging problems with hydropower production in places like the United States, China ...

Sharon Bernstein and Jake Spring, David Stanway

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