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When The Mangoes Go, Blame Climate Change

August 7, 2013 No Comments

By Himansshu Bhatt, Times of India*

SURAT, GUJARAT, India, Aug 7 – If mangoes and chickoos disappear from your fruit basket in the coming years, blame it on climate change.

In the last two years, fluctuations in temperature and changed rainfall patterns, among others, have taken a toll on the crops of south Gujarat, which supplies 55 percent and nearly 70 percent of the chickoos produced in the western Indian state.

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Diversifying Income Helps Ease Climate Woes

June 25, 2013 No Comments

By Kanis Dursin

SUBANG, Indonesia, Jun 24 2013 (IPS) – When 45-year-old Kaswati joined an income-generating project in her village in Indonesia’s West Java province in 1999, all she hoped to do was supplement her family’s income at a time of erratic harvests.

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Learning Lessons From The Big Floods

June 4, 2013 No Comments

By Himansshu Bhatt, Times of India*

SURAT, GUJARAT, India, Jun 4 – This city is known to be the most flood-prone in Gujarat province in western India, yet suddenly rising waters have sometimes caught Surat’s residents by surprise. Soon, however, the city’s more than four million people will get to know well in advance how much water would gush into their locality if there is a heavy release from Ukai Dam into Tapi River during the monsoon season.

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Solar Dreams

May 13, 2013 No Comments

By Himansshu Bhatt, Times of India*

SURAT, GUJARAT, India, May 13 (IPS Asia-Pacific) – The western state of Gujarat has made no secret of its ambitions to become the solar capital of India, and now its second largest city is taking steps to help it achieve that dream.

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Mekong To Face Wilder Weather

August 5, 2013 No Comments

VIETNAM, Aug 5 (VNS) - The Mekong River Basin has experienced increased climate and flood variability in recent decades, according to a new research report from a doctoral student at Finland’s Aalto University.

Original link: http://vietnamnews.vn/environment/243036/mekong-to-face-wilder-weather.html

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Asia Works On Regional Rice Strategy To Address Changing Conditions

July 29, 2013 No Comments

BANGKOK, Jul 29 (Bangkok Post) – As Asia will remain a major rice supplier, a regional rice strategy is emerging to improve production efficiency while addressing climate change issues as well as reducing post-harvest losses.

Original link: http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/362049/asia-works-on-regional-rice-strategy-to-address-changing-conditions

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

July 28, 2013 No Comments

By Simon Zadek

BANGKOK, Jul 28 (Bangkok Post) – Amid a prolonged economic recession in developed countries and abundant cheap shale gas reserves, few are buying into ‘green finance’. Trillions of dollars in ”green finance” _ that is, low-carbon, resource-efficient investment _ are needed annually to prevent climate change and natural constraints from stalling the global economy and and threatening the livelihoods of billions of people.

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Towards Disaster-resilient ASEAN Community

December 20, 2012 No Comments

By A.K.P. Mochtan

Dec 16 (The Star) – ONE of the key challenges in building the Asean community is coming up with tangible outcomes that benefit the people directly. This is a tall order, since many of Asean’s objectives are at the regional level.