Climate Change Mitigation

Total annual anthopogenic GHG emissions by groups of gases 1970-2010
April 14, 2014
After six years of intensive work reviewing all available science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change. Among its main findings is that the concentration of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) have grown more quickly during the last decade that in each of the previous three decades. The study, drawing on work by more than 1,000 experts, said a radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power would shave only about 0.06 of a percentage point a year off world economic growth.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a long-term loan of EUR200 million (USD276.2 million) to India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) to help finance projects that will contribute to the mitigation of climate change.
Along with the enormous risks global warming poses for humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world, scientists gathered in Yokohama for a climate change conference said Tuesday.
ASEAN climate action now
March 26, 2014
Spurred on by “climate departure” impacts on many Asian locations from 2020 onwards, delegates to this month's Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Conference recommended 10 urgent actions to be taken in on energy, consumption and cities. The APO Conference communique, which has been delivered to the United Nations and its agencies, is a wake-up call to all countries, as among the clearly-articulated calls-for-action, four relate to “Creating an Energy Future Sustainable for All”.
Flooded Bangkok industrial estate
Read Full Story Although it should come as no great surprise, given the number of warnings issued by other bodies in recent years, a new report from the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due to be published this week will say coastal Asia is very vulnerable to climate change. The final draft of the report – Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – is being reviewed at a scientific meeting this week in Yokohama, Japan, and will form a key part of the IPCC's fifth assessment report on global warming, whose other sections will be published later this year.
A low-carbon growth path is in the best interest of each country in East Asia, and governments should take action now to create an enabling environment to attract clean energy investments, coupled with public financing mechanisms to provide incentives to investors and unlock commercial financing, says a new World Bank report titled Unlocking Commercial Financing for Clean Energy in East Asia.
Urban flooding in China
October 17, 2013
About 12 million people in 23 East Asian cities are at risk from rising sea levels, severe storms, and more intense drought caused by climate change that could jeopardize USD864 billion in assets, a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warns. Economics of Climate Change in East Asia notes that while climate adaptation investments can be large, the aggregate cost to protect the most vulnerable sectors - infrastructure, coastal protection, and agriculture - would be less than 0.3 percent of East Asia’s gross domestic product every year between 2010 and 2050.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest municipality, has earmarked VND70.54 trillion (USD3.3 billion) for 36 projects to mitigate the effects of climate change, which is expected to severely affect the city. Based on assessments of the impacts, the city government says it will have action programs in various phases to ensure they do not impact development. It will focus on developing an energy-efficient economy as a cornerstone of its efforts to combat climate change. It will also rely on international co-operation to take measures against climate change.
The Philippine government has announced that it will increase its spending on climate change adaptation and mitigation from PHP1 billion (USD24.4 million) in 2011 to PHP13 billion (USD317 million) next year.
WEC Green Growth Actional Alliance
January 30, 2013
The world needs to spend a massive USD5 trillion a year on infrastructure to keep up with transport, energy and water needs, says a coalition of institutions including the OECD and World Bank. That’s equivalent to the combined GDPs of the France and the UK, each and every year. But finding the cash isn’t the only challenge, warn the authors of the report Green Investment, who presented their findings at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos – the world`s largest annual jamboree for business and politicians — last week.