Climate Change

Greenland ice sheet river
September 23, 2013
The apparent halt to global warming so far this century is unlikely to last much longer according to draft technical report by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, by 259 authors in 39 countries, is the first of four due in the next year about climate change by the IPCC. The 127-page draft, which was obtained by Reuters, and a shorter summary for policymakers that are being finalized for release in Stockholm this Friday, say factors including a haze of volcanic ash and a cyclical dip in energy emitted from the sun may also have contributed to a slower warming trend.
Carbon being emitted in the developing world
September 19, 2013
European researchers say both the developed and the developing worlds may be almost equally responsible for contributing to climate change. Their analysis goes to the heart of one of the most contested issues obstructing international negotiations for an effective agreement on cutting greenhouse gases (GHGs). The developed world argues cuts should be based – in the long term, at least – on current GHG emissions; this means heavily polluting countries like China and India will have to make stringent GHG cuts.
Numerous studies indicate Asia is going to feel some of the most severe impacts from climate change, so what is business in the region doing about it? Not a lot it would seem but that may slowly be changing. Dr Glenn Frommer, head of corporate sustainability at Mass Transit Railway Corporation and the lead on adaptation best practice for the Business Environment Council's Climate Change Business Forum (CCBF), spoke to CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O'Rorke about the work the CCBF has been doing to get more focus put on the subject.
Half of Jakarta will be under water by 2030 due to global warming, according to predictions from Indonesia’s National Council on Climate Change (DNPI).
Five Chinese coastal cities have been named among the 20 cities in the world most prone to flooding, with Guangzhou at the top of the list. Shenzhen, Tianjin, Zhanjiang, and Xiamen also make the top 20 list based on a study published in Nature Climate Change.
Climate and HFC plant
June 25, 2013
China and India are expected to release vast amounts of the chemical hydroflourocarbon-23 (HFC-23) into the atmosphere, causing global greenhouse gas emissions to skyrocket, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). HFC-23, a by-product in the production of a chemical (HCFC-22) primarily used in air conditioning and refrigeration, is 14,800 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide (CO2).
China climate actions
April 29, 2013
A new report by Australia’s Climate Commission says that China is one of the world’s bright spots in global action to curb the effects of climate change. Though China remains the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, the report, The Critical Decade: global action building on climate change,  found that in 2012 China reduced the carbon intensity of its economy more than expected and almost halved the rate of growth for electricity demand.
Mekong climate shift
April 09, 2013
Temperatures in South-East Asia's Lower Mekong Basin are set to rise by up to three times the global average temperature increase, according to a USAID-funded study. Previous reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that the basin would see increases in line with the global average of around two degrees Celsius. But according to a preliminary report by the Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Project (Mekong ARCC), parts of the basin could see annual temperatures increase by as much as six degrees Celsius by 2050.
Obama's green State of the Union Address 2013
February 18, 2013
President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech had few surprises except in his use of China as way to motivate rivals to stand behind his green policies. Obama put most of the onus on new climate policies on a less-than-enthusiastic Congress, but dropped a strong hint that if they don't do something, he would use his executive muscle to address climate change “for the sake of our children and our future.” 
Delegates at the recent Delhi Sustainable Development Summit were told repeatedly that wiser management of resources in this time of uncertain climate and weather patterns could be key to some countries’ very survival.