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Sep 13, 2012

Trillion-dollar nature needs boardroom seat, says U.N. economist

SINGAPORE/OSLO (Reuters) – Nature lacks a seat in the boardrooms of most big companies even though it provides valuable resources that should have a price tag, one of world’s most influential green economists said.

Ignoring nature’s value risks “mayhem” for corporations and mankind in the rush for profits and finite resources, Pavan Sukhdev, formerly of Deutsche Bank and a United Nations goodwill ambassador told Reuters.

Jul 29, 2012

Scientists unlock ocean CO2 secrets key to climate: study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – From giant whirlpools to currents 1,000 km wide, scientists said on Monday they have uncovered how vast amounts of carbon are locked away in the depths of the Southern Ocean, boosting researchers ability to detect the impact of climate change.

Oceans curb the pace of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. The Southern Ocean is the largest of these ocean carbon sinks, soaking up about 40 percent of mankind’s CO2 absorbed by the seas.

Jul 22, 2012

Insight: Flood risk rampant across Asia’s factory zones

BANGKOK/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Global insurance companies are struggling to get a grip on their flood exposure in Asia nearly a year after one of the world’s costliest disasters hit Thailand, with executives fearing an even worse event looms in the region.

Some firms learnt from the Thai floods, with new defenses built to protect multi-billion dollar industrial estates in the country. Insurance premiums have also gone up, but factory construction in flood-prone areas remains rampant across Asia.

Jul 22, 2012

Flood risk rampant across Asia’s factory zones

BANGKOK/HONG KONG July 23 (Reuters) – Global insurance
companies are struggling to get a grip on their flood exposure
in Asia nearly a year after one of the world’s costliest
disasters hit Thailand, with ex e cutives fearing an even worse
event looms in the region.

Some firms learnt from the Thai floods, with new defences
built to protect multi-billion dollar industrial estates in the
country. Insurance premiums have also gone up, but factory
construction in flood-prone areas remains rampant across Asia.

Jul 12, 2012

Insight: Environment or profit – palm oil firm tests Indonesia

PANGKUH, Indonesia (Reuters) – An Indonesian palm oil firm received preliminary approval six years ago for a large plantation in a swampy, forested corner of Borneo island, bringing the promise of jobs and roads to impoverished villages.

By the book, that would have marked the start of a lengthy licensing and environmental approvals process before clearing and planting could start.

Jul 12, 2012

Environment or profit: palm oil firm tests Indonesia

PANGKUH, Indonesia, July 12 (Reuters) – An Indonesian palm
oil firm received preliminary approval six years ago for a large
plantation in a swampy, forested corner of Borneo island,
bringing the promise of jobs and roads to impoverished villages.

By the book, that would have marked the start of a lengthy
licensing and environmental approvals process before clearing
and planting could start.

Jun 10, 2012

China emissions study suggests climate change could be faster than thought

SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s carbon emissions could be nearly 20 percent higher than previously thought, a new analysis of official Chinese data showed on Sunday, suggesting the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted.

China has already overtaken the United States as the world’s top greenhouse gas polluter, producing about a quarter of mankind’s carbon pollution that scientists say is heating up the planet and triggering more extreme weather.

Jun 6, 2012

U.N. sounds environment alarm ahead of Rio summit

LONDON/SINGAPORE, June 6 (Reuters) – Population growth,
urbanisation and consumption are set to inflict irreversible
damage on the planet, the United Nations said on Wednesday, and
called for urgent agreement on new green targets to save the
environment.

The U.N. Environment Programme sounded the alarm in its
fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) report, published two
weeks before the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, one of the biggest
environment meetings in years.

Jun 4, 2012

Nuclear, coal power face climate change risk: study

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Warmer water and reduced river flows will cause more power disruptions for nuclear and coal-fired power plants in the United States and Europe in future, scientists say, and lead to a rethink on how best to cool power stations in a hotter world.

In a study published on Monday, a team of European and U.S. scientists focused on projections of rising temperatures and lower river levels in summer and how these impacts would affect power plants dependent on river water for cooling.

May 10, 2012

Why do El Nino and La Nina trigger weather chaos?

By David Fogarty

(Reuters) – From record floods to crippling droughts and wildfires, a natural swing in Pacific Ocean temperatures can trigger climate chaos around the globe.

The El Nino ocean-weather pattern is linked to droughts in Australia and floods in parts of South America, while its sibling La Nina causes the opposite, with the two phenomena occurring at irregular intervals.

    • About David

      "I report on climate policy, climate science and the carbon market (CDM, emissions trading) in Asia. I'm based in Singapore. It's a great story in a fast-growing and fast-changing region. I've been writing about climate change since university in Canberra, where I did a life sciences degree, with a communications major on the side. I started writing science articles for newspapers and, soon after completing my studies, joined as a cadet on The Canberra Times. After a few years there, it was off to London and then Hong Kong."
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