Marcos calls out climate change ‘injustice’ in UN assembly debut

NEW YORK – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr pushed for climate financing from developed nations in his first major speech before world leaders, urging that the “historical injustice” caused by global warming be rectified. The Philippines is among the developing nations – responsible for just a fraction of greenhouse gas emissions – that are pushing […]

‘Climate penalty’: WMO warns heatwaves will worsen air quality

A firefighter watches as a wildfire burns in a hillside, Sept 6, 2022, near Hemet, California. (RINGO H.W. CHIU / AP) GENEVA – Severe, long-lasting heatwaves and more frequent wildfires could lead to even worse air quality, an additional "climate penalty" for hundreds of millions of people, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned on Wednesday. According […]

Ensuring climate justice for the urban poor: Daily Star contributor

DHAKA (THE DAILY STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The north-east of Bangladesh has been battling its worst flooding in over a century. Rising waters washed away homes, livelihoods, farmlands, roads, and critical infrastructure, leaving around 7.2 million people in the Sylhet region severely impacted. Despite evacuation and relief efforts, many remained cut off for protracted periods […]

G-20 host Indonesia urges cooperation to tackle global climate issues

NUSA DUA, INDONESIA (REUTERS) – Senior officials from the Group of 20 (G-20) major economies met for climate talks on the resort island of Bali on Wednesday, with host Indonesia warning that failure to work together to cut emissions would push the planet towards “unchartered territory”. Indonesia’s Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said that countries […]

Stop abusing and start utilising the environment: Daily Star contributor

DHAKA (THE DAILY STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Although long-term dialogue and negotiations for the mitigation of climate change and for the recovery of losses and damages caused by this globally unfolding catastrophe are underway, the solutions will take time to come by. Climate-change-affected people need an interim solution to protect their constantly threatened lives and […]

Can Indonesia’s Muslim leaders help combat climate change?

KUALA LUMPUR (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) – From packed mosques during Friday prayers to the classrooms of thousands of Islamic boarding schools, Indonesia’s Muslim leaders have been urged to use their sermons and influence to boost conservation efforts and win over climate change sceptics. The country’s top Muslim representatives met last month at Southeast Asia’s biggest […]

Climate change threatens hydropower projects in the Himalayas

As temperatures rise, the rapid melting of glaciers causes heavy flooding downstream that not only threatens homes and livelihoods. It also threatens one of the world’s largest sources of renewable energy – hydropower – in the Himalayas. The Straits Times takes a look at where the hydropower projects are, the potential problems caused by climate […]