Asia-Pacific Climate Digest Issue #24 : Week 4, Aug 2021

Compiled by Purnima Joshi.


Even though the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first instalment of its Sixth Report (AR6) over a week ago, so grave are the consequences of some of the alerts that the report sets out, that this issue carries features that continue to address them in several ways. Data and Technology have revolutionised modern life, and experts and data scientists are now using Machine Learning to address climate change, one of humanity’s biggest problems; on another note there is renewed interest in nuclear energy specifically in the new generation of small modular reactors.


While the future is green for business, environmentalists agree that both public and private sectors as well as governments have a role to play in addressing climate change, as several key metrices of planet Earth have already crossed the tipping point according to a recent study, part of a project signed by almost 14,000 scientists across 153 countries.


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BUSINESS


Temperature rising: Hong Kong developers, universities act early on climate change, but most businesses hold back, doing the minimum

South China Morning Post, 19 Aug 2021

The future is green for businesses, although environmentalists agree climate change needs a concerted effort by both the public and private sectors.


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HEALTH


How to strengthen Asia-Pacific resilience as climate disasters intensify

South China Morning Post, 25 Aug 2021

With climate risks set to cost the region up to US$1.3 trillion a year, and most countries still ill-prepared for overlapping crises, more must be done to ensure populations and infrastructure are more resilient

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ENERGY


Green energy the key to climate resilience

The Tribune, 25 Aug 2021

It’s the change in the attitude of industrialists that is proving to be a game-changer. If the investors and industrialists are convinced that there are profits to be made by adopting green ways of running the economy, change is sure to face the least resistance

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Can small modular reactors mitigate climate change?

Tech Explore, 18 Aug 2021

As the world grapples with a climate emergency brought on by carbon emissions from the large-scale burning of fossil fuels, there is renewed interest in nuclear energy, specifically in the new generation of small modular reactors.

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SOUTH-EAST ASIA


Southeast Asia is at the frontline of the climate emergency. It is not too late to act

Today, 18 Aug 2021

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released last week gave world leaders the most up-to-date information about climate change to inform their policies. The report sets out a grave existential crisis for humanity

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Children in Cambodia at very high risk of climate change impacts, says UNICEF

The Star, 23 Aug 2021

Young people living in Cambodia are among those most at risk of the impacts of climate change, threatening their health, education, and protection, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Cambodia has announced in a press statement.

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CHINA


China’s ETS on Path to Halve Carbon Emissions by 2060

Regulation Asia, 19 Aug 2021

The success of China’s national emissions trading scheme depends on rapid extension beyond the utilities sector, says a report from the AIGCC and Schroders.



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China's provinces still planning over 100 GW of new coal projects - Greenpeace

Reuters, 25 Aug 2021

China's provinces are still planning to launch more than 100 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power capacity despite a decline in new approvals in the first half of 2021, environmental group Greenpeace said on Wednesday.

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DATA & TECHNOLOGY


Machine Learning Helps Fine-tune Climate Models

OpenGovAsia, 19 Aug 2021

From movie suggestions to self-driving vehicles, machine learning has revolutionised modern life. Experts are now using it to help solve one of humanity’s biggest problems: climate change.

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Can AI Data Modeling Prevent Climate Catastrophe?

Forbes, 24 Aug 2021

Interdisciplinary climate studies reflect agreement that systems and integrative analyses contain the keys to protecting the earth from climate catastrophe. Big Data tools improve knowledge integration, providing enhanced insight into both what is occurring and what will occur.

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ENVIRONMENT


Climate Conversations: Can Unprecedented Warming of Indian Ocean Serve as a Wake-up Call?

Weather.com, 15 Aug 2021

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first instalment of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) that lays out the physical science basis for climate change.

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ADDITIONAL READS


Climate emergency: Tipping points are already here, scientists warn

DownToEarth, 2 Aug 2021

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China Is Planning to Build 43 New Coal-Fired Power Plants. Can It Still Keep Its Promises to Cut Emissions?

Time, 20 Aug 2021


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Climate change threatens to squeeze out Indonesia’s medicinal plants

Mongabay, 18 Aug 2021

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CGM's Asia-Pacific Climate Digest is compiled by communications consultant Purnima Joshi.

With over two decades of experience in corporate communications, Purnima combines her skills in creative and communication along with her passion for working for the community. She has worked on a multitude of projects in waste management, circular economy, building active citizenship in the community, some of which have won awards.

These also include a project on building climate resilience for UNICEF as well as some award-winning projects. She has been associated with several NGOs in an advisory capacity for over 10 years.


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