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Asia-Pacific Climate Digest Issue # 33 : Week 5, Oct 2021

Compiled by Purnima Joshi

As the world’s leaders gather in Glasgow, Scotland, this week for COP26 climate talks, the UK president-designate of the COP26 talks, Alok Sharma, said that achieving a global climate deal in Glasgow in the next three weeks will be harder than signing the Paris Agreement of 2015. With time running out, nations are now required to tackle the potential devastation of climate change in the way they averted nuclear war over half a century ago – as if their very existence depended on it. In the words of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, it is a matter of “life and death”.

In other key events: New Zealand has become the first country in the world to pass a law that will ensure financial organizations disclose and ultimately act on climate-related risks and opportunities; India is seeking payment for the losses caused by climate disasters it has suffered; there’s guilt, grief and anxiety as young people fear for climate’s future. And there’s lots more packed in this issue.

Happy Reading…


New Zealand: Govt passes world-first climate reporting legislation

Asia Insurance Review, 22 Oct 2021

New Zealand has become the first country in the world to pass a law that will ensure financial organisations disclose and ultimately act on climate-related risks and opportunities.


Rising sea levels a threat to Asia’s apparel sector, report says

FashionUnited, 22 Oct 2021

Asia’s apparel sector is under threat from rising sea levels, according to a new report.


ASEAN green energy drive needs huge push to reduce climate risks

The Straits Times, 25 Oct 2021

The energy crisis roiling other parts of Asia has had little impact on most of South-east Asia so far, but there is nothing to celebrate.

A Façade of Progress : Singapore’s Response to Climate Change

The Diplomat, 27 Oct 2021

Climate Change, in the words of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, is a matter of “life and death”.

Climate-Smart Maps and Adaptation Plans (CS-MAP) launched

Vietnamplus, 24 Oct 2021

To help farmers manage climate-related risks such as flooding, drought and saline intrusion, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched the Climate-Smart Maps and Adaption Plans (CS-MAP).


India lost $87 billion to climate disasters in 2020: Report

Hindustan Times, 29 Oct 2021

India lost $87 billion last year due to disasters such as cyclones, floods and droughts, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in a report on Tuesday, as global warming starts impacting lives and property.

The bumpy road to India's electric car dreams

BBC News, 25 Oct 2021

India sold more electric vehicles in September than any month previously. Sales have been rising since April - the start of this financial year - and are already nearing the previous year's total.

India wants compensation for climate damage caused by rich nations

Straits Times, 23 Oct 2021

India is seeking payment for the losses caused by climate disasters, its environment ministry said while laying out the country's positions on critical issues that will be negotiated at the United Nations' COP26 climate summit in the coming weeks.


White paper reveals China's principles on tackling climate change

The Straits Times, 27 Oct 2021

China has formulated new principles on tackling climate change and is contributing its solutions to global climate governance, according to a white paper released Wednesday (Oct 27) by the State Council Information Office.

COP 26

Bangladesh to share 'climate prosperity plan' at COP26

KDHNews, 23 Oct 2021

Bangladesh plans to present its “climate prosperity plan” aimed at mitigating the effects of global warming on economic development at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, a Bangladeshi climate official says.

What will COP26 mean for Asian businesses?

Eco-Business, 25 Oct 2021

The world’s leaders will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, next week for COP26 climate talks to thrash-out plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to avoid calamitous global warming.

Analysis: How delegations at COP climate summits have changed over time

CarbonBrief, 27 Oct 2021

Since the first COP was held in Berlin in 1995, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has gathered the international community together (almost) every year to assess and advance progress on tackling global warming.


State of the Climate in Asia 2020

The State of the Climate in Asia 2020 report is a collaborative product of the WMO, United Nations agencies, including the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Economic and Social Commission for

Western Asia (UNSCWA), and climate,


Asia had hottest year on record in 2020 – UN

The Guardian, 26 Oct 2021

Asia suffered its hottest year on record in 2020, the United Nations has said ahead of the CoP26 summit, with extreme weather taking a heavy toll on the continent’s development.


Guilt, grief and anxiety as young people fear for climate's future

Channel News Asia, 22 Oct 2021

Asia businesses face increasing ESG liability risks, 22 Oct 2021

Cop26 climate deal will be harder than Paris accord, says Alok Sharma

Wionews, 23 Oct 2021

Climate change must make activists of us all, not just nations and business

South China Morning Post, 24 Oct 2021

This coal plan offers only half a solution

LiveMint, 29 Oct 2021

Climate refugees find safety in Bangladesh's shanty towns

UCANews, 26 Oct 2021

Climate change: Four things you can do about your carbon footprint

BBC News, 26 Oct 2021


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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