Asia-Pacific Climate Digest: Issue #36 Week 3, Nov 2021

Compiled by Ms. Purnima Joshi


The COP26 Summit in Glasgow came to an end after two weeks of intense negotiations in which 197 countries participated. Sadly it ended only with something that, according to the UN Secretary-General, “reflects the interests, the contradictions, and the state of political will in the world today”. On a more positive note and elsewhere and closer to home, and in smaller steps, Indonesia is calling on the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen partnerships to empower micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as well as to combat the climate crisis in a sustainable manner. An Energy Transition Mechanism is to be established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Indonesian and Filipino governments will help the two countries simplify the switch to renewable energy. Singapore is set to review its climate change target. And there’s more, including an analysis as to why the COP26 summit ended in failure and disappointment. Happy Reading…


COP26


The ultimate guide to why the COP26 summit ended in failure and disappointment (despite bright spots)

Asia Pacific Report. 15 Nov 2021

After two hard-fought weeks of negotiations, the Glasgow climate change summit is, at last, over. All 197 participating countries adopted the so-called Glasgow Climate Pact, despite an 11th hour intervention by India in which the final agreement was watered down from “phasing out” coal to

“phasing down”. Read further ....


COP26 closes with ‘compromise’ deal on climate, but it’s not enough

Modern Diplomacy, 17 Nov 2021

After extending the COP26 climate negotiations an extra day, nearly 200 countries meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, adopted on Saturday an outcome document that, according to the UN

Secretary-General, “reflects the interests, the contradictions,

and the state of political will in the world today”. Read further...



COP26: New global climate deal struck in Glasgow

CarbonBrief, 15 Nov 2021

There is extensive global coverage of the conclusion to COP26, which finally reached an outcome on Saturday evening in Glasgow after two weeks of fraught negotiation by almost 200 nations. Read further ...




ADB Welcomes Promising Steps Forward at COP26 for Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific

Marketscreener.com, 15 Nov 2021

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today welcomed the scaled-up commitments from its developing member countries (DMCs) at COP26 as a promising step forward to strengthen actions in the global battle against climate change. Read further ...



SOUTH-EAST ASIA


Indonesia Calls for Collaboration on MSMEs, Climate Change in Asia-Pacific

Jakarta Globe, 15 Nov 2021

Indonesia is calling on the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen partnerships in empowering micro, small and medium enterprises —or MSMEs— as well as combating the climate crisis in a sustainable manner. Read further ....





ADB launches Energy Transition Mechanism with Indonesia and the Philippines

Smart-energy.com, 9 Nov 2021

An Energy Transition Mechanism to be established by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Indonesian and Filipino governments will help the two countries simplify the switch to renewable energy, ensure energy security and mitigate climate change. Read further ...




Singapore to review its climate change target as world leaders agree COP26 deal

Channel News Asia , 14 Nov 2021

The Singapore Government will go back and review its climate change target after top level talks concluded late on Saturday (Nov 13) at COP26. Read further ...





Indonesia to Decarbonise and Establish Green Ports

Opengovasia.com, 16 Nov 2021

The Indonesian government, through the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, expressed its willingness to oversee the transition to zero-carbon fuel in marine activities as well as the transition of Indonesian ports to green

ports. Read further ...




FINANCE & GOVERNANCE


Asia-Pacific will deliver strong growth for insurers who must lead charge on climate and cyber: Singapore Minister for Finance

Intelligent Insurer, 15 Nov 2021

The global insurance industry can step up business in Asia to close a hefty gap in P&C penetration and address rising threats from climate and cyber risks, Singapore’s Minister for Finance and deputy chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Lawrence Wong told delegates in opening remarks to the

Singapore International Reinsurance Conference (SIRC).

Read further ...




Climate change challenge will be won or lost in Asia -- Singapore's Finance Minister

AsiaInsuranceReview, 16 Nov 2021

The future of climate change will be won or lost in Asia, said Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Finance and deputy chairman of MAS at the 17th Singapore International Reinsurance Conference (SIRC) yesterday. Read further ...




AIR POLLUTION


Across South Asia, poor governance is leading to poor air quality

ScrollIn, 15 Nov 2021

The average citizen in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan would live an additional 5.6 years if air pollution is curbed to meet the WHO guidelines. Read further ...





FOSSIL FUELS


Analysis: Coal power stand at COP26 climate talks lends India time to transition

Reuters, 18 Nov 2021

Far from Glasgow, in the coal hub of Ranchi in eastern India, labour union leader D. D. Ramanandan followed the COP26 climate summit closely, scanning tweets by experts and news reports to check for any imminent "threat to coal" in his country. Read further ...




BIODIVERSITY


Asia’s Forest Loss Leaders Skip, Challenge Global Deforestation Pact

voanews.com, 9 Nov 2021

Asian countries with some of the world’s largest yearly tropical forest losses have either not joined a new global pact to halt forest loss by the end of the decade or sparked doubts about their commitment after signing up. Read further ...




ENVIRONMENT


Crackdown on environmental activism as climate crisis worsens, says report

AsiaPacific Report, 10 Nov 2021

As world leaders meet in Glasgow for the UN Climate Summit (COP26), peaceful environmental activists are being threatened, silenced and criminalised around the world. Read further ...





PACIFIC


APEC 2021: How the last of the big summits charted a new path on pandemic and climate change

firstpost.com, 16 Nov 2021

Recent events in the Indo-Pacific left New Zealand behind. But the island nation has used APEC 2021 effectively to enhance its stature. Read further...





ADDITIONAL READS


The ocean is essential to tackling climate change. So why has it been neglected in global climate talks?

Eco-Business, 19 Nov 2021


Read here ...




Look beyond COP26 summit to real world for climate action, says top UK scientist

Eco-Business, 11 Nov 2021


Read here ...




Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Nov 2021

Bird Migration Patterns Are Changing—and Climate Change May Be to Blame