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The climate could be about to do something it hasn’t done for 50 billion years

Clambering along Clear Water Bay’s mountain trails yesterday, sweltering in an unseasonably hot 26 degrees Celcius, I was reminded afresh of the harm inflicted by Typhoon Mangkut five months ago. Not just the shattered trees, but the silence, and the paucity of butterflies.I cheered myself by recalling the astonishing capacity of nature to recover from the constant onslaught it faces here in Hong Kong. Outside my house, predatory creepers are well on the way to engulfing the wall of flotsam… Source link

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Veggie ‘meat’ start-up backed by Nasa wins financing from tech moguls and Silicon Valley climate fund

A Chicago-based biotechnology company working with Nasa to develop a new form of plant-based protein fit for supporting space exploration has received US$33 million from venture capital firms, including an energy tech fund backed by Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Jeff Bezos. The funding will support the development and commercialisation of the animal protein alternative, according to Sustainable Bioproducts co-founder and chief executive Thomas Jonas. The climate-friendly protein is a product of research into extremophile organisms that live in Yellowstone National Park’s volcanic springs. “That work led to the development…

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Say hello the new trio of dangers that threatens the world: obesity, undernutrition and climate change

As if there were not enough plagues and pestilences looming over humankind, we have now been introduced to the mother of all threats – the Great Global Syndemic – which will undoubtedly soon be reduced to the neat acronym GGS. The once-fusty British medical journal The Lancet, joining forces in a “Lancet Commission” with the University of Auckland, the World Obesity organisation, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health, has just released an awesome but virtually unreadable expose on the Great Global Syndemic – the grave combination of the…

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Hong Kong trails Singapore, Christchurch in climate change readiness, thanks to its housing crisis

Hong Kong lags behind Singapore and other cities when it comes to preparation for climate change challenges, such as typhoons and flooding, according to Sean Tompkins, chief executive of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He said the city’s housing problem was to blame. “If you look at Hong Kong, there’s no doubt the developers are looking at issues around sustainability and resilience. The government is increasingly looking at this and it’s getting higher up the priority list. But is there any central coordination and control around resilience? Not as…

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How energy guzzler Sweden has risen to the climate challenge by building nuclear power plants

In the month since the Katowice climate meeting, with its latest alarms on the accelerating pace of climate change and the hopeless progress on cutting global carbon dioxide emissions, there must be many tempted to slit their wrists. Not so Professor Joshua Goldstein from the American University in Washington, and the Swedish engineer, scientist and consultant Staffan Qvist, who last week published their new book, A Bright Future. Goldstein and Qvist have a simple recommendation: “The world just needs to be a bit more like Sweden.” That means slashing our…

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How China’s fight against climate change is finding allies in the business sector

When the history of the early 21st century gets written, 2018 may prove to have been a turning point when the world finally woke up to the threat of climate change. The public and policymakers alike paid attention when a team of the world’s leading scientists produced a stark warning that we have just 12 years to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by nearly half. Natural disasters from typhoons to heatwaves and forest fires gave us a glimpse of what could become commonplace if we miss that target. And the…

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Improved business climate helps economy – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – The Vietnamese economy grew 7.08 per cent in 2018, the highest growth rate for the past 11 years, fuelled by an improved business climate, positive economic structure transformation and impressive exports, the latest updates from the General Statistics Office (GSO) revealed. GSO’s General Director Nguyễn Bích Lâm said at the conference on Thursday that the economy had a very impressive year with record growth of the agro-forestry-fishery sector, new firms, foreign tourist arrivals, disbursed foreign direct investment and trade surplus.   …

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The only way to kick the world into action is for politicians to see how climate change destroys lives in their own constituencies

Last week, Japan’s Kanji Proficiency Society revealed its “Word of the Year”, based on a nationwide annual poll organised since 1995. The word was “sa i”, which means “disaster” – chosen for the second time in 24 years. While it was chosen after unprecedented heat, floods and typhoon damage across Japan in 2018, the word was tailor-made for the 25,000 scientists, officials and environmental campaigners gathered for the COP24 global climate conference in Katowice in Poland, who dispersed on Sunday after two fractious weeks of meagre progress on how to…

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Insurance claims could reach all-time high in 2018 as climate change increases severity of natural disasters

This year could be the most expensive on record for insurers as climate change increases the severity and volatility of natural catastrophes worldwide, while storm damage tops the list of corporate claims in Hong Kong, according to a leading insurer. Global insured losses from natural disasters this year – from wildfires in California, to floods in Sydney and super typhoons in Asia – will at least equal if not exceed the US$144 billion in 2017, according to Allianz. “Scientists predict that the storms and typhoons will continue to get stronger…

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