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By sharing its Sufficiency Economy Philosophy model, Thailand is helping other developing nations achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Of the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the final one – revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development – may be the most compelling of all. The only way we can build a better world is by working together. So many of the challenges we face, from climate change to eradicating diseases, are borderless. Although we measure results on a nation-by-nation basis, unless nations can find ways to work together for the good of our planet and its people, our future will ultimately be unsustainable.

Read more: Thailand promotes partnerships for a sustainable world

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  • Environment ministers at the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, organized jointly by UN Environment and ESCAP, discussed measures to improve resource efficiency and combat pollution.
  • Ministers emphasized the need for concerted action on a range of environmental issues, including waste management, transboundary pollution and marine litter.
  • At the close of the Summit, they adopted a Ministerial Declaration and agreed to forward further recommendations to the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3).

Read more: Asia-Pacific Summit Prioritizes Resource Efficiency, Anti-Pollution Measures

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Anti-waste group kicks off a campaign to incentivise Singaporean consumers to bring their own cups, bottles, bags and containers, and so cut down on plastic use.

A woman carries her groceries home in plastic bags. Singapore threw away 822,000 tonnes of plastic last year, of which only seven per cent was recycled. Image: teddy-rised, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Coffee drinkers in Singapore might find that their morning brew tastes a little bit sweeter from now on, as a number of local cafes have started offering discounts to customers who bring their own cups as part of a waste-reduction campaign.

Read more: New campaign aims to put lid on Singapore’s use of disposable plastics

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  • The WMO opened a regional office for the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore to improve coordination on hazards and to strengthen meteorological services for rapidly evolving economic sectors, such as air and marine transport.
  • The Government of Solomon Islands, SPREP and WMO co-hosted the Fourth session of the Pacific Meteorological Council in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 14-17 August 2017.
  • Following the Council, the Second Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology convened on 18 August.

Read more: UNFCCC Issues PCCB Progress Report, Initiatives Build Climate Forecasting Capacity

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This is the first time a WMO Regional Office will be located within Asia and the South-West Pacific and the Office will act as a forum for regional challenges such as trans-boundary haze arising from large-scale land and vegetation fires.

This is the first time a WMO Regional Office will be located within Asia and the South-West Pacific and the Office will act as a forum for regional challenges such as trans-boundary haze arising from large-scale land and vegetation fires.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) opened a new office for the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore on August 21 2017 to improve coordination on hazards ranging from floods to fires and to strengthen meteorological services for rapidly evolving economic sectors such as air and marine transport. The Regional Office is being hosted by the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) and will serve as the nerve centre for WMO’s programmes in the region.

Read more: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) opens new regional office in Singapore

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Microgreens farmers Timothy Jung (left), 28, and Christopher Leow, 29, looking at their close-group farming system at the "Growing More with Less" exhibition launched yesterday at The URA Centre in Maxwell Road.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Oil rigs can do more than just drill for oil, going by the drawing of a monstrous polygonal floating structure that hatches fish, grows them, and processes and packages them all in one place.

Read more: Next-gen farming concepts on show at exhibition

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A woman using a newspaper to shade herself from the morning sun and sweltering heat at Yishun. PHOTO: ST FILE

As with the rest of the world, Singapore, too, will face more extreme conditions as the world warms, experts told The Sunday Times as recent weather events continue to wreak havoc in the northern hemisphere.

Read more: Singapore faces more weather extremes as world warms

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If accelerating floods and storms worldwide were freak events, a purely reactive crisis-response would be justified. But because this change is the predictable outcome of human activity, proactive prevention is now the only lasting response to weather disasters. Scientific evidence is clear about the human hand in global warming aggravating these events. Although many of us are now finally making the connection, climate change is nevertheless still seen as something over the horizon, rather than an immediate danger. Unless this mindset changes, action to mitigate weather disasters will continue to trail behind a very dangerous reality.

Read more: Commentary: Prevent, don't react, to climate danger: Shift hurricane mindset

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Hurricane Harvey and Typhoon Hato precipitate escalation in extreme weather, particularly in countries of high global climate risk – including the Philippines.

RECENTLY, I followed the tropical storm Isang pass the Batanes area in the north. After I flew to Guangzhou in China, the low-pressure storm morphed first into a tropical depression southeast to Taiwan soaring into a typhoon in the South China Sea.

On August 23, Typhoon Hato’s eye was directly over Hong Kong. In China, Hato left 26 people dead, and damage amounting to $1.9 billion. Soon thereafter, Tropical Storm Jolina, known as Pakhar in China, formed to the east of Luzon in the Philippines and intensified as a severe tropical storm—and so it goes.

Almost at the same time, Harvey became the first hurricane in the US to make landfall since Wilma in 2005 and the strongest in Texas since Carla in 1961. As the media spotlight moved from the South China Sea to the Gulf of Mexico, Harvey unleashed “tornado-like winds,” including isolated tornadoes.

According to current estimates, exposed stock with damage to floods is calculated at $267 billion, which is more costly than Hurricane Katrina and Sandy put together. Indirect losses and total macroeconomic effects are likely to increase these estimates, not to speak of further damage in neighboring Louisiana and inland as long as rainfall-induced flooding will continue.

Read more: Global climate dissension is a risk to the Philippines

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ILLUSTRATION BY LA JOHNSON

Now I know why my fellow passengers prayed before we left.

Read more: *This* Close to a Bus Plunge in Myanmar

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