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Russia sends defence missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan


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The Diplomat: 2nd of December 2021 Russia has deployed a coastal defence missile system on islands claimed by Japan, raising tensions in a contested region. The Bastion missile defence system can hit ships up to 500KM away. The tension over these islands dates back to World War 2 and has kept the countries from signing…

India’s Road to Net-Zero


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Jitendra Bisht and Soumya Singhal: The Diplomat. 26th of November 2021 Following global trends, Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, has committed to Net Zero by 2070. Whilst undoubtedly a step in the right direction, this is 20 years after most European Countries pledge of Net Zero by 2050 and 10 years after Fellow BRIC country China’s 2060…

As Asia’s alternative meat start-ups fight climate change, let’s not forget about small farmers


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Lesley Mitchell, SCMP – 3 November 2021 Innovation in Asia driven by climate change has the ability to offset the effects of climate change and also boost food security. However, according to this article on SCMP, we must not forget rural farmers in the region who’s livelihoods are at risk by a move to innovation.…

Climate change: the implications for regional security


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Zachary Abuza, Radio Free Asia – 1 November 2021 Southeast Asia is one of the regions most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and, according to this article on Radio Free Asia, the most imminent threat from climate change to the region is security: rising seas will inundate cities, temperature will affect food production…

China’s deafening silence speaks loudest at global climate talks


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The Straits Times – 6 November 2021 After the first week of meetings at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, climate experts have noted China’s “deafening silence” at the talks. Noted was their small delegation, lack of voice in talks and their push-back against calls to cut carbon emissions more quickly. Read the full article here.

Is Asia and the Pacific Ready for the Global Climate Stage?


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Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, IISD – 1 November 2021 There is a clear change of direction and cause for optimism concerning climate change momentum in Asia and the Pacific, but vested interests could act to slow this down. This article by The International Institute for Sustainable Development looks at whether the region is ready for the…

How Asia is crucial in the battle against climate change


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The Economist – 30 October 2021 Despite clear directions of change, it is evident that vested interests in Asia will act to slow cooperation on climate change solutions. This article on The Economist looks at the reliance on coal consumption in Asia and explains why the region is vital in climate stabilisation. Read the full…

Climate threat over South Asia


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Jawed Naqvi, Dawn – 26 October 2021 In this article on Dawn, the author explains why the SAARC member countries should “wake up” to the imminent threat of climate change on their livelihoods, and put aside their chronic political differences to cooperate on solutions. Read the full article here.