Droughts in Thailand

Areas affected Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lamphun, Tak, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Kalasin, Udon Thani, Bueng Kan, Mahasarakham, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Phanom, Loei, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin and Chanthaburi Examples of measures undertaken Drinking water supply trucks sent out as part of relief operations Water rationing Provision of low-priced produce (e.g. eggs) Asking farmers to delay rice production (reduce water usage until relief from monsoon rains) Asking farmers to stop off-season cropping and plan more drought-resistant crops (e.g. beans) Cloud seeding to create artificial rain Public awareness – drought situation … Continue reading Droughts in Thailand

Using Big Data to promote Climate Change Awareness in Jakarta

In Indonesia, the effects of climate change been part of daily life for quite some time. Between 1980 and 2007 Indonesia has had the second highest number of climate change related fatalities with 174,000, second only to Ethiopia 6 . In recent years, Indonesia has experienced more frequent heat waves, with up to forty percent of the population at risk to hazards such as tsunamis, floods, droughts and landslides. In 2012, Indonesia launched the Open Government Indonesia initiative with the goal of “Introducing open government reforms, including open data”. A marquee project was the development of Jakarta Smart City (JSC). … Continue reading Using Big Data to promote Climate Change Awareness in Jakarta

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil loses a backer

The Malaysian state of Sabah in the north of the island of Borneo has set a target for all crude palm oil produced in Sabah to be certified as sustainable according to the standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards by 2025 and launched a 10-year implementation programme, one of the first jurisdictional commitments to sustainable palm oil production in the world. The southern part of Borneo, meanwhile, Indonesian Kalimantan, has seen rapid increases in area under cultivation and was the site of some of the most destructive and polluting fires of 2015, which covered the region in haze. … Continue reading Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil loses a backer