By Rubina Karki/Nepal
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Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines Climate Change as ‘the variation of earth’s global or regional climate over a long period of time, whether due to natural variability as normal changes or as the result of human induced activities.
On 4th November, 2016 the Paris agreement finally got ratified, as the major Green House Gas emitting countries, the USA and China finally went hand in hand.
There is a light of hope in keeping the global temperature below 2 degree Celsius or well below 1.5 degree Celsius if the countries bring the agreement into practice. Countries like Germany and Sweden are already contributing to emission reduction.
Nepal is a small country in South Asia that lies between two of the major Asian economies, India and China. The Himalayan country and the Birthplace of Lord Buddha is a place of natural beauty and a kingdom of culture which has stolen the hearts of many.
By Michael Yap Tzuen Kiat/Malaysia
In the recent years, Malaysia has experienced frequent flash floods, stronger storm, heat wave, prolonged drought, coastline erosion and warmer temperature.
Devastating floods that hit Kelantan and Terengganu from 15 December 2014 to 3 January 2015 were recorded as the worst in Malaysian history.
By Calvin Wong/Indonesia
Indonesia, the fourth populous country in the world is ranked as the sixth greatest emitter of Greenhouse Gases (GHG), with Forestry being the main contributor. Indonesia consists of vast forested areas and approximately 24 billion tons of carbon stock (BtC) are stored in the vegetation and soil; 80 percent of this is stored in forests (World Bank, 2007).
The conversion of land and deforestation, which the World Bank estimates at around 2 million hectares per year (World Bank, 2007), will not only affect the country itself, but the whole world. Indonesia is ranked number nine with 46.46% of its area covered by forest.
The Alpha Team Organization-ClimatEducate Project joins the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through its Project Chief Director and ATO Chairman, John Carl T. Alonsagay at Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016. His reports regarding the engagements of the project and the organization in these negotiations will be published here.