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August 2010

Viet Nam Government urges Labor Ministry to issue new poverty standards

23 August 2010
VietNamNet Bridge - The Government has recently urged the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to quickly issue new poverty benchmarks.

Vietnam has adjusted its poverty standards five times. The country is implementing a national program on poverty reduction for 2006-2010, which aims to reduce the poverty rate from 18.2 percent in 2006 to 10-11 percent in 2010.

According to the current standards, poor households are defined as those whose average monthly income is no higher than 200,000 dong and 260,000 dong per person for rural and urban areas respectively.


The breathing earth simulation

21 August 2010
Welcome to Breathing Earth.

This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.
Please remember that this real time simulation is just that: a simulation. Although the CO2 emission, birth rate and death rate data used in Breathing Earth comes from reputable sources, data that measures things on such a massive scale can never be 100% accurate. Please note however that the CO2 emission levels shown here are much more likely to be too low than they are to be too high.

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August 21 is Earth Overshoot Day

21 August 2010

August 21st marks an unfortunate milestone: the day in which we exhaust our ecological budget for the year. Once we pass this day, humanity will have demanded all the ecological services – from filtering CO2 to producing the raw materials for food – that nature can provide this year. From that point until the end of the year, we meet our ecological demand by liquidating resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

What is Earth Overshoot Day?

Every year, Global Footprint Network calculates nature’s supply in the form of biocapacity, the amount of resources the planet

Adaptation to climate change: linking disaster risk reduction and insurance

13 August 2010
Considering insurance in reducing disaster risk and advancing adaptation
Authors: K. Warner; N. Ranger; S. Surminski / Publisher: International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), 2010

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Development gains are increasingly at risk from climate change among other pressures. Adverse changes are already being observed in the amount, intensity, frequency and type of precipitation, resulting in drought, floods and tropical storms. Climate change threatens to undermine poorer countries to absorb loss and recover from disaster impacts.

Looking at the social and cultural limits to adaptation

3 August 2010

Long-established customs, traditional beliefs and behaviour dictated by gender, ethnicity, caste and age - all these can stop people getting to grips with the challenges of climate change. But this has yet to be well recognised or investigated, says a paper released this month by the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

The most commonly discussed “barriers” to coping with weather disasters and longer-term climate shifts tend to be gaps in technology (for example, lack of accurate climate modeling), low awareness among policy makers, or shortfalls in funding.