Energy Crisis in the Philippines and Asia

With global LNG prices reaching unprecedented highs, several countries in Asia are now facing an energy price crisis. How is this affecting the people and how are governments responding?

Singapore Must Devise New Initiatives to Replace Its Natural Gas Overreliance

Singapore is pressing ahead with a national hydrogen strategy to replace its over reliance on natural gas-fired power generation. But that strategy appears to be centred on “low carbon” hydrogen, which is still a carbon emitter, instead of green hydrogen, which produces no GHG emissions.

Philippines’ Gas Development Plans Are Environmentally Destructive

The Philippines' drive to pivot to LNG imports and gas-to-power development is a step in the wrong direction. Pricing dynamics for the fuel along with its carbon emissions render those plans problematic at best. Renewables offer a better alternative.

Climate Change In South Asia and the Reality of Loss and Damage

Climate change has taken a hefty toll on South Asia in 2022. While the sub-continent has always been prone to extreme weather events, the past year was especially dramatic.

What Are Debt for Nature Swaps?

As the world’s poorest countries struggle with record debt and climate change impacts, could debt-for-nature swaps be the answer?

Why is LNG Not Ideal for the Indonesian Energy Transition?

Indonesia, a major LNG exporter, is diverting more cargoes for domestic consumption to help offset its overreliance on coal needed for power production. But, renewables offer a better economic and climate change mitigation option to help drive its growing economy.

Debunking Japan’s ‘Clean Coal Technology’ Claim

Japan's clean coal ambitions have been criticised as another attempt to stall the country's clean energy transition and keep coal afloat.

LNG Remains Too Volatile for India’s Energy Sector

India has been developing considerable LNG import infrastructure. However, high gas prices and carbon emissions are worrying issues.

Can Asia and the Pacific Get on Track to Net Zero?

The window of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees is closing fast. Is Asia able to get back on track and inspire the globe?

How Climate Change Is Raising Average Daily Temperature in Cities

Scientists can almost pinpoint how much climate change has increased average daily temperatures in cities thanks to a new tool.

Climate Change Hypocrisy at COP27

Climate Action Tracker analysis shows that 70% of gas projects – under construction, approved or proposed – are in North America. The US is also falling $32bn short of its ‘fair share’ of the $100bn target, says Carbon Brief. Still, expect Biden to major on his $370bn IRA climate deal. The big question ahead of his bilateral with Xi Jinping on 14 Nov is will the US-China climate talks escape the deep-freeze?

COP27: Nine New Countries Sign Up for Global Offshore Wind Alliance at Sharm-El-Sheikh

At the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, nine new countries, including Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and the US, join The Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), pledging to a rapid ramp up of offshore wind to tackle the climate and energy security crises. The global alliance will play a major role in transforming targets into action, closing the renewable energy implementation gap while tackling economic, energy security and climate challenges.

COP27 Finance Day: It Disappoints as Pledges Hard to Come By

Pledges at Finance Day of COP27 remained thin on the ground with a lack of collective spirit between countries. Also underwhelming was the joint update on the Paris alignment by MDBs, which lacked any mention of fossil fuel phase-out.

COP27: Should You Worry about Climate Change Adaptation?

Pakistan’s floods have taken a truly devastating toll – around 1,700 people have lost their lives, more than 33 million have been displaced and economic damage is estimated at $40 billion. The most vulnerable countries are on the frontline of climate change, with weak existing infrastructure and poverty compounding the impacts of extreme weather. The world has a great range of potential solutions in its adaptation toolbox. Early warning systems, nature-based solutions and future-proofed infrastructure can be combined to create a more resilient world. The missing element is the political will to raise the sums needed to help developing countries tackle this. 

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