SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - Almost 84 per cent of South-east Asia's planned and existing fossil fuel power plants are incompatible with future scenarios that avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to a new study from the University of Oxford. The report, which comes on the heels of a major United Nations-backed study of the impacts of global temperatures rising 1.5 deg C, is based on analysis of the amount of carbon expected to be emitted over the lifespan of the plants. Those estimates are then compared to how much carbon can be released without the planet reaching certain temperature-increase limits. The Oxford study underscores challenges facing policymakers in government and finance about what kind of power technologies to support, especially in South-east Asia, where developing nations are seeking to bring electricity and wealth to growing populations without exacerbating climate change. The analysis will allow governments and investors to assess whether plants align … [Read more...] about South-east Asia power plants seen clashing with UN climate goals
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East Asia’s oceans are sources of massive wealth and vital highways of world trade, but the East China Sea and South China Sea are riven with state-to-state hostilities, making its many disputed territories flashpoints of potential conflict. Exacerbating this risk at a time when regional powers such as China and Japan are upgrading their navies is the lack of any consultative regional security body to serve as a conflict resolution and crisis management body. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox These risks, and some potential solutions, were addressed at last month’s multinational Seoul Defense Forum, which welcomed vice-ministerial level delegates and military professionals from around the region and elsewhere in the world to the Chosun Hotel in the South Korean capital. However, while the conference was attended by a wide range of representatives, one key regional security player was notably absent: organizers told journalists that … [Read more...] about How can East Asia defuse multiple maritime security risks?
SINGAPORE - A public hospital here has carried out South-east Asia's first liver transplant involving a living donor and incompatible blood groups. In July last year, Mr Chen Yu Hui, 56 and his son Chen Qingzhong, 32, underwent a 12-hour operation at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) to replace the elder Mr Chen's liver, as he was suffering from liver cancer, hepatitis B and liver cirrhosis. The elder Mr Chen has blood group B positive while his son has blood group A positive. Without a transplant, doctors predicted that the elder Mr Chen had fewer than two years to live. More than a year later, father and son are both recovering well and continue to go for follow-up medical checks, SGH said in a media briefing on Thursday (Sept 20). The younger Mr Chen even had his first child - a son - born in November last year. While kidney transplants involving living donors with blood groups incompatible with that of recipients have been performed in Singapore since 2008, this was the first such … [Read more...] about SGH is the first in South-east Asia to perform living donor liver transplant involving incompatible blood groups
Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said at a joint press conference that both sides agreed that the denuclearisation of North Korea is a common goal for Japan and Russia. It is of no little significance that both countries have shared a common understanding to help stabilise the regional situation in East Asia. During the meeting, Russia showed its view that sanctions against Pyongyang – imposed on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions – should be eased, on the grounds that North Korea has declared its intention to denuclearise. The process toward the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missiles remains uncertain even after the US-North Korea summit. It has been pointed out that North Korea has continued producing intercontinental ballistic missiles and fissile materials. In such circumstances, easing the sanctions is impetuous. It is reasonable for Foreign Minister Taro Kono to have called for stringent implementation of the sanctions … [Read more...] about Japan must build confidence with Russia for stability in East Asia
STOCKHOLM - Weapons imports to the Middle East and Asia have boomed over the past five years, fuelled by war and tensions in those regions, a new study showed on Monday. Saudi Arabia -- which is waging a war against Shiite Houthi rebels like these pictured in 2016 -- is the world's second largest importer of arms after India, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute In the period between 2013 and 2017, arms imports to the conflict-ridden Middle East more than doubled, jumping by 103 percent compared with the previous five-year period, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) calculated.And the Middle East accounted for 32 percent of all arms imports worldwide.SIPRI, an independent institute, monitors arms deliveries by volume over periods of five years in order to iron out short-term fluctuations.Saudi Arabia -- which is waging a war against Shiite Houthi rebels backed by its regional rival Iran -- is the world's second largest importer of arms after … [Read more...] about War, conflict fuel arms imports to Middle East, Asia: study