There is in Vietnam a dense and complex network of hydraulic works comprising man-made canals, dykes and sluices. These were designed (and continue to be) to provide protection against floods, to prevent the intrusion of salinity, and to control irrigation for agriculture and aquaculture in the sprawling delta of the great Mekong.
The $100bn (£67bn) climate finance that rich countries have pledged to give poor nations per year from 2020 could catalyse up to $3tr of much-needed investment in new infrastructure each year, economist Lord Nicholas Stern will argue today. In a new paper, Lord Nicholas Stern, chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, will warn governments that that they could "deeply damage" sustainable development efforts if they insist on splitting climate finance from overseas aid.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signaled on Monday he would not bow to foreign pressure to commit to cuts in carbon emissions, instead pledging to use more clean energy and traditional methods to lead the fight against climate change.
India's government launched a new air quality index on Monday, under intense pressure to act after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared New Delhi the world's most polluted capital.
The world's vegetation has expanded, adding nearly 4 billion tonnes of carbon to plants above ground in the decade since 2003, thanks to tree-planting in China, forest regrowth in former Soviet states and more lush savannas due to higher rainfall.