Ozone Hole in 2015
Ozone Hole in 2015 | Credit: NASA's Earth Observatory

Antarctic Ozone Hole Begins to Heal; Climate Adaptation Efforts in Kiribati, Southeast Asia

The Washington Post (6/30) reported on new research that says the ozone hole in the Antarctic is beginning to heal thanks to Montreal Protocol policies set forth in 1987 to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals. 

 
The New York Times (7/2) explored how environmental impacts linked to climate change are threatening the island-nation of Kiribati and how its government is planning for the nation’s future. 
 
Newsweek (6/28) wrote an in-depth piece on Southeast Asian countries facing climate and environmental challenges and using modern and ancient techniques to adapt. Techniques include using satellite data to monitor water usage, developing rice varieties that are drought or saline resistant, enhancing gender equality and diversifying food sources. 
 
Vietnam’s Thanh Nien News (7/5) said the U.S. Government announced $500,000 in emergency assistance for Vietnamese citizens being affected by the worst drought and saltwater intrusion in decades.
 
The Washington Post (7/1) said climate change is causing an expansion of the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool, an ocean area that affects monsoons, tropical cyclones and global atmospheric circulation.
 
Climate Home (7/5) said Germany and Saudi Arabia announced intentions to ratify the Paris climate agreement by the end of 2016. 
 
The Hill quoted the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, Jonathan Pershing, saying the upcoming U.S. presidential election will have little impact on American efforts to combat climate change. 
 
Reuters (6/30) reported the World Bank will lend more than $1 billion to India for its solar energy program. 
 
Country
Kiribati
Strategic Objective
Mitigation, Adaptation
Topics
Water and Sanitation, Mitigation, Gender and Social Inclusion, Climate Science, Climate Policy, Climate Finance, Clean Energy, Adaptation
Region
Global, Asia

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