U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Energy are working together to help energy regulators in ASEAN countries to establish energy efficiency standards and labeling programs: some of the most cost-effective and proven methods to curb rising energy demand from appliance use.
The United States Government today announced a $1.69 million environmental remediation project to support Vietnam in addressing Agent Orange/dioxin contamination at the Danang Airport.
The United States Government (USG) launched the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Technical Assistance and Training Facility (TATF) in October 2008, underlining the USG’s commitment to assist APEC in achieving its objectives. APEC is the premier venue for the USG to engage the Asia-Pacific region on a wide range of economic and other issues.
The parasite that causes the deadliest form of malaria is showing the first signs of resistance to the best new drug against it, the New York Times reported on January 26, citing recent medical studies and interviews with medical experts including Dr. John MacArthur of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The Mekong River Basin is home to 60 million people, of whom 70 percent are engaged in subsistence agriculture. These culturally diverse people are among the poorest in Asia, and they depend heavily on the river and its tributaries for food, income, transportation, and drinking water. As such, they are highly vulnerable to changes in climate. One of the expected consequences of this change is rising temperatures. As temperatures rise, many species of crops, fish and animals lose their vigor and are less able to compete, while other animal, plant and insect species move in to take their place. This can be very disruptive to agriculture and fisheries and the people that depend on them. Another change that scientific models predict is a substantial increase in weather variability. This too can have a dramatic effect on the kinds of crops that can be grown or harvested from nearby land.
Last updated: November 29, 2013