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Balancing sustainability and economic needs in Southeast Asia's energy transition

Indonesia and Vietnam face the intricate task of aligning their green aspirations and financial strategies with the existing commitment to numerous coal-powered energy projects.

David Hutt reports for Deutsche-Welle.

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Climate change and the shift to cleaner energy push Southeast Asia to finally start sharing power

The urgency for Southeast Asian nations to switch to clean energy to combat climate change is breathing new life into a 20-year-old plan for the region to share power.
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Spring brings record heat to Europe, North Africa, Southeast Asia

A hot spell in Southeast Asia has broken all-time heat records. It comes on the heels of a record-breaking heat wave in Southern Europe and North Africa that scientists say was “almost impossible” without climate change.

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Climate change a factor in ‘unprecedented’ South Asia floods

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