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Thailand, Myanmar build 17-kilometer fire barrier
Pattaya Mail, 22 January 2018
Thai and Myanmar authorities on Saturday built a 17-kilometer long barrier in the northern province of Chiang Rai as a precautionary measure against forest fires.
1,500 people gathered in Mae Sai district to take part in the Thailand-Myanmar fire prevention program where participants erected fire barriers from Ban Ja Lor Community to Baan Huay Nam Rin Community in Wiang Phang Kham subdistrict.
The activity was held in honor of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn as well as to strengthen relations between the two neighboring nations.

Why 2018 is the year for business to step up climate action
By Andrew Steer and Grant F. Reid, World Economic Forum, 22 January 2018
Big numbers can drive change, so here’s a huge one: 800,000. That’s how many years it’s been since Earth’s atmosphere was as loaded with carbon dioxide as it is now. The steep rise in this heat-trapping gas underlines the need for a globally sustainable economy if we want to avoid the costliest impacts of climate change this century.

Climatecoin Aims to Be the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Cryptocurrency
By Brad Jones, Futurism, 22 January 2018
Climatecoin, an Ethereum-based cryptocurrency, has partnered with a carbon credit exchange in an effort to help in the fight against climate change. The move is expected to lead to the creation of the world’s first blockchain-based platform for carbon credits trading.
Carbon emissions are wreaking havoc on our environment, and one way the world is attempting to combat this problem is through the use of carbon credits, an approach agreed upon by most of the world’s nations through an international treaty called the Kyoto Protocol.

Delta partners with Duke University on ‘first-of-its-kind’ sustainability program
By Eric Mandel, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 22 January 2018
Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) is partnering with Duke University to help erase some of its carbon footprint.
The Atlanta-based airline said Monday that the two entities are engaging in a “first-of-its-kind sustainability program” that involves a combined purchase of 5,000 “carbon credits.” Delta, which is the official airline of the university and its athletics, said the partnership offsets carbon from all Duke business travel on Delta in 2017, while supporting urban forestry in the Raleigh-Durham area through funding the planting and care of 1,000 new trees.