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The making of a truly green city begins with calculating its carbon emissions, and then introducing policies that will spur the transition to renewable energy, say officials from San Carlos City in the Philippines.

The SaCasol Solar Farm is divided into four phases which collectively produce 45 MW of solar energy. Image: SaCaSol

San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, the Philippines, was once home to one of the country’s biggest sugar mills. But as the growth of the sugar industry has slowed since the 1980s, the city has sought alternative means of generating revenue. It has harnessed one of its most abundant natural resources: sunshine.

Read more: This small city in the Philippines is taking big steps to curb emissions

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday said it would sue at least 7 hikers from Cebu for causing the blaze inside the Mt. Pulag National Park in Benguet that "endangered" people and forest resources. 

Read more: DENR to sue 7 hikers from Cebu over Mt. Pulag blaze

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MANILA - A $500-million flood control project in the capital can be implemented in January, the Department of Finance said Tuesday.

Phase one of the project calls for the rehabilitation of 36 pumping stations and the construction of new ones in Manila, Pasay, Pasig, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Caloocan, Valenzuela and Quezon City, the DOF said in a statement.

The World Bank and China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will each provide $207.6 million while Manila will shoulder $84.8 million of the project cost, according to the statement.

Read more: Metro Manila flood control project may start in Jan, gov't says

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