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Ruth P. Briones, the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Greenergy Solutions Inc. and Lead Convenor of Zero Waste Philippines Project announced that Greenergy Solutions had sponsored the two-day Workshop of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ) held on November 5-6, 2010 at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila, Philippines.

The Journalists’ workshop dubbed as “Too Hot To Handle: Understanding Climate Change” had gathered the best minds of Philippine Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation initiatives and advocacy. Leading the list include the Vice-Chair of the Philippine Climate Change Commission, Heherson Alvarez who delivered the Welcome Address that dealt on Philippine Strategies to combat climate change.

Read more: Greenergy Solutions Sponsors Environmental Journalists Forum On Climate Change

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Says developed countries must provide support to developing nations

MEXICO CITY - If a balanced outcome is to be struck on climate change, developed countries must provide support to developing countries, Senior Minister S Jayakumar urged as he chaired ministerial talks in Mexico ahead of the United Nations climate change meeting next month.

In particular, Professor Jayakumar called for a new Climate Fund to be established in Cancun, which would "serve as a confidence building measure and signal the developed countries' willingness to provide long-term support to developing countries to undertake adaptation and mitigation actions".

Financing, technology cooperation and capacity building will be core issues in the upcoming negotiations, Singapore's National Climate Change Secretariat said on Friday.

Read more: Jayakumar calls for Climate Fund

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By adopting certain fiscal policies for coping with climate change, Vietnam has been restructuring its economy on an environmentally friendly and sustainable basis.

This view was shared by Yvo De Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai in Hanoi on November 5.

Read more: Long-term strategy to cope with climate change

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THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS | An 80-nation conference on food security is urging U.N. climate negotiators to consider agriculture when drawing up strategies to fight climate change.

The five-day meeting has ended with a call to invest in new farming practices that will curb greenhouse gas emissions and better use currently available land to feed a global population of 9 billion by 2050.

About 30 percent of carbon emissions come from farming, livestock and forest destruction.

Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker says agriculture must be integrated into climate negotiations and should receive some of the funds earmarked for poor countries to help them reduce emissions and adapt to changing climate conditions.

The conference, attended by 60 government ministers, ended Friday.

 

Source: Business Week (AP) | 05 November 2010

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The fifth UN-REDD Policy Board meeting, which took place in Washington DC, US, from 4-5 November 2010, approved US$15.2 million for five new countries, and confirmed or pledged funds of US$7.4 million.

Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Paraguay received approvals for US$3 million, $6.4 million and $4.7 million, respectively, after having presented the Board with full national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) readiness programmes. Solomon Islands and the Philippines were allocated approximately US$500,000 each for their initial national programmes.

Read more: UN-REDD Policy Board Approves Funding for Five New Countries

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(Reuters) - Scientists studying tree rings to reconstruct the past have found that major volcanic eruptions can boost rains in Southeast Asia, challenging a common perception of volcanoes as purely destructive forces.

Studies in the past have shown massive eruptions such as the 1815 Tambora blast, and Krakatau in 1883, both in Indonesia, dimmed temperatures globally and wiped out crops.

Researchers at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in the United States wanted to study the impacts on the Asian monsoon, whose rains are vital to crops and livelihoods for billions of people.

Read more: Volcanic blasts can boost SE Asia rains -study

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The Philippines is taking on the challenge of leading the development of renewable energy (RE) in the region, an energy official said.

In an interview on the sidelines of the Clean Energy Expo 2010 here, Department of Energy Undersecretary Loreta Ayson said the Aquino administration faces a daunting task of meeting the challenges of RE development.

“I see the event as a call for the use of clean energy towards energy security and climate change mitigation,” she said, adding that the Philippine RE program is consistent with what the other countries in the region are doing.

Read more: Philippines takes on challenge of leading renewable energy development in region

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a new website highlighting agriculture practices that reduce farmers' vulnerability to climate impacts and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, sequester carbon, and improve farm yields and household incomes.

The FAO will update the website to present case studies and lessons learned globally. The website highlights: activities in Cameroon to develop and distribute improved crop varieties; agroforestry practices in Mozambique that result in carbon payments; biodigesters in Viet Nam that transform farm waste into biogas for cooking and lighting, as well as fertilizing fields; and improved water management in rice fields conserving water and reducing emissions in the Philippines. The press release highlights the challenges that rice farmers face in dealing with the adverse impacts of climate change, underscoring the potential for improved water management and seed varieties, more diversification of crops, and crop insurance. [Climate Smart Agriculture Website]

 

Source: Climate L | 04 November 2010

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Environmental Destruction

The UN fears that the last 20 years of development will be stalled by destruction of the environment and climate change. Photo: EPA

Climate change and destruction of the environment are the biggest threats to improving wealth and happiness around the world, according to a major United Nations report.

The annual Human Development report from the UN found that on the whole most of the world has become wealthier, healthier and better educated over the last 20 years.

But this rapid development is in danger of reversing because of the rise of global temperatures, that could cause an increase in natural disasters, especially in the poor world where countries are ill-equipped to cope.

Highlighting the failure of last year's UN climate summit in Copenhagen, the report called for renewed efforts to make sure that talks in Cancun, Mexico next month can tackle global warming and protect the environment.

Read more: Climate change is main barrier to development - United Nations

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- The city of Alexandria, Egypt's second largest, spills down either side of a thin ridge running some 100 kilometers along the Mediterranean coast, hard up against the sea on one side and marsh and reclaimed fields on the other.

It is an ancient port city, never designed for the car, and traffic congestion has long been the city's bane.

So a few years ago, gridlocked and desperate, the city paved over some of its beaches and ran a six-lane highway for 25 kilometers along the Mediterranean shore.

The corniche was hailed as a solution when it opened in 2006. But that salvation has exposed the city to a second problem: It changed the slope of the sea bottom, worsening erosion and storm surges.

As sea levels rise and storm surges increase in response to a changing climate, Alexandria is finding that a solution to one problem has inadvertently opened the city to others. Nor is Alexandria alone.

Around the world, low-lying cities are facing unexpected challenges that threaten to chew through scarce or non-existent cash and leave residents and property increasingly vulnerable.

Read more: Climate Adaptation: Adding to a Tide of Worry

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