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For communicating climate reality, journalists Howie Severino (GMA 7), Imelda Abano (PNEJ), Atom Araullo (ABS-CBN), and Voltaire Tupaz (Rappler) are recognized at the premiere screening of the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power," on Monday, August 28.

MEDIA CLIMATE CHAMPIONS. Journalists Voltaire Tupaz of Rappler, Atom Araullo of ABS-CBN, and Imelda Visaya Abano of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (L-R) cover the historic 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Convention Framework on Climate Change (COP21) in France. Photo courtesy of Imelda Abano

MANILA, Philippines – Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore's Climate Reality Project recognized four journalists from the Philippines who covered the historic Paris climate change conference and issues on global warming.

GMA 7 investigative journalist Howie Severino, Philippine EnviroNews editor-in-chief Imelda Visaya Abano, ABS-CBN multimedia journalist Atom Araullo, and Rappler's MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz were named "Media Climate Champions" at the premiere screening of the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," on Monday, August 28. (IN PHOTOS: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' premieres in PH)

Read more: Al Gore's Climate Reality Project names Pinoy 'Media Climate Champions'


  • Cyclone set to make landfall Tuesday, second storm closing in
  • Nation is battered by an average of 20 cyclones each year
Flooding in Manila on Sept. 12. Photographer: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Philippine financial markets were closed on Tuesday along with government offices and schools as heavy overnight rains flooded parts of the capital Manila and nearby provinces.

Read more: Philippine Markets Shut as Waist-High Storm Waters Flood Capital


Members of the Texas National Guard wading through floodwaters in Orange, Texas, on Saturday. People’s emissions of heat-trapping gases have increased the likelihood and severity of heat waves, extreme rainfall and storm surges. (AFP PIC)

LIKE most Americans recently, we have been transfixed by the still unfolding disaster in Houston and coastal Texas, described on the airwaves as “unprecedented” and “beyond anything experienced”.

On  the other side of the globe, another climate-related calamity has been unfolding, though it has received less attention: the ongoing monsoon flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal that has killed more than 1,400 people and displaced millions. As in Houston, recovery there will take years.

Read more: What scientists want you to see in flood waters


Politics aside, it’s time to get serious about adaptation.

People wait to enter the Germain Arena, which has served as a shelter from Hurricane Irma, on Saturday in Estero, Florida. Even as economic losses from disasters have risen, the number of human lives lost has dropped.

Over the span of just weeks, two of the nation’s most population-dense regions began a long and difficult road to recovery. Houstonians have already launched their extensive process of rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, and Floridians are just starting to return home to assess the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma. In the same period, wildfires continued to scorch the Western United States, Mexico’s most powerful earthquake in a century struck just off its southern coast, and monsoons persisted in their deadly deluge of parts of northern India. As we seek the best way to offer assistance, we’re also considering how we can prevent suffering and loss from natural disasters like these in the future.

Read more: The Most Important Thing We Can Do to Prepare for Weather Extremes


Global warming may have intensified Hurricane Harvey and storms in Asia and Africa but the real problem may be our sprawling cities.

 Residential neighbourhoods near Interstate 10 are flooded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Photograph: Marcus Yam/LA Times via Getty

First came the dire warnings of Hurricane Harvey, then the terrible scenes as the skies opened, whole neighbourhoods drowned and motorways became rivers. Now, as the waters subside and the full extent of the damage is assessed, come the voices of distraught people who have lost everything and the rallying of Americans to help in the recovery.

Read more: As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change?


Mars has pledged to spend $1 billion on its “Sustainability in a Generation” plan.It aims to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and promoting sustainable farming. Mars wants big companies around the world to follow its lead. It’s warning that “more extreme weather events” could cause “significant challenges and hardships” unless more action is taken.

A farmer carrying cocoa pods at a cocoa farm in Agboville, Ivory Coast. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

LONDON – The chocolate giant Mars is promising to spend close to $1 billion over the next few years fighting climate change.

Read more: ‘We’re trying to go all in’: Chocolate giant Mars pledges $1 billion to fight climate change


What systematic financial risks and fiscal impact does climate change pose? What are some of the emerging frameworks for valuing climate-related damage in key sectors such as agriculture and water resource management? What are good practice examples of partnerships to mitigate systematic climate risk and related losses?

Read more: Valuing climate change impacts in Viet Nam


In June, dozens of flights from Phoenix, Arizona, were cancelled during a heat wave

As if flying wasn't already enough of a chore, there's an increasing number of studies showing climate change might make it worse.

Read more: Climate change could make flights longer and bumpier


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Physicist Michio Kaku once said, "What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems... there's no law of physics preventing them." And so it has been with railway and metro bridges that span waterways. The city of Washington, D.C., is bounded on two sides by rivers and an untold number of streams. Every morning the Orange Line, one of six train lines that serve the city, ferries 12,060 commuters—per hour. And this miracle occurs every day in Berlin, Tokyo, London, Amsterdam, Shanghai, and numerous other metropolitan areas. In the United Kingdom alone there are more than 40,000 railway bridges.

Read more: In the face of climate change can our engineers keep the trains running on time?


By:  Doris Dumlao-Abadilla

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

27 August 2017



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