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Published on 9 June 2020 by Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) said on Tuesday that the Philippines needs to preserve now more than ever its coastal and marine resources to protect its valuable contribution in the field of medicine and providing services for the health sector. “The public should give preferential attention in reinforcing, observing, and developing coastal and marine activities to facilitate the conservation, rehabilitation, and sustainable management of the…
Published on 12 May 2020
MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) recorded blisteringly high temperatures in several stations across the country throughout the weekend. Warning of possible heat cramps, exhaustion, and even stroke, Pagasa reminded the general public to regularly drink water and reduce physical activity during midday to prevent heat stress. "The air temperature in Echague, Isabela reached 40.1°C yesterday, May 9. It…
Published on 22 April 2020 by Ian Nicolas Cigaral
MANILA, Philippines — Ayala Corp. announced Monday it will fully offload its investments in coal-fired power developments by 2030, joining other big companies around the globe in shifting away from projects that contribute to climate change. The oldest Philippine conglomerate’s energy unit, AC Energy Philippines, is “making a commitment to transition to a lower-carbon portfolio by rebalancing our generation portfolio to grow our renewable energy assets,” Fernando…
Published on 23 March 2020
Deputy Speaker and Antique lone district Rep. Loren Legarda is pushing for the establishment of edible landscapes and community gardens to help lessen the impact of climate change. She urged the national government agencies, local governments, businesses, offices, industries, and households to set up community gardens and edible landscapes “to help ensure food supply and ecosystem services.” “For a climate-vulnerable and developing country like the…
Published on 9 March 2020
Jinky Malibato has been seeking sanctuary in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Davao City for five years, the second home of over 500 internally displaced Lumad people. She and her family fled their community in Kapalong town in Davao del Norte in early 2015 because of attacks by soldiers and paramilitary groups. But seeking refuge in a place far from home…
Published on 9 March 2020
The Philippines may be small in land area, but with over 7,100 islands, the country has one of the most extensive coastlines in the world. This makes the archipelago among the most vulnerable to the impact of global warming. Last week, researchers warned that sea-level rise and climate change are on track to wipe out half the world’s beaches by 2100. Even with a drastic…
Published on 7 February 2020
From being second in 2014 and third from 2015 until 2018, the Philippines improved its ranking and now ranks as the ninth riskiest country worldwide as a consequence of extreme weather events, according to the latest World Risk Index. The country’s index is at 20.69 — an improvement from 28.25 (second) in 2014, 27.98 (third) in 2015, 26.70 (third) in 2016, 27.69 (third) in 2017…
Published on 7 February 2020 by Ercel Maandig
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- This city will host the third Philippine Environment Summit on February 26-28 this year, which will focus on discussions about climate change. Dr. Angelina Galang, president of Green Convergence that organizes the event, said Friday the summit will showcase programs and projects that contribute to the country’s social and economic advancement while protecting the environment. “Global warming and its flip…
Published on 21 January 2020
Janice Lao, who steered the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Group’s shift away from single-use plastics last year, talks about being a sustainability leader, supporting her daughter’s burgeoning awareness of climate change, and her unsustainable guilty pleasure. When Janice Lao took the helm of sustainability at one of Asia’s oldest and most prestigious hotel groups three years ago, she had already spent more than a decade…
Published on 17 December 2019
With the drastic effects of climate change now heavily experienced on a global scale, we have come to the point of no return. This is all the more undeniable in the case of the Philippines, where greater environmental hurdles burgeon. Greenpeace has recognized the Philippines as the “third-worst polluter into the world’s oceans” — an ironic reality for what was once known as the eighth largest fish…
Published on 17 December 2019 by Dan Steinbock
By international comparison, the Philippines should not necessarily suffer from major water crises. So, why has Metro Manila turned into a Cape Town? According to data by World Resources International (WRI), 17 countries — home to one-quarter of the world’s population — are coping with “extremely high” levels of baseline water stress. That’s because irrigated agriculture, industries, and municipalities withdraw annually more than 80 percent…
Published on 8 October 2019 by Wynken Gelito
Responding to the leaders' lack of action on the climate crisis, voices of the youth are slowly amplified through the global climate strike MANILA, Philippines – You could hear a pin drop at the plaza in front of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). When I arrived, there was nothing but silence. Then, they came. First, a single voice through the megaphone; then, it echoed…
Published on 5 September 2019 by Rosette Adel
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched an extensive two-month investigation on the impact of smoke from fires and pollutions have on clouds to improve the weather and climate forecasts in the Philippines. This study called Cloud, Aerosol, and Monsoon Processes -  Philippines Experiment (CAMP2Ex) is led by NASA, US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Manila Observatory in conjunction with PAGASA and the Department of Science…
Published on 7 August 2019
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Published on 22 July 2019
The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior and Local Government will team up to provide water for irrigation as well as for drinking to far-flung barangays. MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be signing a memorandum of agreement to launch a solar-powered water supply program for off-grid barangays. In…
Published on 19 July 2019
The country’s transition towards a green economy is getting a much-needed boost with the significant financial resources from the private sector in “green” projects.   At the recent 2019 Asia-Pacific High-Level Forum on Green Economy in Bangkok, Thailand, Undersecretary Ferdinand Pecson, executive director of the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP Center), shared to forum participants how the Philippines attracts “green” investments.    The PPP is a…
Published on 19 July 2019
Local communities are essential to managing risks and building resilience in the era of climate change, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). In a statement delivered at the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019: A High-Level Roundtable Discussion in New York, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said the community-driven disaster-risk reduction is the country’s “best hope” when disasters strike. “Let me emphasize that…
Published on 5 July 2019
Mugs made of bamboo, bowls from coconut shells, and plates from banana leaves. These are the new utensils being used at the canteen of Bulata National High School (BNHS) in Cauayan, Negros Occidental as the school promotes a plastic-free culture in providing meals and snacks for its more than 400 students and teachers. The concept is inspired by the “Wala Usik” Sari-Sari Store, an initiative…
Published on 26 June 2019
A store in Cebu City is slowly gaining the attention of residents and nearby communities due to its unique payment system. At the Plastic Barter Store, customers won’t have to bring money when they shop for food and assorted goodies. Instead, they would only need to hand over plastic trash. The eco-friendly store, which opened June 15, features various products including canned goods, rice, school…
Published on 18 June 2019 by Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ)
A dead whale filled with plastic trash. Containers of trash shipped back to a foreign country after six years. The problem of plastic waste and the Philippines have different portraitures, including these two, unsheathing concerns on pollution and even tension in foreign relations. What should be included in this imagery, however, is that of the Philippines linking the reduction of plastic waste into its strategy…
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