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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
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://business.inquirer.net/276257/recycled-plastic-play-areas-unveiled
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…
Published on 30 May 2019
"It was so beautiful here before... Children were playing in the streets," San Jose said, adding: "Now we always need to use a boat." Most of the former residents have scattered to other parts of the region. Just a handful of families remain in Pariahan, which had its own elementary school, a basketball court, and a chapel before the water flowed in. These days just…
Published on 29 May 2019
As early as January 2019, farming communities in the municipalities of Pigkawayan in North Cotabato and Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao, both located on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines, have started early action planning to prepare for dry conditions brought on by El Niño. This El Niño has been affecting the country since March, and its effects will likely last through August 2019. The…
Published on 15 February 2019
Signed by DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and IRRI Director General Matthew Morell, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) highlights areas of collaboration between DA and IRRI that prioritize rice and rice-based research and development projects geared toward increasing yield, income and cropping intensity, reducing cost and postharvest losses, and enhancing marketing and resiliency to changing climate. “This renewed partnership solidifies IRRI and the DA’s commitment…
Published on 11 February 2019
White egrets at the Candaba Swamp Occasionally, we heard chirping sounds from a distance, adding to our excitement. As we drew near the area where hundreds of native and migratory birds flock during the migration season, the chirping sounds became louder and clearer. “Look, there’s one,” Gregg Yan, an environmentalist and conservation communication specialist whispered to a blogger next to him…
Published on 8 February 2019
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1082921/cavite-barangay-gives-kilo-of-rice-in-exchange-for-kilo-of-plastic Source: Inquirer | 8 February 2019
Published on 13 January 2019
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1072421/climate-change-toll-on-ph-agriculture-in-2018-p36b#ixzz5fBQ1zx5C Source: Inquirer | 13 January 2019
Published on 11 November 2018
"Now some of them are complaining because they have to find money to buy rice," he said. Rice is the most important staple in Asia, where the term "having a meal" literally means "eating rice" in many languages. Asia produces over 90 percent of the world's rice and consumes over 80 percent of it. Global consumption of rice is expected to grow even as…
Published on 11 November 2018
But what about climate change? While not all disasters are related to climate change, (e.g. earthquakes and volcanoes), between 1995 and 2015, 90% of major disasters were caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heat waves, droughts, and other weather-related events. And evidence shows that these extreme events are linked and made more severe due to human-induced climate change, magnifying poverty and inequality, bringing the…
Published on 15 September 2018
Ompong made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan at 1:40 AM (PHT), bringing with it high winds and nonstop torrential rains. It is currently heading towards Apayao and Ilocos Norte in northern Luzon. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimates that at least 5 million people who live in the projected path of the storm will be affected. Oxfam responder, April Abello-Bulanadi, sent…
Published on 13 August 2018
Here’s a look at key plans: The Backup City Besides the significantly higher elevation than Manila, New Clark City is sited away from earthquake fault lines. Should an earthquake still affect the area, the developers are using concrete mixed with a local organic building material called lahar for construction. Lahar consists of volcanic debris from Mount Pinatubo trapped in mud. Darker concrete made from it…
Published on 8 August 2018
As we pump more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the Earth traps more heat, scientists predict that the severity and frequency of heat waves will continue to increase. Which might lead one to wonder: Is there a way to turn down the planet’s thermostat? One concept gaining momentum is geoengineering: deliberately manipulating the Earth’s climate. Though currently only being tested in very small experiments…
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