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Published on 18 August 2015
Local activist Gerry Arances, from the Philippines movement for climate justice, says the number could be as high as 59, a figure based on permit applications lodged with the energy department. “It’s ironic given we are at ground zero of climate change the government has approved over 50 coal power plants,” he told RTCC. In an article for RTCC, Philippines climate commissioner Heherson Alvarez…
Published on 11 August 2015
The promise will begin to take concrete form as soon as all 196 UN members submit their “intended nationally determined commitments” (INDCs). These will determine whether the world can stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and limit global temperature rise to 2C in order to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Capping 23 years of intense research, debate and negotiation, the Paris…
Published on 3 August 2015
It emerged as the top concern among Filipinos, even beating out concern for tensions with China over the West Philippine Sea. The China issue came in second place, with 56% of Filipinos saying they were very concerned about it. The same survey also asked about their level of concern for issues like global economic stability, cyber attacks, and terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq…
Published on 3 August 2015
“As one of the most vulnerable regions in the world, it is important to bring ASEAN-specific issues and corresponding commitments into light,” Beatrice Tulagan, one of the Philippine delegates, said. “The Philippine team reiterated the human rights approach to climate change, emphasizing quite a number of times that one cannot reduce the most vulnerable communities to a lazy statistic and there is a moral imperative…
Published on 21 July 2015
Hosted by the French government, the Paris Summit of Conscience for the Climate will be held on July 21. “It is designed to remind everyone – including delegates to the COP (Conference of Parties), faith leaders, artists, economists, UN officials and young people around the world – that protecting the planet is a deeply personal issue and ultimately our responsibility as passionate individuals,” said…
Published on 21 July 2015
Legarda, who will join over 40 religious, political and environmental leaders from around the world at the Summit of the Consciences for the Climate on July 21 in Paris, France, said every citizen of the world should take action against climate change. “Until we have taken it upon ourselves that the key to climate change adaptation and mitigation lies in each and every individual’s…
Published on 14 July 2015
The four cities became the pilot areas of the WWF-BPI Foundations study based mainly from the occurrence of storms, floods, drought and other extreme climate events during the past decade. To seize the trends drawn from existing climate studies and city-specific socio-economic information, the study worked with scenario building exercises and linked their predictions for each city to an action-oriented proposal for present-day decisions. The…
Published on 10 July 2015
Local governments may send project proposals to access the fund as early as August, said Red Constantino, PSF board member representing civil society, during a Senate environment committee hearing on Wednesday, July 8. “Paris is going to be really important for the whole world so we don’t want to go to Paris without having issued a call for proposals. I’m hoping in August we…
Published on 6 July 2015
The rice varieties are climate-resilient, higher yielding, resistant to major pests and diseases, and resistant to hostile environments. The collaborative project, titled “Accelerating the development and adoption of next-generation rice varieties for major ecosystems in the Philippines,” is an initiative under the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), PhilRice and IRRI in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Los…
Published on 6 July 2015
“The investment in farm machineries and postharvest facilities is also a climate-change adaptability initiative. It also raised our corn’s quality and helped it become more price-competitive,” de Luna said in a statement. He added that if harvesting is done manually during typhoons, the chances of crops being damaged are higher. “If you will use a combined harvester, you can harvest a hectare in no…
Published on 3 July 2015
The collaborative project entitled, ‘Accelerating the development and adoption of next-generation (NextGen) rice varieties for major ecosystems in the Philippines’ aims to fast-track the introduction and adoption of higher yielding inbred and hybrid rice varieties that are resistant to major pests and diseases, and can withstand adverse environments. To help the country achieve food security, the project targets to produce higher yields by…
Published on 29 June 2015
Rep. Francisco T. Matugas (1st District, Surigao Del Norte), chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said House Bill 5845 authored by Rep. Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica (4th District, Bulacan) shortens the process of reverting the unutilized fishponds to forestlands, which could spur socioeconomic development in the countryside. Villarica said the bill amends Section 43 of Presidential Decree 705, otherwise known as the…
Published on 26 June 2015
Combined with rising inequality, the two forces could make the more equal distribution of the fruits of economic growth a "distant goal" for the world's most populous region, where 700 million people — two thirds of the world's poor — still wallow in poverty. "In one country after another, climate change frequently threatens to offset decades of gains in poverty reduction," the report said…
Published on 16 June 2015
On Tuesday, June 9, the Senate committee on climate change discussed the Philippines’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), a list of “post-2020 climate actions” that will help countries achieve the international goal of keeping global warming below 2°C. The goal was agreed upon in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) of 1992. Before the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in…
Published on 9 June 2015
In Vanuatu, a Climate Change and Human Rights workshop was held onboard the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, where Vanuatu President Baldwin Londsdale welcomed close to 40 delegates and civil society groups from Pacific Island nations. They were joined by representatives from the Philippines including former national climate negotiator Naderev “Yeb” Saño and Dolores, Samar Mayor Emiliana Villacarillo, who showed their solidarity with…
Published on 9 June 2015
There are 17 coal-fired power plants currently operating in the country. But, according to the group, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), this number is about to change significantly very soon. Fifty-nine coal plants have already been approved by the government for construction and 15 more are in the pipeline. While coal is sold cheaply, environmental group Greenpeace says, the adverse effects of carbon…
Published on 5 May 2015
Likewise, it was also reported that the Philippines was the worst affected country in 2013 — the very year Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the country. Extreme weather brought about 6.65 deaths per 100,000 inhabits and about 3.82% in losses per unit GDP. Later this year, the United Nations will conduct the Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, aiming to achieve an international agreement among…
Published on 5 May 2015
The financial requirement would be heavy on poor nations with coastal communities vulnerable to the expected rise in sea level anywhere from 52 centimeters to 98 centimeters by 2100. This rise in sea level would threaten billions of people, she added, “and increasing temperatures and shifting weather patterns threaten major economic sectors, such as agriculture, tourism and energy supply.” Problems associated with the dire…
Published on 29 April 2015
It was given a day before the global celebration of Earth Day, delivered to an audience of government officials, civil society groups, and students in Quezon City. Paje emphasized the growing impact of climate change to the Philippine environment and communities, citing the example of recent strong typhoons. "Climate change is now a part of our lives. It is real, it is happening, and…
Published on 29 April 2015
In a blog post, Saño wrote, “Today, I wish to announce that I am stepping down as a Commissioner of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission. I will be working with different faith groups across the world, as part of the larger global climate movement.” Saño expressed gratitude to the Philippine government and the Filipino people for the opportunity and honor of serving his country…
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