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Published on 7 August 2014
Climate change affects migration Taken from a viewpoint of the founding and current member of the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, Merlie “Milet” Mendoza who enunciated in details her topic during the Information Officers’ Summit on Climate Change Advocacy conducted by the Philippine Information Agency and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Caraga on Wednesday in this city, she expressed that climate change can…
Published on 23 July 2014
While the island state struggles to repair the damage wreaked by typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people, preparations have long been under way for the next season. The Philippine meteorological agency, Pagasa, recently announced the beginning of this year's rainy season and warned that 18 typhoons could hit the country by the end of December. For the country's Climate Change Commission, discussions on…
Published on 23 July 2014
According to Yumul, the Philippine economy remains stagnant due to various disasters that hit the country. “When government funds are supposed to maximize development of our emerging sectors, we keep on donating to those devastated, repairing the cities or barangays, etc.,” he said. Yumul stressed that helping those in need is not wrong, but it will hinder the country’s growth especially in the imminent ASEAN…
Published on 15 July 2014
The initial findings of the report were presented on Wednesday, July 9, as part of an outreach event of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is a Nobel Prize-winning group of hundreds of scientists from all over the world collating and assessing findings on climate change. The IPCC’s most recent report, the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), concluded that global warming is unequivocal…
Published on 15 July 2014
Filipino scientists joined over 500 other researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers, representatives of non-government organizations, and stakeholders from 39 other counties at the event in order to find answers to the coral reef crisis in the Asia Pacific region. Danger from climate change Research presented at the conference revealed new insights into how humans and human-driven climate change are affecting coral reefs, such as…
Published on 2 July 2014
Guiding the World Bank Group's engagement in the Philippines from 2015 until 2018, the new CPS supports the country's development programs in five key engagement areas: Transparent and accountable governance: strengthening public financial management,improving fiscal transparency and financial accountability, and supporting greater demand from citizens for government accountability. Empowerment of the poor and vulnerable: improving health and education outcomes, strengthening social protection and ensuring…
Published on 23 June 2014
Reyes said the climate change has allowed farmers to plant several crops, as the weather is now more conducive to planting. “Compared before, the province is not being hit often by typhoons lately,” Reyes said adding the rise in the number of tourists coming to the province. “Additional flights bound for the province have been made,” he said. He lamented that more residents are now…
Published on 23 June 2014
Established by the World Bank, the WIBCI is the latest type of crop insurance that automatically settles claims in tandem with certain weather conditions that forms part of the index and is adapted by the Philippines as part of economic measures related to the climate change. As such the WIBCI requires no field inspection or reports to verify claims in the aftermath of extremely bad…
Published on 5 June 2014
The framework is climate change, and the exposure of the Philippines to extraordinary hazards in the coming months and years because of it. The conference in Manila on Thursday is the last of 17 "Iba Na Ang Panahon" workshops conducted nationwide. During the workshop, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) introduced the concept of "disaster…
Published on 5 June 2014
The Philippines has seen an influx of foreign aid and a flurry of legislative activity since last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the country’s Visayas region in November. But despite this, many affected communities are yet to fully recover. The fund, per the Philippine government’s proposal, “will be designed to build resilience at the national, local government and individual level,” according to World Bank vice…
Published on 5 June 2014
Super Typhoon Yolanda had provided policy makers a view of how seriously the poor suffer from extreme weather calamities, Dr. Juan Antonio Perez, executive director for the Commission on Population (Popcom), said in a speech during the 5th National Population, Health and Environment Conference here. Perez, in a speech read for him by Popcom Deputy Executive Director Rosa Marcelino, said he helped document these experiences…
Published on 21 May 2014
To make conditions even worse, evacuation centers (EC) weren’t spared when the super typhoon wreaked havoc in the country, rendering more than 400 ECs unlivable due to damage. The damage brought by Yolanda emphasized the importance of disaster-resilient infrastructure especially in areas prone to harsh weather conditions. Resilient homes Addressing the lack of disaster-resilient shelters, Ortigas & Co., in partnership with the Department of Science…
Published on 21 May 2014
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III switched on the plant at an opening ceremony in San Carlos City on Thursday. In its first phase, the San Carlos City project features 13 MW of power capacity, which will be expanded to 22 MW in the coming months. Once complete, the plant will generate enough electricity in a year to power the equivalent of 13,000 local homes. Conergy…
Published on 21 May 2014
Environment Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said the seven-year Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Program (Inremp) would address the severe degradation of land and water in important watershed areas by promoting the use of native species. A million hectares “Inremp is akin to the National Greening Program because it also targets to rehabilitate some one million hectares using 58 million indigenous tree seedlings that…
Published on 16 May 2014
The other eight cities are Johor Bahru on the straits of Johor separating Malaysia and Singapore; Tetouan in northern Morocco; Uberlandia in the state of Minas Gerais of Brazil; Hunchun in Jilin province of northeast China; Onitsha on the eastern bank of Niger River in Nigeria; Nampula, the third-largest city in Mozambique; Malmo, part of the Oresund region in the south of Sweden; and Santa…
Published on 8 May 2014
But aid agencies say Haiyan is likely to just be the overture. The rising intensity of tropical storms, combined with their increasingly unseasonal timings, means rebuilding may be incomplete when the next super typhoon hits. This would compound the disaster into a catastrophe. Tariq Reibl, Oxfam's humanitarian response manager for the Philippines, says that climate change will mean destructive storms, disastrous enough in isolation, will…
Published on 8 May 2014
Coal-driven climate change The climate crisis worsens as fossil fuels continue to drive up greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause global warming, according to the International Energy Agency. In the 2011 emissions trends, coal contributed the largest chunk of carbon dioxide emissions - about 44% - among all fossil fuels. The trend is already being reflected in Third World countries like the Philippines where transnational…
Published on 2 May 2014
The report focused on what humans can still do to reduce the greenhouse gases emitted in the atmosphere and causing the Earth to warm up. The Philippines has 17 coal plants all over the country, combusting coal to produce energy. Every year, they spew 32.1 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), the greenhouse gas with the highest concentrations in the atmosphere, according to the Philippine…
Published on 2 May 2014
Coloma said that Resolution 6 by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) authorizes the dialogue with Worldwatch Institute for the design of “Sustainable Power System: A Roadmap for the Philippines.” Through the resolution, the CCC officially invites Alexander Ochs, director of the Climate and Energy Worldwatch Institute, to discuss his offer to help the country design a sustainable power system. Meanwhile, Resolution 7, endorses the Black…
Published on 2 May 2014
Tesda will fund the production costs and provide the training for assembling the lights while the MMDA will supply the manpower and identify the beneficiaries. The first of the four-watt solar street lights were put together Tuesday at the Tesda Women’s Center in Taguig City and installed on a footbridge on Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. The streetlights cost P2,500 each and utilize the “Liter…
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