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Published on 26 October 2015
The 2009 Conference of Parties (COP) in Copenhagen failed to have a climate agreement, but the following COP in Cancun then resulted to a long term goal of achieving a 2ºC limit. Scientific studies, however, say that 2ºC warming is already highly dangerous. A study – led by climate scientist James Hansen, alongside 16 other scientists – said that 2 degrees of warming could…
Published on 26 October 2015
Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, chairman of the Task Force on Climate Change of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), said adaptation and mitigation should always go together in combatting climate change. “One should not exist without the other. Before, we see programs that are for adaptation only or mitigation only. Programs should be both for adaptation and mitigation,” Lasco said in an…
Published on 19 October 2015
Assistant Secretary Joyceline Goco, deputy executive director of the Climate Change Commission, said initial estimates showed that the country needs around $12 billion to $15 billion in support to achieve its intended nationally determined contributions (INDC) to address climate change. In a recent roundtable discussion with The STAR, Goco said the ambitious contribution of the Philippines is anchored on a condition that the country…
Published on 12 October 2015
In a press briefing for the 12th APEC Energy Ministers’ Meeting (EMM) here, Department of Energy Undersecretary Loreta Ayson said that aside from power demand, there is now a strong need to invest in resilient energy infrastructure as the region is faced with the challenges of climate change. “As we have emphasized before, APEC economies should learn from past experiences and shift to sustainable…
Published on 12 October 2015
Dubbed as “COP21: The Road to Paris Starts in Manila,” French Embassy deputy Head of Mission Laurent Le Godec said integrating the arts and cultural activities into the discussion of climate change expands the awareness and brings the technicalities of the issue closer to the people. “It is artists who can make new ideas come out and can express people’s sensibilities. We are talking…
Published on 12 October 2015
The conference was organized by the Embassy of France to the Philippines. Anna Abad, who leads the climate justice campaign of the Greenpeace Southeast Asia, quoted the Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index 2015 which stated that the Philippines is the most affected country in 2013, followed by Cambodia and India. The Philippines’ ranking had risen from No. 2 in 2012 to No. 1 in…
Published on 5 October 2015
The main agenda of the meeting is to formally adopt the V20 Action Plan outlining a concerted response to strengthening resilience and mitigating the debilitating impacts of climate change. Member-countries will also prepare for the V20 concerted contribution for the COP21 Meeting in Paris this December. Industrialized countries, besides development institutions, are the targeted sources of financial and technical support because they account for…
Published on 5 October 2015
In it, the Southeast Asian country said it would reduce carbon emissions by 70% by 2030, and would prioritize adaptation measures to protect citizens from impacts of climate change. “The Philippines’ INDC submission is the first step in our strong commitment to work on a meaningful climate deal in Paris,” Senator Loren Legarda said in an October 2 statement. (READ: What's happening in Paris…
Published on 2 October 2015
But this emission reduction target is conditional on assistance from the international community. The document, representing the country’s contribution to the global effort to combat and prepare for climate change, was submitted on Thursday, October 1, Manila time, said Climate Change Commissioner and Secretary Lucille Sering. This was the last day the UN set for INDC submissions. Aside from reducing carbon emissions, the Philippines…
Published on 28 September 2015
“World leaders gathering in New York this weekend will commit to achieving 17 historic SDGs by 2030 and the ADB stands ready to be an important part of global efforts to finance these goals,” Nakao said. “Nowhere is tackling climate change more critical than in Asia and the Pacific, where rising sea levels, melting glaciers and weather extremes, like floods and droughts, are damaging…
Published on 28 September 2015
The complaint, which is the first of its kind in the world, is being brought forward by typhoon survivors, advocates and non-governmental organizations, including Greenpeace Southeast Asia. The group is demanding an investigation into the top 50 investor-owned fossil fuel companies and their responsibility for climate impacts that endanger people’s lives and livelihoods, as well as that of future generations. “We demand justice. Climate…
Published on 21 September 2015
The island nation has so far experienced it fair share of extreme weather events, and there is no question that the island nation is, and will continue to be, a climate hotspot. However, there is still much we do not know about how climate change will affect the country – especially the future of agriculture and food production. To find out more, a collaborative…
Published on 21 September 2015
This was how European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker set the mood during his first annual State of the Union speech. He emphasized that climate change is “one of the root causes” of the ongoing refugee crisis springing from Syria. Juncker’s statements linking climate change to Syria may have been inspired by a report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which argued…
Published on 21 September 2015
“While the FPI recognizes the seriousness of the climate-change issue, the Philippines only has a very small contribution to global GHG emissions based on recognized global inventories and official reports of the Philippine Climate Change Commission,” FPI Chairman Jesus Arranza said. The FPI official pointed out that energy efficiency is already one of the Department of Energy’s cornerstone projects and, is in fact, one…
Published on 14 September 2015
The high-level policy form and research symposium will be held on September 18-19, 2015 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). “Through these avenues, we would like to address the country’s need for careful empirical assessment on the effects of climate change on…
Published on 14 September 2015
DPC is a sister company of Semirara Mining and Power Corp. owned and controlled by the family of David Consunji. Last July, Semirara’s coal mining operation in Caluya, Antique, was suspended by the Department of Energy (DOE) after nine of the company’s workers died in their shift during bad weather. The following month, DOE lifted its suspension order as it found that Semirara had…
Published on 14 September 2015
Released by German Watch, an environmental organization, the index also ranked Cambodia and India as the other countries most battered by calamities. Authorities also presented the United Nations report, which identified the Philippines as “third most-at-risk from climate change in the world,” after the South Pacific island-nations of Vanuatu and Tonga. They estimated that the countries will need at least $5 billion each to…
Published on 7 September 2015
The issue is crucial to the people of Caraga since the region hosts virgin forests that have been threatened by logging and mining companies. Among these firms are those owned or controlled by Liberal Party politicians, like SR Metals, which was organized in 2005 and operates the Tubay nickel mining project in Tubay, Agusan del Norte. The company started quarrying on the basis of…
Published on 7 September 2015
Dubbed as "Road to Paris," the climate caravan focuses on the roles of the Filipino youth and local government units (LGUs) to galvanize community climate action. In partnership with Dakila - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, the campaign also aims to gather grassroots support to encourage world leaders to come up with a strong and definitive climate agreement in Paris during the 21st Conference…
Published on 7 September 2015
The research, published Sept. 2 in Nature Communications, focuses on the Younger Dryas, a cooling period that started when the North Atlantic Current, an ocean current, stopped circulating. The event caused Earth’s northern hemisphere to enter into a deep chill, with temperatures in Greenland dropping by approximately 18 degrees Fahrenheit in less than a decade. Jud Partin, a research associate at the University…
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