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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…
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
“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…
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