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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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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…
Published on 13 April 2015
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/685055/16-ph-cities-not-ready-for-climate-change-challenge-says-study Source: Inquirer.net | 13 April 2015
Published on 13 April 2015
The findings said the warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented in decades to millennia; the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased; each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth's surface than any preceding decade since 1850; and 1983–2012 was likely the warmest 30-year period of the last…
Published on 31 March 2015
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/682213/paje-ph-ready-to-cut-carbon-emissions-too Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer | 30 March 2015  
Published on 16 March 2015
The Asian archipelago, whipped by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, is now in the grips of the "El Niño" phenomenon that can make storms "stronger" and more "erratic", weather service Chief Vicente Malano said. "El Niño may cause the behavior of tropical cyclones to become erratic, affecting (their) tracks and intensity," he said in an advisory, adding that the same number of…
Published on 9 March 2015
The action is a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) option that intertwines policy, economic incentives, and education to ensure lasting and transformative change. This NAMA is the result of collaboration between the Philippine government and The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and is an exceptional model of scalable, replicable action to address climate change in the context of sustainable development. The need for…
Published on 9 March 2015
An offshore residence in Beton, Palawan. Mavic Matillano/WWF "We like fiestas, and we like coming together and celebrating meaningful things," Ibay said, noting that the Philippines has topped participation records from 2009 to 2013.The switch-off will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. The WWF urged attendees to come in sporty attire and bright colors for a…
Published on 5 November 2014
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) chairman Rosendo So said that unlike in urban areas where people can immediately continue with their daily routine when floods subside, people in rural communities have to bear the brunt of lost livelihoods, lost income, and the difficulty of rebuilding their homes. As such, he said there is an urgent need to increase private investments and public expenditures to protect…
Published on 15 October 2014
In a press forum held at the University of Immaculate Conception Saturday, CCC vice chair Lucille Sering said the move was one of many options that local government units can tap. She said the commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government had issued a joint memorandum mandating LGUs to track and tag climate change related expenditures in the local budget. Sering was referring…
Published on 15 October 2014
Spanning 40 days and covering 1,000 km, participants will walk from Luneta to Tacloban, the site where supertyphoon Yolanda made landfall. They aim to arrive there on November 8, exactly one year since Yolanda hit. According to a press release, the Walk is expected to continue even after participants reach Tacloban, onto Cebu, Negros, Panay Island, and Palawan. These provinces were also damaged during supertyphoon…
Published on 15 October 2014
Climate Change Commission vice chair Lucille Sering told a Senate panel deliberating the agency's proposed 2015 budget on Wednesday, October 1, that the initiative is to be major undertaking of the commission. The Senate approved that day the agency's proposed budget of P78.25 million (US$1.7 million*), which the House of Representatives approved on September 26. Nearly half of this amount, or P37.5 million ($834,000), will…
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