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Published on 23 June 2017
The followers of my column can treat this as a third installment to my two-part column-series on a possible water crisis (‘Agriculture’s water problems can become too big’), but other issues are highlighted here to make aware to the public that the country is not yet “water secure.” Based on the National Water Security (NSW) Index by Economy of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from…
Published on 16 June 2017
On May 26, VSU Phil-LiDAR 1 and 2 projects turned over high resolution maps, and data in CDs to representatives of local government units in the 5 provinces of Region 8 after 3 years of research. HAZARD MAPS. The resolution maps and data turned over by VSU to local government units in Easter Visayas are the produce of their three years of research The flood…
Published on 16 June 2017
“Direct effects of CC are increased CO2 and temperature while indirect effects may include increased water variability, drought, floods, heat stress, soil salinity, and invasive pests and diseases, among others,” he said. Bantug PMPC farmers were then urged to adopt climate-smart technologies and practices. These include diversified farming, cultivation of varieties adapted to various ecosystems and stresses, controlled irrigation, and the use of machines that…
Published on 11 June 2017
The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), a DENR-attached agency, is pushing the immediate passage of Senate Bill No.1478 or the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Act (PHILBIDA), as well the creation of the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Council (PBIDC). Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, who sponsored the bill, said the absence of a government agency focused on bamboo hinders the development of the industry. “With only…
Published on 7 June 2017
The Pangilinan-led company said it continues to build new facilities including additional pumping stations and reservoirs to improve the water supply system’s climate change resiliency and to create redundancies in the event of a disaster. “We need to make these investments to enhance water reliability despite the threat of climate change, infrastructure limitations and the rising demand for water due to population growth and urbanization,”…
Published on 20 March 2017
“With its accession to the agreement, the Philippines confirms its commitment towards global climate action and affirms its leadership in pushing developed countries to undertake more ambitious action and to provide more support to developing countries,” the CCC said in a statement. It said the instrument of accession will be deposited to the United Nations (UN) in time for the next…
Published on 17 March 2017
A large focus of #EarthHourPH2017 will be on galvanizing the youth to be the climate leaders of tomorrow. Members of our National Youth Council led the Earth Hour Camp while two new WWF Youth Ambassadors were introduced along with the official WWF-Philippines song. “While the theme of Earth Hour remains at Shining a Light on Climate Action, we took to heart the role of the…
Published on 3 March 2017
The "Instrument of Accession" is a document signifying the Philippines' ratification of the historic climate change agreement. The signed document was received by Senator Loren Legarda, who said she will sponsor it for concurrence. Present at the ceremonial transmittal was Deputy Executive Secretary Meynard Guevarra and Legarda, who is the chair of the Senate committee on climate change. (READ: Senate to OK Paris climate deal…
Published on 3 March 2017
‘QUICK MELT’ Comiso, also a polar science expert, climatologist and satellite remote sensing scientist, cited the “quickly” melting phenomenon in Greenland during DOST-National Academy of Science and Technology’s “Science Information Forum on Global Climate Change Signals as Observed from Space” held in Manila yesterday. “The area of melt increased dramatically in Greenland in 2002 until 2012 where it was almost completely melted in a rate…
Published on 3 March 2017
That onslaught, one of El Niño’s strongest, adversely affected rainfall patterns and tropical cyclone formation in the country while bringing drought and dry spell to most areas nationwide, including Bulacan province where Angat Dam is located. State hydrologists however believe that Angat is unlikely to encounter water woes until the end of December, even if El Niño recurs this year. “Water in Angat is already…
Published on 3 March 2017
“We urge Sec. Lopez to include in the cancellation order all applications that cover watersheds areas in the region and in other parts of the Cordillera,” said the group. Sherwin de Vera, regional coordinator of DEFEND Ilocos, explained that the region suffers from dry spells and drought almost annually and “mining operations in watershed areas will increase the suffering of the people, especially the farmers…
Published on 3 March 2017
Fernando Zobel de Ayala “As we execute and accomplish our plans, we firmly believe that our company’s success and growth cannot be measured solely in terms of profitability and market presence,” said ALI Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala. “We are mindful of our corporate sustainability targets and our efforts to set new goals, such as carbon neutrality, affirm our commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth.”…
Published on 1 March 2017
Atom Araullo's "Warmer," a documentary that delves into grave climate conditions as experienced in two different parts of the world, made it as a finalist in the climate change and sustainability category in the New York Festivals Awards for international TV programs and films. Other ABS-CBN programs and productions that reached the final lists of their respective categories include "Lando's Wrath" (best coverage of a…
Published on 31 January 2017
That year, the Philippines topped the Global Climate Risk Index’s list of countries most vulnerable to weather-related disasters. The storm’s aftermath revealed more complex realities borne of disasters. Blocked roads and bridges limited the access to food rations from outside, supplies dipped, and hunger rose in affected communities. Children’s groups shared fears for the wellbeing of those left orphan by the storm and living in…
Published on 16 January 2017
On Monday, French Senator Gerard Miquel, president of the France-Southeast Asia Inter-Parliamentary Friendship group, met with Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr, who vowed that the Philippines would ratify the landmark international climate deal by mid-year. "We met this morning with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, who very much assured us of the willingness of the Philippine government to ratify the agreement by July," Miquel…
Published on 14 November 2016
The first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1) started last November 07 and will end on November 18 in Marrakech, Morocco in conjunction with COP 22 and CMP 12. As to the status of the treaty, the following are the countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement to date: Albania, Algeria, Antigua…
Published on 10 November 2016
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: https://opinion.inquirer.net/98953/our-paris-commitment-matters Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer | 4 November 2016
Published on 10 November 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte must ratify the Philippines’ accession to a landmark climate change pact to be adopted in November or place Filipinos at risk of the severe effects of global warming, former President Fidel Ramos warned. “Any further delay will increase Filipinos’ vulnerability to super typhoons that are forecast to come soon,” Ramos said in an impassioned editorial published in…
Published on 19 October 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Provisions on environmental sustainability continue to be mainstreamed in the proposed P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017 even as the Senate monitors the implementation of the country’s environmental laws, Sen. Loren Legarda said.  Legarda, chairperson of the Senate committee on finance, made the statement during the hearing for the proposed 2017 budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) late last…
Published on 11 October 2016
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and Global Champion for Resilience of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), made the statement following developments in the status of ratification of the Agreement. “More and more nations are ratifying the Paris Agreement. Vulnerable small island states, such as Fiji, Marshall Islands, Palau and Maldives, took the lead and, recently, the largest emitters…
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