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Published on 14 December 2015 Philippines
“Indeed, for the Philippines, climate change means sorrowful catalogues of casualty and fatality; the countless voices of the homeless and the grieving, their very tears and screams carried to us by the winds and waves that blew their homes away,” Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman told delegates from the 196 countries that adopted the historic deal in the 21st Conference of Parties…
Published on 14 December 2015 Philippines
This is the question raised by Naderev “Yeb” Saño, former lead climate change negotiator of the Philippines, coming on the heels of the recently concluded UN climate conference in Paris. On Saturday, December 12, negotiators from all of the world agreed to adopt a global climate pact that aims to keep the world temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, and help curb the…
Published on 24 November 2015 Philippines
Apart from these funds, countries that consider themselves most vulnerable to the ill-effects of global warming are looking to tap billion of dollars from foreign public sources for climate change adaptation and mitigation. “There’s no exact number. People are talking about a $100 billion globally annually from 2020. People are talking about other amounts -- trillions,” said Renato Redentor Constantino, who represents civil society…
Published on 16 November 2015 Philippines
“You say this was caused by climate change?” he nodded toward the field that was formerly green with a carpet of rice stalks. “If this is change then it’s not for the better,” he said haltingly in Filipino and looked away to hide the tears building up in his eyes. Dark clouds obstruct Domiquel’s future as Lando left his and other farmers’ rice fields…
Published on 16 November 2015 Philippines
The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), a coalition of 20 member states and 23 incoming members that cumulatively represent one billion climate-vulnerable people, stressed this issue in its meeting in Manila (9-11 November) ahead of the Paris climate conference (COP21) this December. “We’re putting emphasis on how the vulnerable countries are doing their share at the domestic level and even up to the regional…
Published on 16 November 2015 Philippines
Climate Change Commission (CCC) assistant secretary Joyceline Goco said Germany has pledged 17.1 million euros (around P867 million) for new climate change projects that will be implemented starting next year. The CCC, in partnership with Germany’s international development company GIZ, recently launched the Support CCC II project aimed at strengthening the country’s efforts in adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change. Goco said…
Published on 9 November 2015
SEARCA, with support from the Asian Development Bank, embarked on the study “Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL): Demonstrating the Eco-town Framework” which formulated measures to help San Mateo, Rodriquez, Antipolo, Tanay and Baras all in Rizal province cope with severe weather changes brought about by climate change, and at the outset, protect its natural environment…
Published on 3 November 2015
Weather officials say monsoon winds, combined with wind patterns created by Typhoon Koppu, which recently hammered the northern island of Luzon, could be causing the “smaze” – smoke and haze -- to drift from Indonesia to the Philippines 1,200 kilometres away.The health department has advised residents in affected areas to wear face masks to prevent inhalation of air particles that can cause respiratory problems…
Published on 3 November 2015
Thus, taking an active role toward a climate-resilient nation, top business leaders gathered recently for the first time at a hotel in Makati City for the “Philippine Business’ Response to Climate Change and El Niño: Manila Declaration Signing and Water Alliance Launch.” Recognizing that the Philippines is one of the top countries that are vulnerable to climate change, the Manila Declaration 2015 is a…
Published on 26 October 2015
But two groups have been considerably less sanguine: Filipinos in food production and the government agencies that deal with them. Loss and devastation, it turns out, do not always come upon us in a single catastrophic event. In early October, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PAGASA) warned us about the “el Niño” phenomenon—officially called…
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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 Philippines
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…
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