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Published on 25 April 2018
Henry Adornado, Ecosystems ResearchandDevelopment Bureau director, said bamboo is an effective erosion control plant and a natural control barrier due to its widespread root system. “It reduces runoff, prevents massive soil erosion and minimizes CO2 gases,” Adornado said. He urged investors to plant bamboo and use quality seeds and planting materials. “Apart from addressing climate change, it helps create livelihood... as bamboo can be used…
Published on 23 April 2018
This was pointed out by Ziggie Gonzales, surfer co-founder of eco-hostel chain The Circle Hostel, who said that plastic bottles can only be recycled for certain amount of times and will end up to be just waste. “The problem will not go away if we get rid of plastic and non-biodegradables. It will only change to a different material. We need to change our mindset…
Published on 27 March 2018
As a coastal city with a deep natural mangrove harbor, San Carlos is more resilient than most Philippine cities to extreme weather. And with limited cloud cover, the city enjoys more sunshine than other parts of the country, so has plenty of renewable energy potential. As such, San Carlos is shaping up to be the Philippines’ renewable energy hub. In 2014, a 45-megawatt solar plant—one…
Published on 24 January 2018
"Seven mountaineers led by a certain Kristomar Mackay could face criminal charges for violation of Republic Act No. 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act, and Presidential Decree No. 75, also known as the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines," said Ralph Pablo, regional director of the DENR office in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The hikers may be criminally liable for "negligently…
Published on 9 January 2018
"When floods occur, the capacity of people to earn a living is constrained, and many can fall back into poverty. Investments that improve flood management helps protect vulnerable communities as well as boost resilience against the impact of climate change," World Bank country director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand was quoted as saying in the statement. Loan agreements with the WB and AIIB were…
Published on 5 October 2017
In the process, the Philippines, an island nation that ranks third among countries most at risk from climate change, will become a testing ground for a human rights approach to climate liability. The commission is investigating whether the collective contribution to global warming by 47 coal, cement, oil and gas companies has violated Filipinos’ basic rights to life, water, food, sanitation, adequate housing and self-determination…
Published on 28 September 2017
“Mangroves are now highlighted as a major carbon sink in relation to the greenhouse gas emission for climate change mitigation,” said Rex Sadaba of the University of Philippines-Visayas who conducted the study from May to August this year. Carbon sinks remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “They sequester carbon dioxide and make that into their leaves, into their stem and keep it into their biomass,”…
Published on 27 September 2017
“It is important for us to ensure the values of a designer are not just to design and throwing old spaces. With all the things happening in the age of climate change, there is even a bigger need of consciousness and awareness from the students to be a good designer and be equipped with the good values that community can benefit,” Nippon Paint Group General…
Published on 24 September 2017
Western consumer giants are polluting oceans by selling products packaged in cheap, disposable plastic to Filipinos, Greenpeace has claimed—naming Nestle, Unilever and Procter & Gamble among the worst offenders. Single-use plastics from products sold by conglomerates, such as bags, bottle labels, and straws, stood out during a week-long Greenpeace clean-up campaign held on Manila Bay this month, it said…
Published on 22 September 2017
“Before your typhoons and tsunamis come, you are already preparing people so whenever it comes, their vulnerabilities are already low. It’s the same principle when it comes to health,” said Dr. Fely Marilyn Lorenzo of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). A hotspot for diseases “What we have found in the recent past is that climate change exacerbates the conditions that make it more favorable…
Published on 14 September 2017
“Digital filmmaking has democratized the medium, made it cheaper and more accessible. Plus, (there are) online platforms like YouTube or Vimeo,” shares the decorated film editor-turned-director of the 2008 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Special Jury Prize, Brutus: Ang Paglalakbay and TOFARM Best Picture, High Tide. For Ilonggo cinema, Tara’s lead is the latest occasion a full-length from Iloilo wins in a national film festival. This…
Published on 12 September 2017
Currency, stocks and bonds trading were suspended after the office of President Rodrigo Duterte halted work in government offices, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla said. At least five domestic flights were canceled, according to the Manila International Airport Authority. Flood waters were waist-deep in some parts of Manila, blocking several traffic arteries including the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue connecting the northern and…
Published on 8 September 2017
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/928992/disaster-resilient-evacuation-center-set-up-in-bolognan-eastern-samar Source: Inquirer | 8 September 2017
Published on 4 September 2017
But what happens in Texas will not remain in Texas. Washington vs Beijing and Brussels Despite all the headlines and heartbreaking images, Hato and Harvey are just a glimpse of what we must face in the future. As the challenges of extreme weather are rapidly escalating, efforts to contain global collateral damage are failing. Risks have escalated dramatically since June 1, when President Trump announced…
Published on 1 September 2017
resize-20170829 7B8C677FFAAD486FA93378101FDA56CA The honorees were hailed “for catalyzing a global community solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society in the field of journalism,” according to The Climate Reality Project president Kenneth Berlin and country manager Rodne Galicha. "In this period of climate denial and the challenge to communicate climate science and solutions to the masses, we…
Published on 27 August 2017
By:  Doris Dumlao-Abadilla Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 27 August 2017 http://business.inquirer.net/235841/2-filipinos-make-class-2017-asia-21
Published on 16 August 2017
The Philippines just launched a new catastrophe risk insurance program to protect national and local government agencies against the financial losses from severe natural disasters. Providing US$206 million in aggregate coverage, the program protects assets of the national government and 25 provinces. Since 1990, the Philippines has been affected by 565 natural disasters, which have claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 people and caused…
Published on 15 August 2017
The project that kicked off on April 1, 2017 was spearheaded by the PRC’s Disaster Management and Health Services with the support from the Canadian Red Cross. The CA-ANAK project is covering three provinces, six municipalities and 30 barangays with estimated 6,900 households. The PRC will conduct series of capacity building on community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Health to capacitate the grass root levels of…
Published on 13 August 2017
“We are looking forward to more international conferences in the future especially with the New Panglao-Bohol Airport opening by next year,” he said at a media briefing after hosting this year’s Asian Conference Dialogue (ACD), with the Department of Energy (DoE) as lead agency. Policy makers, ministers and experts in the energy sector gathered in Bohol for a four-day conference held at the Be Grand…
Published on 7 August 2017
Shooting Stars and Dancing Fish is part memoir, part treatise, and part storybook, punctuated with photos, paintings, and poems that would appeal to both young readers and policy-makers. Oposa, who received the Ramon Magsaysay award in 2009, has an interesting way with words that transforms what might seem complex subject matter for many into something simple and easy to grasp. “We are in a state…
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