NEWS AT A GLANCE

February 10-16, 2020


UNFCCC PRESS RELEASES/ARTICLES

 
Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures Crosses 1.000 Supporter Mark
 
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has announced that it has officially reached more than 1,000 supporters globally for its recommendations, signifying a major shift among market participants in acknowledging that climate change presents a financial risk. Together, the private sector organizations that are supporters have a market capitalization of nearly $12 trillion.
 
NAP Expo 2020: National Adaptation Takes Centre Stage as Climate Change Effects Mount
 
The National Adaptation Plan (NAPs) Expo 2020, taking place from 30 March to 3 April in Gaborone, Botswana, brings together national and international adaptation experts and support providers to help developing countries build resilience through adaptation planning and actions.
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
France expands scholarship program for Filipinos
 
Reflecting the growing interest of Filipinos to pursue graduate studies in France, the Embassy of France to the Philippines is expanding its scholarship program in 2020 through a partnership with the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Science Education Institute.
 
EU, PHL: Matched in space through satellites
 
In this day and age, finding a partner can already be made possible with the use of technology via several applications. Even team-ups between space agencies have so much to gain from cutting-edge technology.
 
 
CNN
 
Central bank can cut interest rates further to boost growth – IMF
By Melissa Luz Lopez
 
Lower interest rates remain an option for Philippine authorities to ensure that the economy will grow even faster this 2020, the International Monetary Fund said. In its yearly assessment on the health of the Philippine economy, the multilateral firm said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas can provide additional stimulus by reducing benchmark yields further.
 
 
DAILY TRIBUNE
 
Samar town shuns plastic
By Elmer Recuerdo
 
Paranas, Samar — It may be a small municipality with a small population, but this Samar town is taking the lead in Eastern Visayas in reducing residual waste by banning the use of plastic bags in the market and grocery\
 
 
GMA NEWS
 
ISIS less likely to attack Philippines without VFA with US, says expert
By Dona Magsino
 
ISIS would less likely be interested in targeting the Philippines once its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States gets junked, security analyst and international relations expert Professor Rommel Banlaoi said on Wednesday.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
PH could attract $20-B renewable energy investment
By Ellalyn De Vera Ruiz
 
The Philippines could attract US$20 billion of renewable energy investment over the next decade through the use of auctions under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed Green Energy Tariff Program, according to a new report released on Thursday.
 
 
MONGABAY
 
Philippines turns to EU’s Copernicus in Earth satellite data collaboration
 
The European Union and the Philippine government are close to sealing a partnership that will provide free, open and unlimited access to raw Earth observation data to monitor deforestation, carbon sequestration and coastal changes in the Southeast Asian nation.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
Acknowledging climate emergency
By Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos
 
We are just on the second month of 2020. Yet, we seem to be forced to face disasters and matters that are more than we can handle simultaneously with handling continuing threats on our life, health and environment, on a given year.
 
Dirty air kills 27K in PH yearly, says study
By Jhesset o. Enano
 
Air pollution from burning fossil fuels — primarily coal, gas and oil — is responsible for an estimated 27,000 premature deaths in the Philippines annually, and result in up to $6 billion (P304 billion) in economic losses per year, according to a new study released on Wednesday.
 
LRT-1 pillars transformed into vertical gardens
By Renzo Acosta
 
Two LRT-1 concrete pillars in Manila have been transformed into green vertical gardens, according to the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the private operator of LRT-1.
 
Business agenda in the face of runaway climate disasters
By Vinod Thomas
 
Climatic hazards have been mounting worldwide and it is high time for businesses to test their ability to withstand the onslaught and help reverse the dangerous trend. A new article projects that at the rate of the current buildup of carbon emissions in the atmosphere, extreme floods and storms will double in 13 years, and the Philippines will be among the countries most at risk.
 
SEC notes leap in PH ‘green’ bond market
By Doris Dumlao-Abadilla
 
More Philippine companies are devoting resources for environment-friendly and sustainability initiatives, bringing to the local and offshore markets 15 green and sustainability bond issuances worth $3.04 billion to date, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) official said.
 
 
THE MANILA TIMES
 
Searca compendium for climate-resilient tech out
By Leander C. Domingo
 
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) has published a compendium in response to the need to provide science-based and actionable knowledge on climate-resilient agricultural technologies and practices in different agro-ecological systems in the country.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
Digital Agriculture
By Robert R. Romulo
 
Food security is one of the greatest challenges that humankind faces in the future. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that global population will exceed nine billion by 2050 raising global demand for food and feeds by 100 percent from current levels. This will be exacerbated by rising global middle-class population that will grow by two billion by 2030 leading to an evolution in dietary demands. 
 
VMC pouring in P200 million to protect environment
By Gilbert Bayoran
 
Bacolod City, Philippines – Victorias Milling Co. in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, has invested more than P200 million in new structures and modern technological processes to address environmental concerns and ensure operational efficiency based on global standards.
 
PLDT, Smart back UP research on climate change
By Janvic Mateo
 
Telecommunications company PLDT and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications have forged a partnership with the University of the Philippines to support research on climate change and marine biodiversity protection.
 
 
CCC in the News
 
 
PANAY NEWS
 
Climate and poverty
By Ike Señeres
 
There appears to be a global shift in the thinking about global warming. From the previous thinking that climate change is inevitable and that nothing can be done about it, there is now a thinking that it is possible to adapt to it on one hand, and to mitigate its effects to some extent.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
A brighter future for the Dumagats and the forest
By Ludwig o. Federigan
 
For today’s column, I am proud to share with our readers a collaborative article with one of my mentees, Ronaldo Magsakay, a journalism graduate of the Bulacan State University and currently working as a media production specialist of the Climate Change Commission.