NEWS AT A GLANCE

November 25-December 1, 2019

UNFCCC PRESS RELEASES/ARTICLES
 
‘Moving for Climate NOW’ Cycling Expedition Calls for Greater Climate Ambition upon Arrival to COP25
 
A group of e-cyclists ended a 200-kilometer journey from Salamanca to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid this Sunday, having biked for almost a week to show support for the climate negotiations and to highlight the importance of addressing climate change with greater ambition and urgency.
 
COP25 to Be the Launchpad for Significantly more Climate Ambition
 
As the global climate emergency intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow, governments will gather in Madrid for the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 (2 to 13 December 2019) to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process.
 
IKEA to Present Path to Become ‘Climate Positive’ at COP 25

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid (2-13 December), the home furnishing brand IKEA will showcase strategies and practices it is adopting to become a “climate positive” business by 2030, thereby reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits.

 
Cut Global Emissions by 7.6 Percent Every Year for Next Decade to Meet 1.5°C Paris Target – UN Report
 
On the eve of a year in which nations are due to strengthen their Paris climate pledges, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report warns that unless global greenhouse gas emissions fall by 7.6 per cent each year between 2020 and 2030, the world will miss the opportunity to get on track towards the 1.5°C temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.
 
Greenhouse gas Concentrations in Atmosphere Reach Yet Another High
 
Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO.) This continuing long-term trend means that future generations will be confronted with increasingly severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more extreme weather, water stress, sea level rise and disruption to marine and land ecosystems.
 
 
ABS CBN NEWS
 
Rising seas threaten early end for sinking village in Philippines
By Eloisa Lopez
 
Sitio Pariahan, Philippines - Danica Martinez, 16, grew up in a house that grows taller every few years. Her father raises the stilts of their bamboo hut so water from the sea doesn't reach the floor. They live in Sitio Pariahan, a coastal village in the Philippines that was once an island, and is now without land.
 
PH highlights ‘critical interventions’ in upholding women’s right at Bangkok summit
By Mike Navallo
 
Bangkok – The Philippines touted on Wednesday “critical interventions” it has made in upholding women’s rights as ministers and civil society organizations from different countries gather here for a 3-day summit on the gender gap.
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
New EU Commission chief promises ambitious agenda
 
Brussels—The EU Commission president said on Wednesday her ambitious agenda at the head of the European Union’s executive will center on the “existential issue” of battling climate change.
 
Resiliency and sustainability in the face of industry 4.0
By Marjorie Muyrong
 
Last week, the link between the economy and ecology was explored as premise to answering the question of how the Philippines must rethink its development strategies. After all, adaptation and mitigation to climate change is most urgent in a country directly facing the Pacific. However, equally valid is the country’s desire to adapt new technologies already available abroad as part of its growth agenda. It is also hopeful that the Filipino people are concerned about potential labor displacement with industry 4.0. The question that remains is whether these new technologies set to be adopted all over the world support sustainable development and would not further aggravate the situation of those populations already vulnerable to climate change.
 
 
GMA NEWS
 
PLDT, Smart launch sustainability program to fight climate change
By Joahna Lei Casilao
 
In time for its 91st anniversary, PLDT Inc. with its subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. has launched a sustainability program to combat climate change in the country, the PLDT-Smart Sustainability group announced on Wednesday.
 
EU lawmakers set to declare ‘climate emergency’ ahead of UN conference
By Jonas Ekblom
 
Brussels - A majority of European Union lawmakers hoped to declare a "climate emergency" on Monday, a week before a United Nations climate conference in Madrid.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
Bohol solon endorses creation of PH biotechnology authority
By Charissa Luci-Atienza
 
The chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology described Saturday as “necessary” the proposed creation of the Biotechnology Authority of the Philippines (BioAP) to promote safe and responsible use of biotechnology in the country.
 
Muntinlupa students win climate and disaster resilience contest
By Judith Juntilla
 
The idea was foremost in the minds of five college students from Muntinlupa City where they were presented an opportunity to find a way to propose solutions to contribute to the disaster resilience of their community.
 
 
MANILA STANDARD
 
DBP signs landmark banking reforms
 
A lone Philippine bank is part of the founding signatories to a landmark global agreement outlining guidelines for sustainability in the financial sector.
 
Solon: Declare 2020 as disaster consciousness year for PH
 
Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda has recently filed House Resolution 535, asking Congress to declare 2020 as Disaster and Climate Emergency Awareness Year, a call to continuous public caution on dangers brought by increasingly deadly weather events spawned by climate change.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
Underwater in 30 years, if…
 
New scientific research released last month warns of an increasingly ominous future for the environment. People may think that warning is more of the usual, but something in the report should concern Filipinos in particular: In about three decades, the Philippines could find many of its coastal areas, including those surrounding Manila Bay, underwater due to the effects of climate change.
 
Climate justice advocates protests vs coal projects in Philippines
By Consuelo Marquez
 
Climate justice advocates held a protest action on Friday to put an end to all coal projects in the Philippines to curb the spread of greenhouse gas emissions in the environment.


Key lessons from the Lamudi Outlook Awards 2019
By Bhavna Suresh
 
It has been a successful year for Philippine real estate despite the challenges that the country experienced in 2019. Top of mind would be the earthquakes in Davao, and brewing in the background are the effects of climate change we experience in the form of unpredictable weather and record-breaking temperatures. And then there were also the great losses the Philippine real estate industry never could have predicted would happen so close to one another.
 
8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities
 
Organized by SM Prime Holdings, Inc., in partnership with ARISE Philippines, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and the National Resilience Council (NRC), this year’s Top Leaders Forum was held at the SMX Convention Center last November 12, and has brought together leaders from the national and local governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, and the academic/scientific community. 
 
CAT bond issuance reflects investor confidence in PH
By Ben O. de Vera
 
The Philippines’ successful issuance of catastrophe-linked (CAT) bonds reflected global investors’ confidence not only in the country’s economy as a whole but also in its disaster-resiliency goals, the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team said.


Success of PH’s first ‘catastrophe’ bonds mirrored investor confidence-Dominguez
By Ben O. de Vera
 
The Philippines’ successful issuance of catastrophe-linked (CAT) bonds mirrored foreign investors’ confidence not only in the country’s economy but also in its disaster-resiliency goals, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said.
 
How sick is our planet?             
By Rodel D. Lasco
 
For some time now, scientists and environmentalists have sounded the alarm that our planet is sick. But do we really know how sick it is? One way that scientists have been grappling with this puzzle is through the budding concept of “planetary boundaries.”


Flip-flops on economic issues
By Raul J. Palabrica
 
Last year, upon the recommendation of his economic managers, President Duterte certified as urgent the enactment of the rice tariffication bill.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
Commentary: The politics of waste and waste in politics
By Edwin Santiago
 
The alarm about looming environmental disasters has been sounded off a couple of decades ago. But, the discourse on the topic has not changed much. 


Duterte seeks greater cooperation vs security threats, climate change
By Alexis Romero
 
Busan — President Rodrigo Duterte has called for greater cooperation among countries in the region in combating terrorism, illegal drugs and other security threats and in mitigating the effects of climate change, which makes developing countries like the Philippines vulnerable to natural disasters.
 
‘Successful issuance of catastrophe bonds proof of strong investor confidence in Philippine’
By Mary Grace Padin
 
The government’s successful issuance of insurance-linked securities (ILS) or catastrophe bonds (CAT bonds) is a reflection of the market’s strong confidence in the Philippine economy, as well as their support for the country’s disaster resiliency efforts, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
 
Philippines’ stakes in the UN Climate Summit
By Vinod Thomas

The global climate talks in Madrid this December must tackle an issue that has for too long been tiptoeing in the shadows of responses to the climate crisis: accountability. While scientific evidence on the emerging catastrophe is more frightening than ever, especially for countries like the Philippines on the front line, carbon emissions and global temperatures are heading, alarmingly, in the wrong direction. It is imperative that the UN’s COP25 summit be aligned to the big emitters—the top 10% of countries (20 of them) that make up 75% of global carbon discharges, led by China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan.

 
 
 
CCC in the News
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
Say no to single-use plastics
By Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II
 
As the Climate Change Commission (CCC) of the Philippines celebrated the 12th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week from November 18 to 22, 2019, at One Esplanade in Pasay City, the conversation remains focused on how the Philippines has taken action on the
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
CCC focuses on coastal blue carbon ecosystems
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
 
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is set to convene before the end of the year a steering committee to help develop localized plans, programs, and policies for the conservation and restoration of coastal blue carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves and sea grasses.
 
 
PALAWAN NEWS
 
Palawan LGUs encouraged to tap ‘Green Climate Fund’
By Romar Miranda
 
Vulnerable municipalities in Palawan and others in the country can access the “Green Climate Fund” to establish programs that will make them “more adaptive” communities, a Palace official said.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
Climate body under disaster department opposed
By Jhesset O. Enano
 
Placing the Climate Change Commission (CCC) under the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience will restrict the exercise of its mandate as the policymaking body on climate adaptation and mitigation, according to a ranking official