NEWS AT A GLANCE

December 2-8, 2019

UNFCCC PRESS RELEASES/ARTICLES
 
Youth Urge Climate Action at COP25
 
Youth demanded climate action and celebrated Young and Future Generations Day at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid on Wednesday.
 
Science Presented at COP25 Can Drive Climate Ambition
 
The pace of the present rise in greenhouse gas concentrations is unprecedented in climate history over the past 66 million years and weather extremes are the “new normal,” according to some of the latest findings in climate science compiled in an easy-to-read guide for negotiators, policymakers and media for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid.
 
How COP25 is Being Made Sustainable
 
The UN Climate Change secretariat, the Chilean government and the Spanish government are working together to make COP25 (2 – 13 December) in Madrid, Spain, as sustainable and climate-friendly as possible. This commitment comes on top of the enormous challenges the organizers have been facing with the relocation of such a major event at such short notice.
 
COP25 Kicks Off with Calls to Make Serious Progress on Climate Action
 
The UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid (to 13 December) kicked off today, with urgent calls to make serious progress on climate action over the next two weeks.
 
 
ABS CBN NEWS
 
Philippine 2nd most affected by disasters, extreme we3ather worldwide: climate index
By Kristine Sabillo
 
The Philippines was the second most affected country when it comes to weather-related losses in 2018, according to the recently released Global Climate Risk Index.
 
Palace urged to declare ‘climate emergency’ by environment, youth groups
 
Environment and youth activists on Thursday marched to Manila to send an open letter to Malacañang, and called on President Rodrigo Duterte to issue a ‘climate emergency’ declaration.
 
Envi groups, institutions calls for climate emergency in Typhoon Tisoy aftermath
 
The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI) on Wednesday urged Congress to pass a “disaster and climate emergency” declaration in the Philippines following the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.
 
When biofuel generation turns into ‘false solution’ to climate change
By Jauhn Etienne Villaruel
 
In 2006, a "miracle tree” with poisonous seeds touted as the future source of biofuel caught the attention of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
Declare state of climate emergency in Philippines, group urges Duterte
By Manuel Cayon
 
Davao City—President Duterte has been asked to declare a state of climate emergency in the country, and to hold accountable companies that still manufacture and distribute fossil fuels and push climate urgency at the center of his administration’s decision-making.
 
European Union to overhaul economy in green deal push
 
The European Union is gearing up for the world’s most ambitious policy against climate change—requiring a radical overhaul of the economy—at a summit in Brussels next week.
 
 
CNN NEWS
 
Climate change could be making birds shrink in size, study finds
By Katie Hunt
 
A staggering 600 million birds die every year in the United States after colliding with tall buildings. And Chicago, with its skyscrapers and location on a major migration path, is perhaps the biggest killer.
 
 
DAILY TRIBUNE
 
Single use plastic tax mulled
By Keith A. Calayag
 
The House Committee on Ways and Means yesterday began its discussion on the bill that would impose excise tax on single use plastic bags.
 
 
GMA NEWS
 
Legarda urges use of space science, technology for disaster mitigation
By Joahna Lei Casilao
 
Space science and technologies should be used to improve the world's, including the Philippines, resilience against natural disasters and climate change, Antique Representative Loren Legarda said during a forum at the sidelines of the United Nations' climate conference in Madrid, Spain.
 
 
INTERAKSYON
 
Rising seas threaten early end for sinking village in Philippines
By Reuters
 
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.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
DepEd moves to further raise climate change awareness among learners
By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
 
To further increase the awareness level on climate change, especially among learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) has provided students the platform to present their climate change adaptation and mitigation proposals.
 
What do you do with a problem like Tisoy? Some perspective on disaster management
By Diwa C. Guinigundo
 
Overheard: “Mag-ingat kay Tisoy! Malakas ang dating niya!”  Pinoys find humor even when facing disaster. Typhoon Tisoy wreaked its havoc and humor does not mitigate it. BBC reports that Tisoy made landfall in Gubat, Sorsogon, in the evening of Monday, December 2. The whole of Bicol was hard-hit. Some Bicol disaster officers reported extensive damage, noting that water reached the roofs of many houses.  Trees and power poles were felled by strong winds. Thousands  were displaced as Tisoy strengthened on its path towards the Mimaropa region with up to winds of 215 kilometers per hour.  The Joint Typhoon Warning Center classified it as a Category 4 hurricane.
 
The year the world woke up to the climate emergency
By Agence France-Presse
 
Schoolchildren skipping class to strike, protests bringing city centres to a standstill: armed with dire warnings from scientists, people around the world dragged the climate emergency into the mainstream in 2019.
 
 
MANILA STANDARD
 
Front-row seats
 
This year’s Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change begins this week in Madrid, Spain. This is not the first time for the summit to happen while a typhoon batters our country.
 
 
MONGABAY
 
Philippine climate activists fight to make then relatable
 
As one of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries, the Philippines is known for its active participation in the global climate movement and negotiations at various forums. But despite having dedicated groups leading the climate fight, with the latest addition of the youth-initiated Climate Strike Philippines, mobilization at the grassroots level suffers from weak numbers.
 
Saving a Philippine tree last seen a century ago
By Jen Chan
 
In 1915, a taxonomist recorded the existence of a tree known locally as kaladis narig (Vatica elliptica) in the forests of Zamboanga Sibugay, a province in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao. Tall, if not particularly handsome, the tropical hardwood species was endemic to the province and was already classified as nearly extinct. For more than a hundred years, it was thought to be well and truly gone — until now.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
Eight action plans to address a global emergency
By Amado de Jesus
 
It is crucial that important changes are made in the buildings and construction sector if we are to successfully implement the agenda related to the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of Parties and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
 
PH second most affected by disasters tied to climate
By Jhesset O. Enano
 
The Philippines ranked second globally among countries most affected by climate-related disasters in 2018, according to a recent study by an environmental policy think tank.
 
Two seaside towns in Mindanao join war on plastic waste
By Bong Sarmiento
 
San Isidro, Davao Oriental‍—Two coastal towns in Mindanao have vowed to eliminate plastic pollution in 10 years by signing up with the Plastic Smart Cities movement initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
 
Oxfam: Climate change disaster displaces 1 person every 2 seconds, including in PH
By Tony S. Bergonia
 
The numbers are as alarming as the torrent of rain pounding loudly on windows and roofs at the height of Typhoon Tisoy—every 2 seconds, one person is displaced by climate change disaster in the world and the likelihood of that being a Filipino was high.


Sweeping plastics ban worries QC traders
By Matthew Reysio-Cruz
 
As the Quezon City government moves forward with a far-reaching plan to cut plastic waste by prohibiting single-use materials at dine-in establishments, some business owners said the three-month transition period was unfeasible and could devastate certain retailers.
 
 
PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY
 
Solon to call for enhanced collaboration on climate financing
By Filane Mikee Cervantes
 
Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda will enhance bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on quality assurance of greenhouse gas inventory and climate finance needs assessment.
 
PH to pursue climate justice in COP25 talks
By Filane Mikee Cervantes
 
House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda will push for the country’s achievement of climate justice in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement during the United Nations climate change conference, 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25).
 
 
RAPPLER
 
Advocates say ‘clean coal’ a false solution to Philippine climate crisis
By John Leo Algo
 
As the world meets in Madrid, Spain for the 25th United Nations climate conference, Filipino advocates call for the phasing out of fossil fuels, especially coal, as a means to achieve national low-carbon development.
 
 
THE MANILA TIMES
 
An agenda for business for 2020s and beyond
By Ludwig O. Federigan
 
“It revisits the case for change and highlights that climate change, the urgency of delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), technological developments, the increasing dominance of companies without significant tangible assets, and negative perceptions of business make this agenda particularly urgent,” declared professor Colin Mayer, academic lead, Future of the Corporation Program, and Peter Moores professor of Management Studies of Said Business School, University of Oxford, as they launched the report titled “Principles for Purposeful Business: How to deliver the framework for the Future of the Corporation.”
 
PH 2nd most affected by climate change
By Eireene Jairee Gomez
 
The Philippines was the second country most affected by climate change in 2018, according to the 2020 Global Climate Risk Index released by Bonn-based non-governmental organization Germanwatch.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
DENR issues waste-to-energy guidelines
By Louise Maureen Simeon
 
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued the guidelines on the establishment and operation of waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities for the treatment of municipal solid waste in the country.
 
Go pushes for disaster resilience department to be certified as urgent
By Robertzon Ramirez
 
Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go yesterday urged his colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives to expedite the passage of a measure providing for the creation of a Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).
 
Lockton Legacy Awards
By Elfren S. Cruz
 
Christmas happens in a few days and along with that anticipated holiday break comes some downtime for reflecting over the year that was. In business, that winding down is considered a great time for re-strategizing and planning how one’s organization can be strengthened and become more agile for the challenges ahead.
 
Second most vulnerable
 
Typhoon Tisoy left 17 people dead and destroyed over P800 million worth of crops as it roared across Luzon this week. Filipinos are used to such late-season powerful tropical cyclones, but this does not minimize the concern over reports that the Philippines is among the most vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events.
 
Garbage crisis
 
Around Manila Bay, the government is preparing guidelines for waste-to-energy projects for municipal solid waste. Measures are also being readied to improve regulation of single-use plastics. Such efforts are being ramped up as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources warns that Metro Manila is facing a “garbage crisis.”
 
DENR: Philippines facing garbage crisis
By Rhodina Villanueva
 
The country is “in the middle of a garbage crisis” that can only be addressed by drastic changes in the way individuals and groups treat waste, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu warned yesterday.
 
Fewer countries have health care strategies vs climate change
By Pia Lee Brago
 
Protecting people’s health from dangers such as heat, stress, storms and tsunamis has never been more important, yet only one in five countries has a health care strategy to deal with climate change, according to a research of the United Nations health agency.
 
International tourism groups call for lower CO2 emissions
By Catherine Talavera
 
Global tourism organizations are calling for enhanced cooperation among stakeholders to combat climate change by decreasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
 
Philippines among countries worst hit by extreme weather in 2018
By Gaea Katreena Cabico
 
The Philippines—a country regularly exposed to tropical cyclones—placed second in the list of nations most affected by extreme weather events in 2018, according to a report of an environmental think tank.
 
Greenpeace asks Duterte to declare addressing climate change a priority
By Gaea Katreena Cabico
 
A group of environmental campaigners called on President Rodrigo Duterte to declare climate emergency in the Philippines—a country vulnerable to the catastrophic effects of severe weather made worse by climate change.
 
New agencies pushed vs disaster
By Delon Porcalla
 
A senior administration official lamented the absence of implementing rules and regulations for the government’s newest agency, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Planning (DHSUP), nearly a year after President Duterte signed it into law.
 
Why sustainable tourism makes sense
By Andrew j. Masigan
 
Many struggles to understand why Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat chose to make sustainable tourism the centerpiece agenda of the Department of Tourism (DOT). They argue that our visitor count is still too low to worry about sustainability. Our 8.2 million visitors is but half of Indonesia’s and a fifth of Thailand’s. Certainly, before we talk about sustainability, we ought to build our numbers first.
 
Waiting for another disaster?
By Marichu A. Villanueva
 
By today, typhoon “Tisoy” is crossing South China Sea after unleashing heavy rains and leaving behind a trail of damage to crops and to private and public properties as it exits the Philippines. We’re fortunate that the feared storm surge from this “super” typhoon did not happen as it weakened a bit after it made several landfalls in the Bicol region.
 
Climate change petition
By Domini M. Torrevillas
 
Filipinos are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate emergency. They are, however, also leading the fight to attain climate justice and solutions.



CCC in the News
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
Casting away coal addiction for survival
By Heherson Alvarez
 
First of two parts
Climate Change Consciousness week is held in November through the proclamation by President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo, through my recommendation as Presidential
Adviser on climate change, to raise awareness and generate action to respond to global warming threats. This year, its observance becomes even more significant because an Emergency Climate Alert for a higher ambition to fulfill the Paris Accord has been underscored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other well-acknowledge Science Research Institutes.

 
 
MONGABAY
 
Typhoon-prone Philippines gets climate funding for early warning system
 
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippine province of Leyte on Nov. 3, 2013, Sabrina Lasquiet and her husband, Danilo, didn’t leave their home, even though their village in Tacloban City lay in the direct path of the storm. They received the alert but shrugged at the notion of the coming “storm surge,” an expression they didn’t know. “We disregarded the news report because we assumed it’s just one of the usual storms. But we were wrong — we never expected [Haiyan] to be that strong.”