NEWS AT A GLANCE

October 19-25, 2020

UNFCCC PRESS RELEASE/ARTICLES
 
Transparency Of Action and Support: Strengthening Countries’ Capacities To Report
 
As part of its ongoing transparency-related technical support to developing countries, the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) has prepared a series of informative videos that explain how countries can transparently communicate their climate actions.
 
Robust National Adaptation Plans Needed for a Climate-resilient World
 
The UNFCCC secretariat held the second NAP Champions webinar of this year on 14 October on how to enhance climate risk management through the formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).
 
 
ABS CBN NEWS
 
Finance chief urges policymakers to treat climate crisis with same urgency as COVID-19
 
The Department of Finance said Friday fiscal policymakers worldwide should also act on the climate emergency with the same "urgency" as the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Half-measures won't save nature, scientists warn
By Marlowe Hood, Agence France -Presse
 
Paris - Bending the curve of nature's rapid decline will require attacking the problem aggressively along several fronts at once, leading scientists warned Thursday.
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
Too little, too big
By Jonathan L. Mayuga
 
On October 14, senators passed and approved on final reading Senate Bill 1844, which authorizes President Duterte to expedite the processing and issuance of national and local government permits, licenses and certifications in times of national emergency. The House of Representatives, however, has yet to come up with a counterpart measure.
 
 
CNN
 
This company thinks its plastic alternative can help solve climate change
By Rishi Iyengar
 
For companies around the world and across industries, sustainability has rapidly gone from a nice-to-have to a business imperative. Global brands including Amazon, McDonald's, Ikea and General Motors have announced ambitious plans to eliminate single-use plastics, reduce carbon emissions and otherwise shrink their environmental footprint in various ways.
 
Sharks have killed 7 people in Australia this year, the most since 1934. Climate change could be a factor
By Jessie Yeung
 
One morning in early October, a now-familiar scene unfolded on a beach in Western Australia. A shark had attacked a surfer, who was missing. Authorities sent drones into the sky for aerial surveillance, emergency workers jumped onto boats to scour the area, and medics waited on shore.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
South America ravaged by unprecedented drought and fires
By Agence France-Presse
 
Under stress from a historic drought, large swathes of forest and wetlands in central South America known for their exceptional biodiversity have been ravaged by devastating fires.
 
Marine experts on scientific mission to protect Southern Leyte’s rich coral site
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
 
A team of marine experts has embarked on a 22-day scientific expedition to protect a rich coral, site including 17 marine protected areas in Southern Leyte.
 
A Webinar to Help LGUs Become Disaster Resilient
By Jonathan Castillo
 
The Liveable Cities Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines, in partnership with Globe Telecom, are pleased to present the latest edition of the Liveable Cities Labs, a series of webinar sessions to gear up cities with knowledge and insights for designing better solutions for their communities.
 
Environment group wants public green spaces to reopen to the public
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
 
Hoping to promote the physical and mental well-being of Filipinos, an environmental group is pushing for the reopening of public green spaces with the assurance that safety and health protocols are enforced.
 
Bayer dangles ‘climate-smart’ incentives to farmers
By Madelaine B. Mirafor
 
Bayer Crop Science (BSC), a company of German multinational pharmaceutical firm Bayer AG, will give incentives to farmers who will adopt “climate-smart” practices in order to reinforce its commitment to nature-friendly and sustainable food systems amid COVID-19 pandemic.
 
High stakes for Earth’s climate future in US vote
By Agence France-Presse
 
The United States presidential election will be “make or break” for the planet after four years during which Donald Trump frustrated global efforts to slash emissions, climate experts warn, fearing his re-election may imperil the world’s chances of avoiding catastrophic warming.
 
 
MONGABAY
 
On a Philippine island, Indigenous women get their say on marine conservation
By Jen Chan
 
In the Philippines, the fishing industry has long been considered male territory, with fathers, sons and brothers taking their boats out to sea each day in hopes of catching tuna, blue marlin, or sea bass. A closer look, however, reveals that women play an equally significant role.
 
Data drives Bloomberg’s support for climate solutions, says Antha N. Williams
By Rhett A. Buttler
 
Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation launched by businessman and former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is one of the world’s largest charitable organizations. According to the Foundation Center, the foundation’s $7.15 billion in assets in 2015 made it the 10th largest foundation in the United States that year. Bloomberg says it distributed $3.3 billion in 2019 alone.
 
 
NEWS 5
 
CLIMATE CHANGE | Philippines urge policymakers to save earth from climate crisis, not just from pandemic
 
The Philippines has called on the world’s fiscal policymakers to work together to address emerging climate crisis with the same urgency as the coronavirus pandemic, its finance secretary said.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
Water contamination in El Nido beach?
By Romar Miranda
 
Puerto Princesa City—Just as tourism and local government officials were preparing to reopen to visitors the beaches of El Nido in Palawan province, hailed as the 2020 “best island in the world,” photos and videos surfaced on social media on Thursday showing a portion of its beach that has turned black after sewage water was allegedly pumped into the sea.
 
 
PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY
 
7 illegal loggers nabbed in Bulacan-Rizal watershed
By Manny Balbin
 
Guiguinto, Bulacan – The heavy winds and rains spawned by Tropical Storm Pepito did not deter authorities from conducting anti-illegal logging foot patrol operations in the Bulacan-Rizal border of the Ipo Watershed that led to the arrest of seven illegal loggers.
 
 
RAPPLER
 
Higher ambitions in avoiding emissions: The Philippines’ climate pledge
By John Leo Algo
 
The year 2020 presents a moment of truth for climate action. The world has less than a decade to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures and avoid more catastrophic climate change, one of the key goals of the Paris Agreement. Achieving this requires drastic reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while adapting to higher temperatures, sea level rise, and other more extreme hazards.
 
 
THE MANILA TIMES
 
Dominguez: Climate crisis urgent like Covid-19
 
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd has called on his fellow fiscal policymakers from other countries to act on the climate emergency with the same sense of urgency as the world has been doing in handling the global health and economic crises spawned by the prolonged coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
 
Environment groups laud PNP Maritime Group’s quick action
 
Environment groups have lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group for apprehending commercial fishing vessels in the municipal waters of Languyan, Tawi-Tawi.
 
Green architecture (2)
By Architect Felino "Jun" A. Palafox, Jr.
 
This week I want to continue discussing the benefits of green architecture to the environment and to our communities and cities. In my previous article, I mentioned that 39 percent of all carbon emissions in the world come from building and construction, according to the World Green Building Council. In connection with this, a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) study conducted in 2009 reported that the building sector has the largest potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than the other major emitting sectors.
 
China hits US’ ‘stained’ climate, wildlife record
By Xinhua
 
Beijing: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the United States is “stained all over” in terms of environmental protection, including climate change, biodiversity, endangered wildlife and solid waste management.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
Family calls for realignment of Davao-Samal bridge project to spare coral reefs
By Gaea Katreena Cabico
 
A family whose properties will be affected by the construction of the Davao-Samal bridge is considering legal action in case the government ignores its continued appeal to move the project's landing site to protect the marine life in the area.
 
 
 
CCC in the News
 
 
DAILY GUARDIAN
 
Sustainable Consumption, Circular Economy Should be Part of Better Normal
 
Ecological solid waste management and recycling advocates echoed the importance of incorporating the concepts of circular economy and sustainable consumption and production in the country’s post-COVID-19 recovery plans during the 22nd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic “Transforming Waste into Wages.”
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
Groups tout climate-resilient environment following pandemic
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
 
Leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors urged companies to integrate sustainability in business and industry operations and help pursue low carbon and climate-resilient development while recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
 
 
MINDANAO DAILY
 
Bike-friendly cities and establishments to be featured in 23rd Episode of “Stories for a Better Normal” Series
By PIA
 
Mayors of bike-friendly cities and sustainable mobility advocates will gather virtually to underscore the need for green and inclusive urban mobility solutions as part of the country’s post-pandemic recovery, on the 23rd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic “Championing Sustainable Urban Mobility.”
 
 
PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY
 
CVF Parliament Leaders support call for greater ambition ahead of NDC Midnight Deadline
By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
 
Caloocan City, -- Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) parliamentarian leaders are united in calling for more ambitious commitments ahead of the December 31 Midnight Deadline for nations to submit their updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
 
Group lauds efforts of LGUs and private sector towards sustainable urban mobility
By ICSC
 
Quezon City, – To mark World Cities Day this coming October 31, local government chief executives in Metro Manila and a major private entity in the Philippines called for collaborative action in order to establish active mobility in the country’s long-term development strategies.
 
Sustainable consumption, circular economy should be part of better normal
By Climate Change Commission
 
Ecological solid waste management and recycling advocates echoed the importance of incorporating the concepts of circular economy and sustainable consumption and production in the country’s post-COVID-19 recovery plans during the 22nd episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways,” with the topic “Transforming Waste into Wages.”