NEWS AT A GLANCE

October 7-13, 2019

UNFCCC PRESS RELEASES/ARTICLES
 
PreCOP25 to Raise Climate Ambition Through Sharing Best Practices
 
With a focus on raising the ambition required to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and adapting to the worst impacts of climate change, Costa Rica opened three days of exchanging best practices for climate action and discussions at PreCOP25.
 
CDM Passes New Milestones in Cooperative Action on Climate Change
 
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has passed two exciting milestones – its millionth cancellation on the UN carbon offset platform and its 2-billionth issuance, demonstrating ongoing demand for cooperative action on climate change.
 
 
ATIN ITO NEWS
 
UN Climate Summit Proves A Failure; UN Running Out of Funds
By Yen Makabenta
 
First word
The latest news on the climate front is not good for the climate alarmist agenda. First, Politico reports that the recent United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City, which convened on September 23, proved to be a failure.
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
Beyond sustainability claims: New S.E.C. rule leads PHL firms to think, live SDGs
By VG Cabuag
 
Listed companies normally give out annual reports printed on paper to their shareholders, as regulators require them to do so. Over the years, these reports have become scarce as many opted to publish their reports online to protect the environment and, at the same time, save on printing costs.
 
Solution to climate emergency: Conserve biodiversity
 
Haribon Foundation stood in solidarity with millions of people across the planet at the recent Global Climate Strike to demand immediate and concrete actions from every individual, especially the decision-makers, to provide solutions to the worsening climate emergency. As the words of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg resoundingly urges, all sectors should “act as if our house is on fire.”
 
 
BUSINESS WORLD
 
Where are our priorities?
By Edwin Santiago
 
According to PAGASA, “climate change is happening now,” adding that “it is most likely due to the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations from such activities as the burning of fossil fuels and land use change.” Recent scientific studies have begun calling it a “climate crisis,” one that is an existential threat to all life on the planet. The government, through PAGASA, mildly describes it as posing “considerable challenges to man and the environment and will continue to do so in the future.”
 
 
INTERAKSYON
 
Young Filipino entrepreneurs urged to collaborate against poverty, climate change
By Catalina Ricci S. Madarang
 
A group of small entrepreneurs called Roots Collective Philippines sought the influence of the youth to help those from far-flung areas to deal with the impact of pressing development issues such as climate change, wavering prices of products and poverty.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
Local governments and climate resiliency
By Former Vice President Jejomar C. Binay
 
As the country’s financial center, Makati is particularly vulnerable to climate change. High concentration of people and vehicles at certain periods of the day translates to high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Strong typhoons also impact on the city, since massive flooding and prolonged power outages disrupt business activities, affecting both the local and national economy.
 
 
MANILA STANDARD
 
High efficiency, low emission – now
By Orlando Oxales
 
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s “How dare you?” speech during the United Nations Climate Action Summit demanded real action from world leaders to avert what she passionately described as “the beginnings of a mass extinction.”
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
Addressing climate change through sustainable cities
By Vaughn Alviar
 
With the climate crisis dangling over our heads, there is no progress without plans for sustainability and resilience.
 
BSP joins climate change fight in green banking agenda
By Daxim L. Lucas
 
The Philippines’ top banking regulator on Thursday urged financial institutions to embrace sustainable innovation through the use of technology and so-called green banking initiatives in their lending activities.
 
Doing the right thing in reforestation
By Ernesto M. Ordoñez
 
In reforestation, the actual planting is often done right. But concentrating on planting is not the right thing. Professor Peter Drucker shared with me an important insight: “It is important to do things right.  But much more important is to do the right thing.”

Nuclear industry: Allow us to combat climate change

By Ronnel W. Domingo
 
As the Department of Energy (DoE) reaffirmed a pact with Russia to explore joint efforts related to nuclear power in the Philippines, the World Nuclear Association (WNA) asked governments worldwide to allow the industry and its low-carbon feature to contribute in the fight against climate change.
 
Climate change, environmental damage top CEO concerns
By Annelle Tayao-Juego
 
While consumer behavior surrounding responsible product use and waste management continues to improve, thanks to education and awareness on the effects of climate change, a group of CEOs here in the Philippines believes businesses—especially business leaders—should take the lead when it comes to the matter of sustainability.
 
P50-B ‘mega city’ to rise in 3 Bulacan towns
By Carmela Reyes-Estrope
 
A P50-billion “mega city” that will host an economic zone will be built in Bulacan province after local officials recently signed a contract with Chinese investors.
 
 
PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY
 
Leyte peatland degradation reaches alarming level
By Sarwell Meniano
 
Tacloban city -- Concerns have been raised over poor conservation of the more than 3,000-hectare Leyte Sab-a Peatland Forest that resulted in a forest fire, wildlife poaching, and conversion of its portions into agricultural lands.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
CSR and youth advocacy
By Elfren S. Cruz
II read the research by Millennial Impact Report: 10 Years Looking Back by Derrick Feldmann and Achieve and sponsored by Case Foundation. The study reveals how millennials are involved and interested in social causes.


The quest for cleaner energy
By Mary Ann LL. Reyes
Is the country prepared to say no to coal power?
The Department of Energy does not think so, at least not yet. Energy Secretary Al Cusi has said he does not agree to the idea of implementing a moratorium on new coal-fired power plants as proposed by some sectors despite the country’s commitment to the United Nations to significantly slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
 
BSP to banks: Integrate sustainable financing
By Lawrence Agcaoili
 
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is ramping up the promotion of sustainable financing via enabling regulations as well as capacity building and awareness campaigns.


Eco-literacy could help check climate change
By Rex San Diego
 
Can climate change be addressed through the integration of values into the lifestyle of every Filipino? The Holy Angel University (HAU) in Angeles City, Pampanga, and the UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) Philippines believe so.
 
The final curtain
By Antonio Claparols
 
The saga continues. The systematic rape and destruction of our planet is way ahead of schedule. Pollution goes on unabated and the warming of the planet has reached disastrous proportions. Carbon dioxide emissions just keep on pouring in and have breached over 400 ppm.
 
Meralco bans use of single-use plastic across subsidiaries
By Danessa Rivera
 
Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has banned the use of single-use plastic (SUP) products across its subsidiaries. “The protection of the environment is a collective obligation that we not only owe to the communities we serve, but more importantly, the future generation. It is, therefore, incumbent upon us to ensure that we integrate sustainability in all areas of our operations and in our workplace to create a positive impact to the environment,” Meralco president and CEO Ray Espinosa said.
 
Lawmaker bats for tax-free electric and hybrid vehicles
By Danessa Rivera, Cecille Suerte
 
Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has proposed to exempt electric and hybrid vehicles from taxes and duties in the next several years to encourage the manufacture, importation and use of carbon-reducing vehicles.
 
With Russian honorary doctorate, Duterte preaches about climate change
By Christina Mendez
 
Moscow – President Duterte has stressed the need for the Philippines and the rest of the world to address the issues hounding the environment and the impact of climate change. 


‘World order seen from the east’
 
For over two decades after the end of the Cold War, Philippine foreign policy hardly evolved. Russia, for instance, remained on the margins of our diplomacy. I viewed this as an oversight of strategic proportion. A result of bureaucratic inertia. A symptom of blind attachment to bygone views and assumptions. And a massive failure to grasp change and seize new opportunities.
 
 
THE MANILA TIMES
 
RE targets will he met – DOE
By Jordeene B. Lagare
 
Renewable energy (RE) is making strides in the Philippines amid the support it is getting from the government. In his 4th State of the Nation Address in July, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to reduce the country’s reliance on conventional energy resources and accelerate RE development.
 
Climate change is real
By Eireene Jairee Gomez
 
What’s being done about it?
Geographically, the Philippines is considered highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the country’s problems are expected to worsen given an apparent lack of national policies.
 
 
RAPPLER
 
Mining-affected communities, bishops push for accountability amid climate crisis
 
Mining-affected communities and Mindanao bishops vowed to demand for accountability from mining companies amid a global climate crisis.
 
‘Global effort needed to save migratory birds’
By Marchel P. Espina
 
Bacolod City, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu called for a global effort to save migratory birds that are at risk of extinction following the loss of habitat in their flight path and the changing climate. change.
 
Why climate migration is a human rights concern
By Mavic Conde
 
Albay, Philippines – When Tropical Depression Usman buffeted Albay province in December 2018, among hundreds of people who were displaced was 70-year-old Angelina Echalas.
 
 
 
CCC in the News
 
 
ECO-BUSINESS
 
Philippines suspends climate studies loan over scrutiny of Duterte drug war
By Mongabay
 
The US$36 million loan from Germany, one of several from foreign governments, has been frozen in retaliation over those countries’ support for a UN investigation into alleged human rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
House panel ready to exercise oversight function on implementation of climate change laws
By Ben Rosario
 
Citing the urgency of addressing the worsening effects of climate change in the country, the chairman of the House Special Committee on Climate Change has declared that it has become imperative for Congress to exercise its oversight function over the implementation of climate change laws.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
Livable Cities
By Peter Wallace
 
Ours aren’t, and no one seems to care. Take Bonifacio Global City (BGC). I won’t even mention the destroyed disaster that is, was Baguio. But BGC was a blank piece of ground some 13 years ago and is now an overcrowded, appallingly designed calamity. Its roads are too narrow, intersections abound, ingress and egress are a nightmare, there’s nowhere to park or off-load off the street, a quiet central park doesn’t exist. Cities must have trees; BGC has far too few. What it does have is a proliferation of high-rises blocking out the sun.