May 18-24, 2020

‘Tiis-pilipit’: Mangyan tribesmen, tamaraw threatened by hunger and disease
By Gregg Yan
Philippines – The old chief exhaled and the hut was enveloped in blue smoke. “I remember,” whispered Fausto Novelozo, chief of the Taw’buid tribe. “That a sickness drove us from the mountains. Measles we got from siganon or lowland visitors. Half our village of 200 died.”
Beyond lockdown: Will Philippines be able to sustain low air-pollution levels?
By Kristine Sabillo
On some rainy days, thick haze would blanket the sprawling metropolis of the Philippine’s national capital region, leaving the city skyline barely visible.
Snow is turning green in Antartica – and climate change will make it worse
By Amy Woodyatt
Green snow created by blooming algae in the Antarctic Peninsula is likely to spread as temperatures increase as a result of climate change, researchers have said, after creating the first large-scale map of the organisms and their movements.
The sun is experiencing a less captive phase called ‘solar minimum,’ but it won’t cause an ice age
By Ashley Strickland
At the center of our solar system, the sun is a constant force keeping planets in orbit, providing Earth with just the right amount of light and warmth for life and even governing our daily schedules. While we're used to the sun rising and setting each day, the sun itself is incredibly dynamic.
NEDA backs House bill on green public procurement
By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has rallied behind a bill seeking to require all government departments, offices, and agencies to establish their respective Green Public Procurement Program.
Illegal wildlife trade encourages spread of zoonotic diseases on Southeast Asia
By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The Southeast Asian’s rich biodiversity and increasing demand from outside are making illegal wildlife trade a “lucrative” business, but is allowing the region to be more vulnerable to “zoonotic” diseases, an international biodiversity expert said.
Global CO2 emissions to drop 4-7% in 2020, but will it matter?
By Agence France-Presse
Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are set to drop by up to seven percent in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but even this dramatic decline — the sharpest since WWII — would barely dent long-term global warming, researchers reported Tuesday.
Environmental group pushes for measures to ensure waste-free, toxic-free post-COVID era
By Chito A. Chavez
An environmental group on Monday has pushed for a “whole-of-society approach’’ in a bid to minimize the volume and toxicity of the generated garbage with restrictions on quarantine protocols being gradually relaxed amid the novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Climate activists line London’s Trafalgar Square with kids’ shoes
By Reuters
London – Climate activists placed more than 2,000 pairs of children’s shoes in neat rows across London’s Trafalgar Square on Monday to demand the British government stop bailing out carbon intensive industries that pollute the environment.
Zimbabweans go hungry as coronavirus compounds climate woes
By Reuters
Harare – Rosemary Pamire struggled to feed her family well before Zimbabwe entered lockdown in March to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Now she can hardly put together a meal a day as the country faces a deepening food crisis.
Philippine banks’ long road to clean energy
By Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez
The Philippine central bank has started requiring local financial institutions to report on their energy investments, but more will be needed for Filipino banks to exit from coal, the largest single source of man-made carbon emissions.
A Philippine island locked down, but its mine didn’t – and infections mounted
By Jun N. Aguirre
Antique, Philippines — Calls are mounting for an investigation into ongoing coal-mining activity on Semirara Island in the central Philippines, amid a series of confirmed COVID-19 cases originating from the site.
Gov’t asked: Invest in ‘Green’ transport system to sustain cleaner air
By Jhesset O. Enano
Instead of reverting to “business as usual,” the government should start working to make the transport system greener and more efficient and, in the process, sustain the good air quality made possible by the lockdown imposed to control COVID-19, a nongovernment group said.
Energy from food waste project gets Japan funding
By Doris Dumlao Abadilla
The joint waste-to-energy venture of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and Dole Philippines in South Cotabato has blazed the trail for Philippine biogas projects to qualify for a maximum grant from Japan under a program to subsidize low-carbon technologies, systems and infrastructure.
Typhoon days made worse
Typhoon “Ambo” may have blown its way out of the Philippine area of responsibility early this week, but it left behind more than P1.14 billion worth of damage to agricultural lands and crops, 1.46 million households affected, and at least eight million individuals exposed to its destructive winds and torrential rains in Eastern Visayas and Luzon.
Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak
Kensington, Maryland — The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found.
Angat Dam sets June 1 to irrigate Bulacan farms
By Carmela Reyes-Estrope
Bustos, Bulacan –– Angat Dam will allocate irrigation water for 11 southern Bulacan towns on June 1, according to an official of the National Irrigation Administration.
Gardening at home could boost well-being as much as biking, walking or dining out
New United States research has found that gardening at home could improve emotional well-being, particularly if you have a vegetable garden.
The three great catastrophes facing mankind
By Fr. Shay Cullen, SSC
There are three deadly catastrophic events engulfing the world as you read this. None of us can ignore these realities without suffering the dire consequences. Should we do so, we will be less human and less responsible, and become more self-centered, and even devoid of the great virtues and values that make good people better. The first is the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. The second is global warming and the dangerous climate change it is bringing to the planet and each one of us. The third is the age-old human evil of child slavery and child sexual abuse. For all three, we need to respond with a vigorous determination and global unity. Each is an evil, a disaster and a catastrophe that is happening now.
Small business survival in a pandemic-shaken world
By Ludwig O. Federigan
In today’s column, I am happy to share with our readers a letter of a promising entrepreneur sharing his plea for survival amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. I was given the permission to publish the letter, however, due to space restrictions, I have to do some minor edits.
Wildlife sightings rise in Calabarzon
By Eireene Jairee Gomez
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reported that there has been an increase in wildlife sightings in the Calabarzon Region during the coronavirus quarantines and lockdowns.
Metro Manila water shortage unlikely this year
By Ian Nicolas Cigaral
Any risks of water shortage in Metro Manila this year is likely behind us as water regulators expect the capital’s main dam to remain within its minimum operating level this year.
CCC in the News
Filipino farmers, fisherfolk most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses due to climate change
Aurora, Philippines – As global temperatures continue to rise, Filipino farmers and fisherfolk communities bear the brunt of extreme heat conditions. Climate change, which increases temperature and frequency of extreme heat events, will cause more heat-related illnesses and mortality among vulnerable populations.