NEWS AT A GLANCE
for July 8-14, 2019
UNFCCC PRESS RELEASES/ARTICLES
Bonn Conference Urges More Gender-Responsive Climate Action
Experts meeting at last month’s UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn called on governments and non-government organizations to fully implement the under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, by for example building the capacity within governments to integrate gender considerations in climate plans and action.
Higher and Further Education Institutions across the globe declare Climate Emergency
Today, networks representing more than 7,000 higher and further education institutions from 6 continents announced that they are declaring a Climate Emergency, and agreed to undertake a three-point plan to address the crisis through their work with students.
Green Climate Fund Board approves USD 267 million for climate action, agrees decision-making procedures
The 23rd meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board approved ten new projects and agreed procedures for adopting decisions in the event that all efforts at reaching consensus have been exhausted.
Climate Change Threatens Progress Across Sustainable Development, Warns New UN Report
The impacts of climate change and increasing inequality across and within countries are undermining progress on the sustainable development agenda, threatening to reverse many of the gains made over the last decades that have improved people’s lives, warns the United Nations’ latest report on the Sustainable Development Goals
ABS CBN NEWS
PH up in Global Peace Index 2019 but remains ‘least peaceful’ in Southeast Asia
By Jauhn Etienne Villaruel
Despite moving up 3 notches in the Global Peace Index (GPI) this year, the Philippines remains the region's least peaceful country, according to the study released in June.
Philippines urged to declare climate emergency
The Philippines must declare a climate emergency in preparation for unprecedented conditions by 2050, an analyst said Thursday.
Group lauds Church’s decision to divest from fossil fuel
By Christina Hermoso
The Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) lauded the local Church’s decision to divest from fossil fuel and other environmentally-destructive sources.
Catholic prelates plan to divest from 'dirty energy' drows praise from environmentalists
By Leslie Ann Aquino
The move of Catholic prelates to divest from “dirty energy” sources such as coal earned praise from an environmental think- tank. The Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED) said the decision of the bishops is a great help to their cause.
DENR reopens dump in Baguio
By Zaldy Comanda
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cordillera granted the request of the city to reopen the Irisan dumpsite to head off another garbage crisis.
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
Despite rescue, survival slim for 'stressed' pangolins
By Jhesset O. Enano and Maricar Cinco
Only three of the 10 Philippine pangolins (Manis culionensis) rescued from wildlife traffickers two weeks ago have survived, illustrating an increasingly grim future for the endangered species.
DOT eyes Surigao as hub for water sports, sustainable tourism
By Erwin Mascariñas
This capital city of Surigao del Norte province, which has been hosting the International Dragon Boat Festival since last year, is being positioned to become a center for water sports as the Department of Tourism (DOT) and local officials push sustainable tourism in the country.
A hotter, scarcer and more open world
By Rodel D. Lasco
Recently, we were privileged to host business strategist and best-selling author Andrew Winston at our first Climate Dialogues in Manila. Winston’s best-selling book is titled “The Big Pivot,” which is essentially a challenge to business enterprises to cope with and even prosper under three conditions prevailing in the world today — hotter, scarcer and more open.
P607-B Clark ‘green city’ to displace Aeta communities
By Krixia Subingsubing, Mariejo S. Ramos
The plains and mountains of Capas, Tarlac, are tied to the stories of the Hungey, said to be the oldest Aeta tribe in the province.
Isabela Dam hosts floating solar panels
By Villamor Visaya Jr.
A P24-million floating solar facility that can produce 200 kilowatts of electricity has been launched here recently and is seen to contribute to Isabela’s energy security on a larger scale.
59.7B sachets may soon flood Metro
By Mariejo S. Ramos
If policymakers do not push for a legislative agenda to reduce consumption of single-use plastics, Metro Manila will soon be drowning in 59.7 billion plastic sachets, a coalition of environmental groups has warned.
The future of business: Why sustainability matters
By Junie del Mundo
Today’s world has become a most chaotic place. Daily disruptions are the norm, and even the most agile of businesses and individuals are struggling to cope with this blitzkrieg of changes.
PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY
Group backs CBCP stand on renewable energy use
By Ferdinand Patinio
An environmental think-tank on Thursday supported the stand of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to “divest dirty energy” sources such as coal.
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
Philippines agriculture in peril
By Roberto R. Romulo
President Duterte recently declared that “agriculture is the backbone of the economy. It forms the basis for food and nutrition security and provides raw materials for industrialization.” Unfortunately, the parlous state of our agriculture sector means it has ways to go before it can fulfill that role.
Kantalikasan, environment awareness through music
By Rhodina Villanueva
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has turned to music to promote environmental awareness and change.
Climate scientist pushes safe high-rise buildings
By Rainier Allan Ronda
One of the country’s leading climate scientists has urged local government units (LGUs) to be at the forefront of ensuring that high-rise structures are safe and would not pose a threat in case of typhoons and earthquakes.
Weather disturbances pose upside risks to inflation-NEDA
By Czerina Valencia
Weather disturbances expected in the second half of the year continue to threaten the downtrend in consumer prices, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.
Aboitiz eyes ventures in renewable energy
By Danessa Rivera
The Aboitiz Group is looking to have more concrete developments for its overseas expansion in its power business in the next six to 12 months as it scouts for partners and projects in Southeast Asian countries, a ranking company official said.