NEWS AT A GLANCE

September 14-20, 2020

UNFCCC PRESS RELEASES/ARTICLES
 
UNFCCC Meetings to Showcase Technologies for Low-Emission Buildings
 
Experts from around the world will get together virtually on 30 September, 7 & 14 October to discuss policy options, technological innovations and best practices on sustainable low-emission housing and building solutions.
 
Sustainability & Climate Change a Central Focus of 75th UN General Assembly
 
The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) kicks off today, with a strong focus on the topics of sustainability and climate change. The UN is marking its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level event on 21 September under the theme: ‘The future we Want, the UN we need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'.
 
Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter Launch Guide to Support Collaborative Climate Action
 
Today sees the launch of the first Playbook for Climate Action, developed by the Fashion Industry Charter Signatories for the industry stakeholders. The Playbook is a living guide to enable all actors of the Fashion industry to identify what climate actions to take and which initiatives and programmes could support them in undertaking their decarbonization journey.
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
Can ADB walk the talk on going green?
By Rene E. Ofreneo
 
In 2009, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) came up with a “clean energy agenda.” The agenda was a response to the call of UN agencies and global civil society movement for the world to phase out deadly GHG-emitting coal and fossil-based power plants, the leading cause of global warming. Unchecked, rising global temperature has been causing monstrous planetary problems such as violent storms, drought, sea rise and so on. The Philippines is in the top 5 of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change risks.
 
ADB prodded to step up in climate finance
By Cai Ordinario
 
In order to achieve the Paris Climate agreement, civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Philippines and abroad recommended that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) should align its country partnerships with the global environmental accord.
 
 
CNN
 
The pandemic didn't solve climate change. This week's disasters are proof
By Eliza Mackintosh
 
If you thought Covid-19 restrictions, like enforced lockdowns and social distancing, would put a lasting dent in our collective carbon footprint and save the world from warming, you were mistaken.
 
The world set a 2020 deadline to save nature but not a single target was met, UN report says
By Jessie Yeung
 
In 2010, leaders from 196 countries gathered in Japan and agreed on a list of goals designed to save the Earth.
 
Another presidential assault on science as fires and pandemic rage
By Stephen Collinson
 
A defining trait of Donald Trump's presidency is his incessant destruction of reason, evidence and science in the service of his personal whims, conspiratorial mindset and political requirements.
 
California officials say climate change is to blame for the deadly wildfires burning in the state for nearly a month
By Hollie Silverman and Sarah Moon
 
The wildfires that have killed at least 36 people and burned through more than 4.6 million acres on the West Coast are fueled by climate change, officials in California and Washington said again on Tuesday.
 
Ice shelves propping up two major Antarctic glaciers are breaking up and it could have major consequences for sea level rise
By Helen Regan
 
Satellite images show that two important glaciers in the Antarctic are sustaining rapid damage at their most vulnerable points, leading to the breaking up of vital ice shelves with major consequences for global sea level rise.
 
LEGO to phase out single-use plastic packaging
By Hanna Ziady
 
London (CNN Business) The LEGO Group has announced plans to package its products in recyclable paper rather than single-use plastic.
 
 
MANILA BULLETIN
 
DENR to cover 16,867 hectares of land with bamboo trees
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
 
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) targets to cover around 16,000 hectares of land nationwide with bamboo trees in 2020.
 
DENR renews call to create permanent bureau to fight environmental crimes
By Madelaine B. Miraflor
 
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is not yet off the hook when it comes to the controversial Manila Bay white sand dumping issue, but this didn’t stop the agency to renew its call for the creation of a permanent bureau meant to fight environmental crimes.
 
 
MONGABAY
 
Missing mangroves are root of contention over Philippine airport project
By Leilani Chavez, Susan Claire Agbayani
 
On July 29, the San Miguel Corporation, the Philippines’ largest company by revenue, started planting 25,000 mangrove trees in a coastal area just north of the capital, Manila.
 
Manila’s new white sand coast is a threat to marine life, groups say
By Leilani Chavez
 
Philippine authorities’ latest efforts to clean up Manila Bay, one of the country’s most polluted bodies of water, has come under fire after they dumped truckloads of white sand over the shoreline at the end of August.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
‘Impossible’ for Manila Bay ‘white sand’ to cause fish kill — DENR exec
By Jodee A. Agoncillo, Nikki G. Valenzuela
 
An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Thursday said it was “impossible” for the artificial white sand or crushed dolomite dumped on the shoreline of Manila Bay to have caused the fishkill in the waters of Manila Bay close to Baseco in Tondo, Manila, earlier this week.
 
Prince William, Al Gore to lead free TED talks on climate
By Agence France-Presse
 
The prestigious TED talks series is to hold its first-ever free live event next month, with Prince William and other prominent figures calling for action on climate change, the group announced Monday.
 
Climate change may stoke unrest, conflict, says report
By Krixia Subingsubing
 
More than a billion people could be displaced from their homes in the next 30 years as the climate crisis threatens to drive mass migrations, conflict and civil unrest across the world, an environmental economic report released last week said.
 
 
PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY
 
PH, Japan ink multibillion-peso calamity contingency loan
By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora
 
The Philippine and Japanese government on Tuesday signed a 50-billion yen (PHP22.93 billion) contingency fund to support the country's early recovery after natural and health-related disasters.
 
 
RAPPLER
 
[OPINION] Is the Philippines on track for sustainable development?
By John Leo Algo
 
This September marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the blueprint towards sustainable living for all. A total of 17 goals were unanimously adopted by all nations in 2015, covering hundreds of targets and indicators of social justice and equality, environmental conservation, and economic prosperity that need to be achieved by 2030.
 
 
THE MANILA TIMES
 
Adopt smart solutions vs pandemic, govt told
By Mayvelin U. Caraballo
 
National and local governments should adopt smart solutions and invest in emerging technologies to deal with climate change, natural hazards and the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
 
Eight ecological threats to challenge nations’ resilience
By Ludwig O. Federigan
 
First of two parts
Food insecurity, water scarcity, population growth, floods, droughts, cyclones, sea-level rise and rising temperatures were identified as the eight ecological threats that will challenge the resilience of nations today until 2050, according to a new study released this month.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
EDITORIAL - No smart city
 
The National Capital Region has entered its seventh month of pandemic quarantine, with residents looking in envy at several other Asian capitals that have managed to revive economic activities faster and ease lockdowns as coronavirus transmission has slowed down.
 
‘White sand not remedy to Manila Bay pollution’
By Louise Maureen Simeon
 
The government’s move to dump crushed dolomite boulders is not a permanent solution to the problems besetting Manila Bay, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said yesterday.
 
UN rights council urged to probe attacks vs Filipino environmental defenders
By Gaea Katreena Cabico
 
An environmental group called on the United Nations Human Rights Council Monday to investigate the worsening attacks against environmental defenders in the Philippines.
 
 
 
CCC in the News
 
 
BUSINESS MIRROR
 
Editorial: Climate crisis exists
 
The wildfires in California and the melting of the Arctic’s largest remaining ice shelf are the latest developments that lend credence to the assertion of many scientists that a climate crisis exists and that the planet is in trouble. While there are many skeptics who believe that the climate crisis is a hoax, these disasters give us a good reason to take a second look at what climate scientists have been warning us about for years. We cannot see the ozone layer and greenhouse-gas emissions that harm us, but we have certainly felt the impact of strong typhoons and how these natural disasters have hurt our families and our sources of livelihood.
 
 
DAILY GUARDIAN
 
CCC Calls for Proper Plastic Waste Management, Disposal this Pandemic
 
Amid the existing concerns on health and safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) also warned the public on the surge of plastic pollution due to the global production and consumption of single-use masks, latex gloves, personal protective equipment (PPE), alcohol and hand sanitizer bottles, and disposable cleaning agents.
 
Panay Island Biodiversity in 18th Episode of ‘Stories for a Better Normal’ Series
 
All those newly reacquainted with nature due to the pandemic, plantitos and plantitas, and newbie birdwatchers are invited to join the 18th episode of “Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Change Pathways.” The episode will be looking at the larger island ecosystems where our new friends come from, under the topic “Panay: Native Plants, Birds, and Island Ecology.”
 
CCC honors teachers, educators amid COVID-19, online learning challenges
 
In celebration of the National Teacher’s Month, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) pays homage to Filipino teachers and educators and their hard work, sacrifices, and efforts in shaping the future of education and honing the minds of our children, despite the challenges of online learning in this COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
 
House OKs on 2nd reading bill creating Department of Disaster Resilience
By Neil Arwin Mercado
 
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading the bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), which was among President Rodrigo Duterte’s priority measures from his last State of the Nation Address (SONA).
 
 
PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY
                                                                                         
Klima Film Festival participants to start climate science, filmmaking trainings
By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
 
Caloocan City, -- The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Oscar M. Lopez Center (OMLC) will start on Monday, Sept. 21, the conduct of their Climate Film Labs (CFL), a series of trainings on climate science and filmmaking for the participating youth teams of the Klima Film Festival (KFF).
 
CCC on World Bamboo Day: Unlock PH bamboo industry potential to promote livelihoods, resilience
By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
 
Caloocan City, -- In celebration of World Bamboo Day on Friday, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlighted the role of bamboos in climate change adaptation and mitigation and called for support in unlocking the Philippine bamboo industry’s potential to provide sustainable livelihoods and promote climate resilience in our communities.
 
CCC on World Bamboo Day: Harness bamboo industry potential to promote livelihoods, resilience
By Melinda T. Quinones
 
Quezon City, -- The Climate Change Commission (CCC) called for support in harnessing the Philippine bamboo industry’s potential to provide sustainable livelihoods and promote climate resilience in our communities in the occasion of World Bamboo Day.
 
CCC calls for proper plastic waste management, disposal amid pandemic
By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
 
Caloocan City, -- The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is warning the public on the surge of plastic pollution due to the global production and consumption of single-use masks, latex gloves, personal protective equipment (PPE), alcohol and hand sanitizer bottles, and disposable cleaning agents in light of the existing concerns on health and safety during this COVID-19 pandemic.
 
CCC honors teachers, educators amid COVID-19, blended learning challenges
By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan
 
Caloocan City, -- In celebration of the National Teacher’s Month, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) is paying homage to Filipino teachers and educators and their efforts, hard work, and sacrifices in shaping the future of education and honing the minds of Filipino children, despite the challenges of blended learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 
PHILIPPPINE NEWS AGENCY
 
Gov’t seeks P152-B for climate change, disaster risk reduction
 
The government is seeking a PHP152.35 billion budget for the implementation of its convergence program on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction next year.
 
 
THE MANILA TIMES
 
Climate body: Dispose plastic waste properly
By Eireene Jairee Gomez
 
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is calling for proper plastic waste management and disposal in the Philippines amid the surge of plastic pollution due to the global production and consumption of single-use masks, latex gloves, personal protective equipment (PPE), alcohol and hand sanitizer bottles, and disposable cleaning agents.
 
 
THE PHILIPPINE STAR
 
Pandemic worsening plastic pollution — climate body
By Janvic Mateo
 
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) yesterday warned against a surge in plastic pollution due to the increased consumption of single-use masks, latex gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus disease pandemic.