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Climate Change Consciousness Week events: ‘Science, policy, and climate action’

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CLIMATE ACTION. It is about time to take climate change seriously and take responsibility

The annual observance will run from November 20 to 24

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 20, 2017) — The Philippines will observe the Climate Change Consciousness Week from November 20, Monday, until November 24, Friday. Continue reading Climate Change Consciousness Week events: ‘Science, policy, and climate action’

Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

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President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations. He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary

June 30, 2017 — It has been an exciting year for the environment and for climate change under President Duterte. Whether change for the better has come and progress will be finally made in these two important areas of our national life is, however, still uncertain. Continue reading Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

Lopez: Paris deal will bring ‘silver lining of hope’ to next generation

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. Image by Rappler.com

‘By ratifying the Paris Agreement, we will be able to maximize our climate adaptation and mitigation efforts to protect the Filipino people,’ says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

MANILA, Philippines (Mar 2, 2017) — Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Wednesday, March 1, lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Continue reading Lopez: Paris deal will bring ‘silver lining of hope’ to next generation

Duterte eyes changes to PH contribution to Paris climate deal

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ROAD TO RATIFICATION. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Joint Climate Change Commission Board Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañang on January 31, 2017. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

The President agrees to sign the Paris climate pact after being assured that the country’s Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution can still be revised

MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to sign the Paris climate deal after being assured that the ambitious contribution submitted by the Philippines to the United Nations under the deal can still be revised. Continue reading Duterte eyes changes to PH contribution to Paris climate deal

Palace: Gina Lopez to attend Morocco climate talks

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NOT YET FINAL. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says plans for her to join the Philippine delegation in Morocco climate talks are not yet final. Screenshot from Rappler

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she still has to ‘clarify things’ and ‘get more clarity on what the President wants’

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 5, 2016) — Malacañang announced on Friday, November 4, that Environment Secretary Gina Lopez will attend the next world climate conference, COP 22, which opens November 7 in Marrakech, Morocco.  Continue reading Palace: Gina Lopez to attend Morocco climate talks

PH to sit as observer in Morocco meeting on Paris deal

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Antonio La Viña, a veteran of international climate talks, also advises the Philippine delegation not to emphasize human rights in the next round of negotiations

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 30, 2016) — After playing an active role during the 2015 climate talks in Paris, the Philippines will sit as an observer in the ceremonial first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, to be held during the next world climate conference, COP 22, which opens November 7 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Continue reading PH to sit as observer in Morocco meeting on Paris deal

Environment groups call on Duterte to end coal projects

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FIGHT VS COAL. Former Batangas City Councilor Kristine Balmes shared insights during the forum together with representatives of Piglas Pilipinas, on the struggles of fighting coal operations. Photo by AC Dimatatac

Piglas Pilipinas renew their calls to stop the proposed coal-fired power plant expansion project of JG Summit Holdings from 300-MW to 600-MW in Batangas

MANILA, Philippines (July 17, 2016) — Climate advocates are asking the Duterte administration to ban new coal-fired power projects and instead prioritize the national energy policy review that was launched by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) last month.  Continue reading Environment groups call on Duterte to end coal projects

Fear and uncertainty after Filipina anti-coal activist murder

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Friends of murdered activist Gloria Capitan demand justice (Pic: Facebook/Joseph Purugganan)

Campaigners are demanding justice for Gloria Capitan, shot dead in front of her grandchildren on President Duterte’s first day in office

July 14, 2016 — Gloria Capitan was in her videoke bar with two grandsons and an elderly cousin when she was shot dead on the evening of 1 July.  Continue reading Fear and uncertainty after Filipina anti-coal activist murder

Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters

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VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Vincent Go / Greenpeace

Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman urges local officials to create their own action plan by the end of 2017

MANILA, Philippines (July 7, 2016) — Seven years after the Climate Change Act of 2009 was passed, only 1 in 10 local government units (LGUs) in disaster-prone Philippines has complied with the law’s requirement of drafting local climate change action plans (LCCAP).  Continue reading Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters

Review of PH energy policy underway

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‘It is the obligation of the government to act to save the people from climate change and not wait,’ says Emmanuel De Guzman, vice chair of the Climate Change Commission

MANILA, Philippines (May 26, 2016) — For the next 6 months, the Philippine government will embark on a comprehensive review of its energy policy aimed at cutting down dependence on coal, while taking into consideration the reality of climate change in crafting national and local development plans. Continue reading Review of PH energy policy underway