TRASH TRAP. Instead of catching fish, this net traps garbage in the San Juan River. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler The problem begins in waterways such as the San Juan River, now the most polluted in Metro Manila
MANILA, Philippines – To stop trash from flowing into the Pasig River, a government agency placed “trash traps” in areas traversed by this body of water, as it threatened to impose sanctions against “esteroristas.”
Continue reading Gov’t puts trash traps, warns ‘esteroristas’ in Pasig River Map courtesy USGS A powerful and shallow 7.6-magnitude earthquake hits the waters off the coast of Hondura, triggering tsunami threats and advisories for nearby Caribbean shores
WASHINGTON DC, USA (Jan. 10, 2018) — A powerful and shallow 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the waters off the coast of Honduras late Tuesday, January 9, triggering tsunami threats and advisories for nearby Caribbean shores, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Continue reading Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off Honduras coast – USGS The 2015-2016 extreme El Niño brought drought and fire to Indonesia. Smoke from extensive and uncontrollable forest fires blankets southern Borneo in October 2015. It spread westward causing severe haze over Singapore and Malaysia. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MISR instrument team A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes new scientific insights on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation from analysis of the 2015-2016 extreme El Niño
January 10, 2018 — The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle is a periodic change in the ocean-atmosphere system of the tropical Pacific Ocean but which has knock-on effects on weather around
the world. In an article recently published in Reviews in Geophysics, Santoso et al.  examined the 2015-2016 El Niño event which was particularly extreme. The editor asked one of the authors to explain the characteristics of that El Niño and what scientists learned from it. Continue reading Learning From an Extreme El Niño Tsunamis, such as the one in 2011 triggered by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Japan, are rare yet devastating natural events. Credit: Warren Antiola ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes a probabilistic method for evaluating tsunami location, size, and risk to human populations
January 3, 2018 — Many of the world’s natural events from earthquakes and volcanoes to tornados and landslides affect human populations. Estimating the likelihood of occurrence and frequency
Continue reading Probability Analysis Improves Hazard Assessment TRAINING. A representative from the Office of Civil Defense Bicol demonstrates to pupils at the Bacacay East Central School in Albay how to administer first aid. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler Bicol is the pilot area for the Office of Civil Defense’s resilience caravan
ALBAY, Philippines (Nov. 24, 2017) — The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol is teaching the next generation of Bicolanos to be prepared should disaster strike in the region.
Continue reading Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience HEALTH. Studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work. The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases
MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 23, 2017) — What makes climate change one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century?
Continue reading Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century Plumes of smoke rise from chimneys at an industrial area in Greece. IPCC is working on a series of reports, including one on assessing ways to limit global warming to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Credit: Alexandros Maragos/Moment/Getty Images Several forthcoming reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change examine what needs to be done to take control of our climate future
November 1, 2017 — With a United Nations climate change conference scheduled for Bonn, Germany, from 6 to 17 November, two high-level reports released this week warn about the increasing risk of climate change. In addition, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is working on a separate report, to be issued in 2018, about the effects of global warming at 1.5°C above preindustrial levels.
Continue reading IPCC Chair Discusses Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts an emergency response preparedness meeting to discuss government response for combined effects of Severe Tropical Storm Paolo and the low pressure area. Photo from NDRRMC Those in Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao are advised to take precautionary measures amid rain from Paolo, while Palawan is affected by the low pressure area
MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) advised local governments and residents to be on alert for both Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) and a low pressure area (LPA).
Continue reading NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA Satellite image as of October 17, 11 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA Paolo (Lan) now has maximum winds of 105 km/h and gustiness of up to 130 km/h
MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) slightly intensified and accelerated a bit as it continued moving over the Philippine Sea on Tuesday evening, October 17.
Continue reading Severe Tropical Storm Paolo slightly intensifies Satellite image as of October 15, 2:45 pm UTC. Image courtesy of NOAA Irish authorities say Hurricane Ophelia can damage buildings and provoke ‘dangerous’ sea conditions as well as potential flooding
DUBLIN, Ireland (Oct. 16, 2017) — Britain and Ireland braced Sunday, October 15, for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands.
Continue reading Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK