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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.

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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

PH to revise UN climate pledges to align with 1.5-degree target

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CLIMATE TALKS. The Philippines calls for more radical action from other countries to make sure the world does not warm higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Photo by Renee Karunungan

The Philippines current commitments include 70% carbon mitigation by 2030. All of these commitments, however, are conditional.

BONN, Germany (May 22, 2016) — The Philippines announced on Wednesday, May 18, during the third day of climate negotiations that it will review and revise its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to align better with the 1.5-degree target. Continue reading PH to revise UN climate pledges to align with 1.5-degree target