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Climate change aid to poor nations lags behind Paris pledges

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Rising sea levels – a direct effect of climate change through global human activity – affecting Eita village, in the Pacific Ocean republic of Kiribati. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket/Getty Images

Donor nations’ 2020 target of $100bn annual fund for adapting economies falls short by near 50% says Oxfam

May 3, 2018 — Finance for poor countries to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and deal with climate change is lagging behind the promises of rich countries, an Oxfam report finds. Continue reading Climate change aid to poor nations lags behind Paris pledges

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

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DISASTER SITE.A general view of the site of a mud slide in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown on August 15, 2017. Saidu Bah/AFP

With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as ‘overwhelming’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Aug. 17, 2017) — Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday, August 16, as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. Continue reading Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

Batanes: Facing the new normal of climate change

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CHANGE IS COMING. Nanang Tinang, a community elder in Itbayat, Batanes, talks to Clara Magasing and her two children in Barangay Yawran, Itbayat, one of the worst-affected villages by Typhoon Ferdie. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam

For remote communities in Batanes, weathering typhoons is nothing new, but climate change threatens to uproot their homes and destroy their livelihoods. Watch this 360 video on how communities in Itbayat are facing their new normal

ITBAYAT, Batanes (Mar 1, 2017) — Batanes has endured centuries of strong typhoons as it lies along the typhoon belt in the Pacific but the intensity of super typhoon Ferdie (international name: Meranti), which hit the picturesque island province in September 2016, caught communities there off-guard. Continue reading Batanes: Facing the new normal of climate change

Groups collaborate to prevent diarrhea outbreak in Catanduanes

hrc provides a water bladder that could be used to purify up to 5,000 liters of water per batch for about 400 families
SAFER WATER. The Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) provides a water bladder that could be used to purify up to 5,000 liters of water per batch for about 400 families in Barangay Santo Niño and nearby communities in typhoon-hit Catanduanes. Photo by Angela Casauay/Oxfam

The Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) installs a water bladder and distributes Aqua tablets in typhoon-hit community to improve water safety in typhoon-hit communities

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 4, 2017) — The risk of diarrhea continues to pose a serious threat to some areas in Catanduanes in the aftermath of Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten), which struck southern Luzon on December 25, destroying water sources.  Continue reading Groups collaborate to prevent diarrhea outbreak in Catanduanes

A test for local climate adaptation

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PREPARED FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Lanuza residents living near the coast, like this fisherman say they have little knowledge of the impacts of climate change except that, when a typhoon is coming, they should heed the instructions of local authorities. Photo credit: VJ Villafranca/Oxfam

What does local climate change adaptation look like? Two LGUs in Mindanao will now be able to carry out local adaptation projects funded by the People’s Survival Fund

November 30, 2016 — On Friday, the board of the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), a special annual fund in the National Treasury intended to finance local climate change adaptation initiatives, announced that it has given the green light for two projects in Mindanao.  Continue reading A test for local climate adaptation

Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod

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Nearly 100 countries ratify or accept the landmark agreement that seeks to curb global warming, but the Philippines is not among them

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Nov. 8, 2016) — As the Philippines marked the 4th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Paris climate change agreement came into force.  Continue reading Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod

Climate finance in 2016: 4 reports you need to read

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The Shams 1 solar power plant in Abu Dhabi – one of the largest parabolic trough power stations in the world (Pic: Masdar/Flickr)

Funds for clean energy and climate resilience are flowing, but fuzzy reporting on what counts as green finance makes tracking support tricky

November 3, 2016 — On Monday I wrote about 12 reports you should read before the UN climate talks kick-off in Marrakech, Morocco next week.  Continue reading Climate finance in 2016: 4 reports you need to read

Disaster preparedness advocates hail Duterte’s SONA

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ENVIRONMENT. In his first SONA, President Rodrigo Duterte directs the environment department to ‘amend, suspend, revoke’ environmental permits, if needed’.

Advocates of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation suggest immediate actions the Duterte administration can undertake in its first 100 days to build more resilient communities

MANILA, Philippines (July 27, 2016) — A day after President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Disaster Risk Reduction Network (DRRNet) Philippines welcomed the President’s bold pronouncements about the environment.  Continue reading Disaster preparedness advocates hail Duterte’s SONA

Aid groups rush to quake-hit Ecuador, families still trapped

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AFTER THE QUAKE. A photo made available on April 19, 2016 shows locals spending the night outdoors due to fear of aftershocks after the 16 April 7.8 magnitude earthquake, in Manta, Ecuador, April 18, 2016. Photo by Christian Escobar Mora/EPA

Hopes that more survivors would be found in the heaps of rubble and twisted metal that used to buildings wane at the crucial 3-day point after the disaster 

PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Apr. 20, 2016) — International rescuers and aid groups rushed on Tuesday, April 19, to help victims of Ecuador’s earthquake as searchers dug for families trapped in rubble 3 days after the disaster that killed more than 400 people.

Continue reading Aid groups rush to quake-hit Ecuador, families still trapped