LESSEN PLASTIC. Environmental advocates, government officials and NGOs proudly shows their reusable CleanSeas tumblers as they urge the ban of single-use plastics. Photo by Bong Santisteban/Rappler A study shows that the Philippines generates 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage every year
MANILA, Phillippines (May 27, 2018) — Government and non-governmental organizations on Saturday, May 26 launched the CleanSeas Pilipinas campaign, in hopes of addressing the country’s emerging problem of plastics in Philippine seas.
Continue reading In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’ 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 This file photo taken on March 26, 2017 shows Iraqis cleaning up the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Mosul’s al-Jadida area. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP The chaotic mess caused by the conflict that devastated Mosul must be cleared away first, before rebuilding starts
MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 19, 2017) — The battle over, it’s now time to start rebuilding Iraq’s second city, parts of which were literally flattened during the offensive against holed up jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
Continue reading After the battle: Mosul looks to rise from the ashes Koutoubia mosque, Marrakech, Morocco The goal is to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, sustainable future. Knowing this, our focus now must be to follow the pathway set out in Paris
November 8, 2016 — The world celebrated in December when a new global agreement on climate change was reached in Paris. Less than a year later, that agreement has entered into force. This is a remarkable achievement by any account. Now the need is for rapid and effective climate action.
Continue reading The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Act on Climate Change AFTERMATH. Tacloban City after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left a trail of destruction in 2013. Rappler file photo The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council reports that only around 4,000 families have occupied permanent housing as of September this year
MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 8, 2016) — Vice President Leni Robredo, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said Monday, November 7, that they aim to complete resettlement sites for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) by 2018.
Continue reading Robredo eyes completion of Yolanda housing by 2018 Extreme heat can be fatal, particularly to young and elderly people, but it also causes everyone to slow down, meaning they cannot work as hard AP ‘If you are physically active in work, the hotter it is, the slower you work’
July 19, 2016 — Global warming will cost the world economy more than £1.5 trillion a year in lost productivity by 2030 as it becomes too hot to work in many jobs, according to a major new report.
Continue reading Global warming set to cost the world economy £1.5 trillion Major UN report warns heat stress suffered by factory and field workers will devastate health and reduce productivity
April 28, 2016 — Workers in fields and factories face an epidemic of heat-related injuries that will devastate their health, income and productivity as climate change takes hold, a major UN report has warned.
Continue reading Workers face ‘epidemic of heat-related injuries’ due to climate change PEOPLE POWER. Investing in education will help sustain growth in the region according to a UNDP study. Photo by Joshua Ruizo If countries do not start planning for this demographic change, they will miss out on a unique opportunity to boost growth and investments for the future, says the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its latest Regional Human Development Report
MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 26, 2016) — Nations in the Asia-Pacific region should capitalize on the rapid growth and development of its fast-changing population if they want to achieve sustainable growth. This was the key recommendation of the United Nations
Continue reading Invest in people to sustain growth in Asia-Pacific