CLIMATE TREATY. Senator Loren Legarda says she is confident that the Senate will concur in the ratification of the Paris climate deal before session adjourns on March 18. Photo by Camille Elemia Senator Loren Legarda, who is set to sponsor the measure, is confident they have the numbers to concur with the ratification of the Paris climate deal
MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — The Senate eyes to complete the final step to make the Philippines a signatory to the Paris climate deal before session adjourns on March 18.
Continue reading Senate to OK Paris climate deal before March 18 – Legarda 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 In 2011 in Pakistan, over 5.4 million people – including 2.7 million children – were affected by monsoon rains and flooding, and this number was expected to rise (Pic: UNICEF) The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) plans to help millions of vulnerable people better adapt to shocks and chronic stresses and thrive in a more resilient future
November 3, 2016 — Next week I, along with a range of innovators and experts, will take to the stage at COP 22 to discuss how we address one of the world’s most pressing and complex climate issues – water security.
Continue reading Water security: huge climate risk, huge business opportunity organizations are using online courses to train a new breed of green accountants capable of the complex task As the Paris climate deal requires developing countries to monitor their emissions, organizations are using online courses to train a new breed of green accountants capable of the complex task
March 9, 2016 — Michael Gillenwater is so tired he is mixing up his words, worn out from weeks of conference calls with the United Nations, the German government, and more. “I’m exhausted,” he
Continue reading The carbon counters, tracking emissions in a post-Paris world ECONOMIC COST. A mother and her child walk past a mural about the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, August 1, 2015. The Ebola outbreak, set to be officially declared over on January 14, 2016, also led to economic losses in affected countries. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA The mining, agriculture, and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 13, 2016) — Gold miner Dauda Kamanda has never been rich, but before Ebola hit Sierra Leone he was getting by selling the nuggets he unearthed to traders who exported them across Africa and the Middle East.
Continue reading West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends Image by Rappler.com In the age of ISIS and lone wolf attacks, is it even helpful to distinguish between what are ‘ISIS-directed’ and ‘ISIS-inspired’ activities?
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 13, 2016) — ISIS or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as IS, ISIL, or its loose Arabic acronym, Da’esch, is set to exploit homegrown conflicts in Southeast Asia,
Continue reading Experts warn PH Don’t underestimate ISIS MALNUTRITION. In this photograph taken on October 19, 2015, four year old malnourished Indian child Shahadat Hussein lies on a bed at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre at Darbhanga Medical College and hospital. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP While its economy is growing at a healthy rate, India still lags behind some of its poorer neighbors on child nutrition with more than 40 million stunted children
DARBHANGA, India (Jan. 10, 2016) — As another dangerously underweight toddler balances precariously on his set of scales, Dr Om Prakash knows he has to move fast to avert tragedy.
Continue reading As population soars, India battles to tame malnutrition