Environment

PH seeks seamless implementation of climate projects

GLASGOW – The Philippines has proposed that governments and multilateral development banks (MDBs) work closely together in addressing the transitional adjustments that might have to be undertaken by the concerned sectors to ensure the seamless implementation of climate-related projects on the... Read More

Countries that fail to meet climate vows face warning in 2023

GLASGOW, Scotland – Countries that fail to meet the climate commitments will receive warnings at the United Nations’ next climate summit slated for 2023, the head of International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Sunday.Speaking to Anadolu Agency in an interview on the sidelines of the COP26... Read More

PH ETM facility to pioneer innovative model on clean energy shift

GLASGOW – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said here Wednesday the Philippines’ participation in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM) facility will serve as an innovative model for other countries seeking to accelerate their shift to a... Read More

World leaders make historic pledges on forests, methane emissions

GLASGOW, Scotland/JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – World leaders on Tuesday made remarkable pledges on real action at the COP26 summit to limit rising temperatures and support small island developing states (SIDS) and Africa to adapt to the changing climate.A wide range of announcements were made... Read More

DOE cites gov’t oversight in climate adaptation planning

GLASGOW – The Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) has underscored the need for strict government monitoring and guidance in climate adaptation planning because of their implications on national security and economic rights during the plenary session of the Group of 77 (G-77) and China... Read More

Expand APEC's environmental goods list to fight climate change

JAKARTA – Expanding the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) list of environmental goods will boost Asia-Pacific’s response to the urgency of adaptation to and mitigation of the global climate crisis and promote sustainability, an APEC Policy Support Unit policy brief said.The APEC... Read More

PH showcasing Sustainable Finance Roadmap in COP26

GLASGOW – The Philippines will present its newly launched Sustainable Finance Roadmap before policymakers at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) being held here as a model for other emerging economies to incorporate climate and environmental factors in... Read More

Biden apologizes for Trump's Paris climate pact exit

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden apologized to the international community on Monday for his predecessor's decision to unilaterally withdraw the US from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord."I guess I shouldn’t apologize, but I do apologize for the fact the United States, the last... Read More

PH incurs $10-B losses due to climate-related hazards over 10 yrs

MANILA – The Philippines has incurred losses and damages estimated to reach PHP506.1 billion (about US$10 billion) from climate-related hazards over a decade, underscoring its extreme vulnerability to the climate crisis despite contributing only 0.3 percent of the planet’s total... Read More

PH reiterates call for urgent global climate action

GLASGOW – The Philippines has amplified the call of developing nations for urgent action and results on the climate change commitments of developed countries ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) that opened here Sunday.Prior to the COP26 meeting,... Read More

COP26 begins as countries plan future actions on climate change

GLASGOW, Britain – The 26th United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26), delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, kicked off on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland.As the first conference after the five-year review cycle under the Paris Agreement inked in 2015, delegates are... Read More

DOF chief to highlight PH agenda at COP26 climate change summit

GLASGOW – Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will lead the Philippine delegation to the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in this city, where world leaders and other decision makers will gather starting Sunday to determine how to... Read More

UN climate conference in Glasgow to bring over 100 global leaders

GLASGOW – More than 100 heads of states and governments from all over the world, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, will take part in the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26), to begin in Glasgow on Sunday.In the run-up to the conference,... Read More

Cops to intensify crackdown vs. environment destroyers

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday vowed to continue working with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in going after perpetrators of acts that destroy the environment.PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, made the statement following separate... Read More

PH moves to institutionalize carbon pricing instrument

MANILA – Studies instituting an appropriate carbon pricing instrument (CPI) are ongoing as the Philippines helps combat climate change.The Office of Department of Finance (DOF) spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez said the country currently does not have a carbon taxing plan but... Read More

Hollow promises must end, says UN as world on track to warm 2.7°C

WASHINGTON – The world is on track for a global temperature rise of 2.7°C by the end of the century, according to a report, with the UN chief saying world leaders can still work for a greener future."The era of half measures and hollow promises must end," said Antonio Guterres in opening... Read More

PH starts capacity building, foundations vs. climate change

MANILA – Developed countries have yet to deliver on the promised USD100 billion climate change financing to developing countries but the Philippine government has started capacity building and policy foundations to easily implement its programs.In a virtual pre-26th United Nations Climate... Read More

DENR mulls allowing more tourists in Boracay Island

MANILA–The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is looking into the possibility of increasing Boracay Island's carrying capacity so more people can visit this world-famous tourist destination.Boracay's carrying capacity at present is about 19,000 people daily but it's time to... Read More

DOF chief taps youth for fresh ideas in fight vs. climate change

MANILA – Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has called on young innovators to contribute their skills and ideas in the fight against climate change, and spearhead efforts to educate and motivate the country’s youth to take action in protecting the planet’s... Read More

Manila Bay dolomite beach reopens; swimming still banned

MANILA–The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) plans to implement measures against wading and swimming in the water along the recently re-opened Manila Bay dolomite beach in Manila.Such a plan aims to protect public health as DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said the... Read More