Environment

Ozone layer’s recovery on track, averting 0.5C temperature hike

Ozone layer’s recovery on track, averting 0.5C temperature hike

January 10, 2023, 4:08 pm

NAIROBI, Kenya – The United Nations environment office in Kenya’s capital Nairobi said Monday that the ozone layer is on the path to repair, which will help avert a warming of the planet of 0.5C. According to a statement from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), efforts to halt… Read More

UN to convene 'no-nonsense' climate summit in 2023

UN to convene 'no-nonsense' climate summit in 2023

December 20, 2022, 2:45 pm

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Monday that he would convene a ''Climate Ambition Summit'' in September 2023, saying ''it will be a no-nonsense summit. No exceptions. No compromises.'' Speaking at his year-end news conference, he warned that the world is still… Read More

No waste segregation, no disposal at sanitary landfills: DENR

No waste segregation, no disposal at sanitary landfills: DENR

December 16, 2022, 7:38 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) has urged operators of sanitary landfills in Central Luzon not to collect residual waste from the local government units (LGUs) that are not properly segregated.… Read More

New climate fund program to hasten climate action launched

New climate fund program to hasten climate action launched

December 7, 2022, 4:26 pm

MANILA – The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed an agreement for the country’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Program that seeks to speed up climate action through green finance. Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno and GGGI Philippines Country… Read More

Foundation urges planting of more trees to combat global warming

Foundation urges planting of more trees to combat global warming

November 30, 2022, 7:02 pm

MANILA – In its continued support to contain the ill effects of global warming and climate change, the Million Trees Foundation, Inc. (MTFI) has renewed its call for all stakeholders in the country to plant more trees in support of the government's ongoing reforestation program. “Our goal is… Read More

PH, Germany take joint action vs. climate crisis

PH, Germany take joint action vs. climate crisis

November 29, 2022, 2:48 pm

MANILA – The German government, through its Embassy in Manila, is partnering with the Philippine government in addressing the climate crisis. “We consider the climate crisis the greatest security challenge of our time. The world cannot afford to wait longer. We need to end the fossil age and… Read More

VP Sara backs reforestation efforts vs. climate change

VP Sara backs reforestation efforts vs. climate change

November 28, 2022, 1:24 pm

MANILA – To increase carbon sinks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, more trees should be planted, Vice President and Department of Education Secretary Sara Duterte said. In her message at the 15th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week (CCC Week 2022) on Nov. 25, Duterte… Read More

BOC employees plant 4.5K tree seedlings nationwide

BOC employees plant 4.5K tree seedlings nationwide

November 28, 2022, 12:42 pm

MANILA – Officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from its central office and the 17 collection districts held a nationwide simultaneous tree planting activity. In a statement Monday, the BOC said employees planted a total of 4,500 seedlings during the activity dubbed as "Puno ng… Read More

Dev’t partners reaffirm vow to mobilize fund for climate action

Dev’t partners reaffirm vow to mobilize fund for climate action

November 23, 2022, 3:14 pm

MANILA – Development partners reaffirmed their commitment of mobilizing financial resources for investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation to confront the challenges posed by the climate crisis. Development partners including the World Bank Group and United Nations Development… Read More

CCC, DILG partner to bolster LGUs' adaptation planning capacities

CCC, DILG partner to bolster LGUs' adaptation planning capacities

November 23, 2022, 2:31 pm

MANILA – To further bolster local government unit (LGU) capacities for climate change mitigation and adaptation, the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Local Government Academy (DILG-LGA) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) are teaming to build up their institutional… Read More

Surigao Norte mining firms bag nat'l environment awards

Surigao Norte mining firms bag nat'l environment awards

November 22, 2022, 5:14 pm

BUTUAN CITY – Two Surigao del Norte-based affiliates of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) have been awardees of the prestigious Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) for this year.In a statement Tuesday, NAC said Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HMC) in Taganaan town and Taganito Mining… Read More

UN, EU express ‘disappointment’ over outcomes of COP27

UN, EU express ‘disappointment’ over outcomes of COP27

November 20, 2022, 8:16 pm

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – The UN and European Union on Sunday expressed their disappointment over the final declaration of the UN Climate Change Conference or COP27 on reducing emissions. "Our planet is still in the emergency room. We need to drastically reduce emissions now, and this is an issue… Read More

UN COP27 reaches deal to set up ‘loss and damage' fund

UN COP27 reaches deal to set up ‘loss and damage' fund

November 20, 2022, 7:35 pm

ISTANBUL – The UN Climate Change Conference or COP27 on Sunday agreed to establish a “loss and damage” fund to help vulnerable countries hit hard by climate change. The 27th conference was held in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh. Egyptian Foreign Minister and COP27 President Sameh… Read More

Green recovery urgent issue, not just option: APEC report

Green recovery urgent issue, not just option: APEC report

November 17, 2022, 8:46 pm

JAKARTA – Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are facing extensive sustainability challenges, and there is a pressing need to embark on green structural reforms to tackle it and promote green recovery from the economic slowdown triggered by the pandemic. This is reflected in… Read More

NegOcc strengthens campaign vs. illegal sand, gravel extraction

NegOcc strengthens campaign vs. illegal sand, gravel extraction

November 15, 2022, 6:57 pm

BACOLOD CITY – Police environment desk officers (PEDOs) in various stations of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) have been trained to boost the province’s campaign against illegal extraction and transport of sand and gravel materials. Lt. Judesses Catalogo, public… Read More

UK pledges £11.6B to tackle climate change

UK pledges £11.6B to tackle climate change

November 8, 2022, 2:01 pm

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Monday that the UK is committed to providing 11.6 billion euros (USD13.3 billion) to tackle climate change, noting that the war in Ukraine called for "faster action" on the climate crisis. This came in his first international… Read More

Legal shield for environment defenders, climate activists sought

Legal shield for environment defenders, climate activists sought

November 7, 2022, 5:56 pm

MANILA – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday urged the government to provide legal protection for environmental defenders and climate activists who promote climate awareness and education. In a statement, the CHR noted that the Philippines plays an important role in leading and… Read More

Europe heating up more than twice global average

Europe heating up more than twice global average

November 3, 2022, 8:49 pm

ISTANBUL – Temperatures in Europe have risen more than twice the global average over the past three decades, according to the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which says Europe’s is the highest increase in the world. "As the warming trend continues, exceptional heat, wildfires,… Read More

COP27 prioritizes keeping focus on 1.5-degree target

COP27 prioritizes keeping focus on 1.5-degree target

November 3, 2022, 7:11 pm

ANKARA – The priority agenda at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27, aims to pursue efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the deputy executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said. Speaking… Read More

Bill seeks to declare part of Philippine Rise as protected area

Bill seeks to declare part of Philippine Rise as protected area

November 3, 2022, 5:43 pm

MANILA – Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has asked Congress to pass a measure he proposed declaring a large part of the Philippine Rise, a vast undersea region east of Luzon, as a protected area so it could be managed and explored for its marine resources. In House Bill (HB) No. 5687,… Read More