UN, EU express ‘disappointment’ over outcomes of COP27

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

Green recovery urgent issue, not just option: APEC report

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

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

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

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

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,... Read More

COP27 prioritizes keeping focus on 1.5-degree target

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

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

Olive Ridley turtle eggs turned over to DENR in Sorsogon town

LEGAZPI CITY – Some 46 Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs are being monitored at the shorelines of Donsol town in Sorsogon after their turnover to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office in Bicol (DENR-5).In a social media post on Wednesday, DENR-5 said a... Read More

US Peace Corps to roll out new climate initiative in PH

MANILA – United States Peace Corps chief executive officer Carol Spahn said here Thursday that the Philippines is among the first countries to implement its new climate initiative.Spahn said around 40 coastal resource management volunteers will be working with the government next year to... Read More

Church group calls for trash-free 'Undas' observance

MANILA – The social arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has appealed to the people to ensure that the environment is protected by having a “garbage-free” commemoration of Undas (All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day).Fr. Antonio Labiao Jr, executive... Read More

Turkiye FL bats for global solidarity vs. climate change crisis

MANILA–Türkiye's First Lady Emine Erdogan has underscored the need for global solidarity to mitigate the impact of climate change crisis and other environmental issues.Speaking at the First Environment Forum organized by Anadolu Agency in Istanbul, Erdogan said "climate change is a... Read More

Chinese firm backs PH’s tree planting with over 1K pine needles

MANILA – China Energy Engineering Group Col., Ltd continued to support the country’s National Greening Program with over 1,000 pine needles planted near a village beside the Kapangan Hyropower Plant in Kapangan town, Benguet province.Some 15 employees of the project department of the... Read More

Media must be 'more ambitious' in covering climate change picture

ANKARA – The media has to be "more confident and ambitious" in covering the entire picture on climate change, a former Portuguese official said on Tuesday."The media has to give us the input from normal people and how they are suffering from climate change," Bruno Macaes, a former secretary of... Read More

Angeles eyes waste-to-cement tech for collected plastics

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – The city government here is exploring a waste-to-cement technology as part of its solid waste management efforts.Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. on Wednesday met with Republic Cement & Building Materials, (RCBM) Inc. managing director for ecoloop Angela Edralin-Valencia... Read More

Denmark vows funding for ‘loss and damage’ due to climate change

LONDON – Denmark pledged Tuesday at the UN General Assembly in New York to be the first country to provide funding to developing nations that have suffered “loss and damage” caused by climate disruptions.During a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New... Read More

BFAR-Bicol reports rise in volume of ocean wastes this year

LEGAZPI CITY– The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Bicol (BFAR-5), together with the Women in Maritime Philippines (WIMA Phils.), has renewed its call to local government units (LGUs) to continuously implement the ecological solid waste management plan after collecting 180... Read More

EU Commission proposes 5% less energy use during peak hours

BRUSSELS – The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a mandatory 5 percent reduction in electricity consumption during peak hours to ease the bloc’s dependence on Russian gas.“We're still confronted with a profound mismatch between supply and demand on the energy... Read More

2K seedlings planted in NegOr to support nat'l greening program

DUMAGUETE CITY – Personnel of various government agencies in Negros Oriental on Tuesday planted 2,000 tree seedlings of different varieties in support of the priorities of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on environment and natural resources protection.Dubbed the National Simultaneous Bamboo and... Read More