Environmentalists push for “Zero-Waste” at Summit of Conscience for the Climate

Environmental advocates vow to espouse waste prevention and reduction measures as ethical and practical solutions to global warming and climate change at a historic summit spearheaded by Senator Loren Legarda.

On October 9, the Senate Committee on Climate Change, together with the Climate Change Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Embassy of France, will convene the Summit of Conscience for the Climate “to inspire Filipinos to act against climate change by caring for our environment.”

Environmentalist Sonia Mendoza, one of the speakers, welcomed the Summit as an opportunity “to steer greater citizen and government support to ecological…

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Climate threatens Pacific with seesaw sea levels

El Niño, that periodic bubble of heat that hits the tropical Pacific every few years, has nothing to do with climate change – but the phenomenon could be made much more devastating by climate change, according to two new studies.
And that is bad news for a region where vulnerable coastlines are already at risk from serious storms, floods and rising sea levels.
One set of researchers reports in Science Advances that, in response to El Niño, Western Pacific sea levels will fall and rise more frequently by 2100. When they fall, they threaten the corals with a foul-smelling tide;…

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Detox Pilipinas website to monitor chemical, industrial pollution

A day after the celebration of ‘International Right to Know Day’ on September 28, Greenpeace Philippines launched Detox Pilipinas (www.DetoxPilipinas.org), an interactive website that features maps and information about chemical spills, leaks and incidents, industrial waste polluters in the Philippines.
“Given the many cases of toxic pollution happening everywhere, and usually without people’s knowledge, it is high time for Filipinos to play an active role and to be aware of the silent threats of chemical and industrial pollution happening in their own communities that greatly put their health at risk,” said Abigail Aguilar, Toxics Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines.…

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 Oceana welcomes newly-signed implementing rules of amended Fisheries Code

The fisheries sector recently got a much needed boost in protecting and conserving the country’s marine and aquatic resources with the recent signing of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the amended fisheries code.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has signed on September 23, 2015, the IRR of the Fisheries Code of 1998 (or Republic Act 8550) as amended by RA 10564, an Act to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF).

The 89-page document is the result of an extensive drafting process, involving commercial fishing companies, government, civil society organizations, the academe, non-government organizations (NGOs),…

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Senator Loren Legarda's Privilege Speech on the Sustainable Development Goals

30 September 2015 | Session Hall, Senate

Mr. President,

We all dream of living in progressive, peaceful, safe and healthy communities. We all hope to be able to fulfill our needs and enjoy our basic rights. But we live in a world far from ideal. There is poverty around us; there is hunger, inequality, injustice, violence, natural hazards, environmental degradation, and climate change.
Nations sought to address these challenges through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were adopted by 189 member-states of the United Nations in 2000.
In its 2014 report on the MDGs, the UN stated that extreme poverty…

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