People on the move: disasters and displacement in a changing climate

By Imelda Abaño

Tacloban City – Victoriano Bechachino, 44, a fisherman with eight children, is among millions of people who are still reeling from super typhoon Haiyan’s powerful storm surge that swept into Leyte, killing more than 6,000 people, displaced 4.1 million people and caused an estimated P89 billion in damage.
“It is heartbreaking. How can I forget the day when we stood in the waters for hours? How could you bear to see your neighbor, mostly children being swept away by strong current of water? The typhoon made our lives unbearable as we struggle every day to make…

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Climate vulnerable Philippines plans huge bet on coal

The Philippines is planning a huge expansion of its coal power plant network, despite calls for the climate vulnerable nation to help lead efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Global Coal Plant Tracker, 52 new coal power units are in the process of being constructed across the country, each with an estimated lifetime of 35 years.
Local activist Gerry Arances, from the Philippines movement for climate justice, says the number could be as high as 59, a figure based on permit applications lodged with the energy department.
“It’s ironic given we are at ground zero of climate…

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Legarda cautions govt on use of coal

Despite numerous calls from several advocacy groups, the government has put the future of the Philippines’ energy sector squarely on coal, negating their drive towards a reliable, “cleaner” power supply in the Philippines. 

The government’s current attitude will soon have significant impacts on the country’s vulnerability to climate change, Sen. Loren Legarda said.

“We should act quickly to prevent such an incident – severe air pollution – from happening in our country. The faster we act, the greater the chances are of avoiding the most debilitating effects of extreme weather events,” Legarda noted, citing the urgent need to shift…

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World’s oceans under severe pressure

LONDON – The world’s oceans – covering nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and on which much of human life depends – are under severe pressure, according to a global environmental research organization.
Over-fishing has dramatically reduced fish stocks. Thousands of tons of rubbish are dumped continuously in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine life. Worse, climate change is warming and acidifying the rubbish, putting the oceans under further stress.
These are the conclusions of a study of the Earth’s ecosystems by the Worldwatch Institute, considered as one of the world’s foremost environmental think-tanks based in Washington, D.C.
“Our…

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Climate change is ‘game changer,’ wipes away investments, efforts   

Legazpi City – Every year, the Philippines loses billions of pesos worth of public investments in infrastructure, and more importantly human lives due to extreme events brought about by climate change. 

“From the development perspective, climate change is the game changer, as all our efforts and investments will be obliterated, if we don’t give attention to doing our jobs and living a life with resiliency to climate change,” stressed agriculture undersecretary Segfredo Serrano, at a workshop for journalists called “Climate Change: Gets mo na ba?” conducted here by the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. (PAJ). 

“Developing countries, including the…

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