Legarda: Phl Must Brace for Stronger El Niño

The government is ready for the long dry spell, a result of the El Niño. The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has put in place several measures to mitigate the impact of El Niño.

Senator Loren Legarda acknowledged government preparations to make sure that water is in our farms even with El Niño. 

Legarda said the NIA has adopted a Quick-Turn-Around (QTA) scheme, wherein the planting of 2015 crops was done immediately after the harvest of 2014 second crop. 

“NIA has also adapted water-saving technologies, water distribution rotation, and rainwater harvesting,” Legarda said adding that the Department of Agriculture…

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Pinoy fishers catching smaller fishes, earning less

Filipino fishermen, big and small, are catching less and less from our depleted oceans, and thus are earning less than in previous decades. 

This is all a result of decades-long of overfishing, catching of young or juvenile fish, and illegal fishing activities. 

"It is unfortunate that the country's small and commercial fishermen are fishing themselves out of business, but this trend can be reversed," said lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president of Oceana Philippines, at the launch of the ‘Kapihan sa Isla' media forum in Quezon City. 

Due to overfishing the country's fishermen are now content with…

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ADB: Climate Change Endangers World’s Water Resources

ASIA may be the world’s most dynamic region with the fastest economic growth, but unfortunately it also leads the world in other less desirable ways—such as being the most insecure when it comes to water resources.

Of the world’s estimated 1.1 billion people without access to safe water, nearly 70%—or 700 million—come from Asia and the Pacific. And more than three quarters of countries in the region face serious water shortages, which if left unmanaged pose a real threat to continued growth and prosperity.

The reasons are many, complex, and intertwined, ranging from a rapidly growing population, increasing and…

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‘Renewables’ inch up vs. coal

It probably surprises nobody to learn that coal produces more of the world’s electricity than any other fuel. But it may provide food-for-thought to realize that the second most widely-used fuels for power generation are now ‘renewables.’

Electricity generation from renewable sources has overtaken natural gas to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced.

In Europe, the main renewables used to generate electricity are wind and solar power. Since 1990, global solar photovoltaic power has been increasing at an average growth rate of 44.6% a year, and wind at 27.1%.…

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Three Years On Yolanda Victims Still Reeling From Poverty

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 everyday to make ends meet even more than…

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