Climate change is an election issue

Climate change is – and should be – a vital factor for Filipinos in choosing their leaders in the May 9 national and local elections, said Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman.

"We're asking everyone to pause and think deeply about the choices we'll make," said De Guzman, noting that farming and fishing communities nationwide are at risk due to the changing climate's adverse impacts.

"Climate change affects people, natural resources, livelihood, lives - it doesn't discriminate and won't spare anyone," he added, highlighting the need for the Philippines’ next leaders to meet the country’s commitments under the…

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Humanity’s survival hinges on 1.5°C target


Senator Loren Legarda has called on global leaders to immediately ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, even as she stressed the need to target the more ambitious but safer 1.5-degree Celsius warming limit.

“In the Agreement, our commitment is to keep global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and that 1.5 degrees is an aspiration. But the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming limit should not just be an aspiration; we must do everything not to go beyond that, because the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal is a matter of survival. We have already breached the 1 degree…

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Phl signs Paris climate change accord

On behalf of the Philippine government, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje signed the landmark international climate agreement reached in Paris last December 2015, during a high-level signing ceremony, April 22, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The signing ceremony for the Paris accord took place on the first day the agreement commenced for signing by close to 200 countries. It coincided with the global observance of “Earth Day.”

The agreement was adopted by 196 countries that participated in the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change…

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Time to ‘walk the talk’ on climate pact

After the signing of the Paris deal on climate change, on April 26, Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman said it is now time for the signatories to “walk the talk” and work toward the goals of the agreement.

“We cannot afford any more delays in carrying out concerted action to combat climate change and its impacts,” De Guzman said in a statement, after the Philippines and 174 countries signed the agreement on April 22, 2016, in ceremonies held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

De Guzman was a member of the Philippine delegation, led…

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Start ‘low-carbon’ lifestyle via water conservation

Effective and efficient water management plays a major role in surmounting the adverse impact of climate change and water resource depletion.

Thus said Senator Loren Legarda, adding that one way to start a “low-carbon” lifestyle is to undertake water conservation initiatives.

“There is an urgent need to reduce water consumption, especially amid the worsening drought caused by El Niño. The country has already lost more than P4.7 billion-worth of crops due to the weather phenomenon since February last year, and Filipino farmers have been badly affected. We need to prevent further damage to the agriculture sector by conserving water, one…

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