CA bypasses Lopez, netizens set in an uproar

It appears that the ad-interim secretary ofthe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Gina Lopez,has the ultimate support of not only the President of the Philippines but as well as the Filipino netizens for her confirmation by the Commission on Appointments (CA) as DENR chief.

Now, netizens, probably among her 430,000 Facebook page followers here and abroad, expressed their protests against the Commission on Appointment’s alleged by-pass of the confirmation, even to the extent of asking CA what their problem is. Others even called for the abolition of the powerful CA, saying it was “for the People to decide”,…

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Yolanda victims call for freedom from fossil fuels

“UNITE against climate change and never let anything like Yolanda happen again.”

This was the message of Leyte residents as they converged at the iconic San Juanico Bridge recently where they unfurled a giant banner bearing the words “#BreakFree from fossil fuels”.

The unfurling of the banner was part of the week-long activity in the Leyte leg of Break Free 2017 as a team of cyclists and a team of rowers watched below.

Break Free 2017 is a series of peaceful community mobilizations across the Philippines contributing to the second wave of global actions against fossil fuels.

“We should…

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Legarda: Reduce Disaster Risks

 

SENATOR Loren Legarda has stressed the importance of dealing with climate change as a way to build disaster resilience noting that the phenomenon has been causing extreme weather events, thus, it is of paramount importance for the country to adopt disaster risk reduction measures.

The lady lawmaker made the call on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction recently.

The Sendai Framework for DRR calls for ecosystem-based approaches to reducing disaster risk. Studies show that every dollar invested in ecosystem-based disaster and climate change adaptation means saving up to 20 dollars from…

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Climate watchdogs want use of coal stopped

BE an example and drop the Philippines’ reliance on coal.

This was the dare of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and other groups to President Rodrigo Duterte as they urged him to observe provisions indicated at the recently-signed Paris Agreement.

The environmental groups wanted President Duterte to stay true to the agreement by eliminating the Philippines’ dependence on coal as an energy source.

In a press briefing, the groups noted that despite the concurrence of the President to the climate change agreement, the Department of Energy has yet to follow up with a commitment to reduce the Philippines’…

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Wastewater as alternative drinking water

DRINKING wastewater must really be disgusting but with proper treatment and management, this could actually help address rising demand for water worldwide.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova urged countries to shift the management paradigm from "treatment and disposal" to "reduce, reuse, recycle and resource recovery," noting safely- managed wastewater can be a reliable alternative source of water for drinking, irrigation, industrial use and other purposes.

"The benefits are wide-ranging with implications on food and energy security and in mitigating impacts of climate change," she said in her message for this year's World Water Day (WWD) celebration that's focused on wastewater.

Rising…

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