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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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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Biochar Up

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Gina Lopez would not be denied.

Despite the hurdles she is facing regarding her confirmation before the Commission on Appointments, Lopez continued to do her work especially those she believes would help uplift the lives of the people.

This developed as she issued the policy guidelines for two important initiatives of the agencies aimed at providing local communities with sustainable livelihood opportunities while also protecting the environment.

The sustainable integrated area development (SIAD) is "an approach, a strategy and a guiding philosophy that weaves environmental considerations with social justice and human development."

Lopez said the SIAD strategy…

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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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 EcoWaste lauds switch to lead-free paint
Photo courtesy of EcoWaste Coalition

ENVIRONMENT watchdog EcoWaste Coalition has welcomed the news that 20 paint companies are now producing architectural, decorative and household (ADH) paints free of health-damaging lead-based-pigments, driers and anti-corrosion agents.

The group revealed the good news after receiving written responses from paint manufacturers confirming their compliance with the three-year phase-out period for lead-containing ADH paints that ended last December 31, 2016.

“We give our compliant paint manufacturers two thumbs up for meeting the phase-out requirements for lead in ADH paints as provided by law. This is good news, especially for our children who are most vulnerable to…

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