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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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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Youth tapped to help in wildlife conservation

IN BOLSTERING the fight against wildlife crime, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Dir. Theresa Mundita Lim has asked for the assistance of the youth noting that their involvement would help ensure and safeguard the country’s wildlife.

“Such youth involvement is essential as the Philippines is among the world's 17 megadiverse countries but is also among biodiversity hotspots on Earth,” noted (BMB) " Lim said.

“Raise your voices, pursue your role and be proud to be part of the network of environment and wildlife conservationists," she urged the youth in a message during the agency's celebration of UN's annual World Wildlife Day…

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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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Senate formalizes PH entry to Paris Climate accord

AFTER describing the signed Paris Agreement document as very important for the country, Senator Loren Legarda has declared that she will sponsor the measure at the Senate to pave the way for the formal inclusion of the Philippines as a signatory to the climate accord.

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier vowed to dump the agreement citing the rich countries’ penchant to dictate on poor countries like the Philippines on what they should do to address global warming and climate change.

President Duterte was adamant because he knew that the richest countries are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG)…

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