African cattle bred for toughness tested by climate change

Millennia of strategic breeding, including a hook-up with an Asian cousin centuries ago, have made African cattle resilient to drought, heat waves and disease, according to a genetic analysis released Monday......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardSep 29th, 2020

Mandatory appointment of PENRO pushed

Recognizing that illegal logging activities remain rampant in some provinces, Siquijor Rep. Jake Vincent Villa has filed a bill seeking the mandatory appointment of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO). He filed House Bill No. 7382 to amend the Local Government Code by making mandatory instead of optional the appointment of PENRO. Villa sought to specifically amend Section 463 under Chapter 2, Title 4, Book 3 of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, to ensure that there will be an official tasked to safeguard and promote environmental protection in the provinces. “As time passes, changes to the environment in all provinces become readily apparent. From once a land of flora and fauna turned concrete jungle of buildings and infrastructures. As changes occur, in particular, climate change transformation of some of our forests lands into virtual savannas aggravated by illegal logging activities have scalped off the precious cover that in the past has served as protection against rampaging rain water during the typhoon season,” Villa said.  “The government should be enjoined to protect and preserve our precious forest reserves to avoid destructive flooding,” Villa said.  “It is also for the same reasons that the government should designate an official who should be responsible for ensuring that the lands in every province are protected from wanton and illegal cutting of logs and that in areas where reforestation is needed, the same shall be undertaken to avoid destructive flooding in the future,” he added.  HB 7382 also seeks to amend Article 115 (b) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA No. 7160 by including PENRO in the list of appointive provincial officials. At present, there are only 13 mandatory appointive provincial officials – Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, provincial treasurer, provincial accountant, provincial budget officer, provincial planning and development coordinator, provincial engineer, provincial health officer, provincial administrator, provincial legal officer, provincial agriculturist; provincial social welfare and development officer, provincial veterinarian, and provincial general services officer......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

The underground Parthenon protecting Tokyo from floods

It has been called Japan's underground "Parthenon", a cavernous complex charged with protecting Tokyo and surrounding areas from catastrophic flooding -- a risk experts warn is growing as climate change advances......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said on Monday. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing the global economy some $2.97 trillion. The figure far outstrips the 4,212 major natural disasters recorded between 1980 and 1999, the UN office said in a new report entitled “The Human Cost of Disasters 2000-2019”. The sharp increase was largely attributable to a rise in climate-related disasters, including extreme weather events like floods, drought and storms, the report said. Extreme heat is proving especially deadly. “We are wilfully destructive,” UNDRR chief Mami Mizutori told reporters in a virtual briefing. “That is the only conclusion one can come to when reviewing disaster events over the last 20 years.” She accused governments of not doing enough to prevent climate hazards and called for better preparation for looming disasters.  ‘Uphill battle’“The odds are being stacked against us when we fail to act on science and early warnings to invest in prevention, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction,” she said. The report did not touch on biological hazards and disease-related disasters like the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over one million people and infected over 37 million in the past nine months. But Mizutori suggested coronavirus was “the latest proof that political and business leaders are yet to tune in to the world around them”. Monday’s report showed 6,681 climate-linked events had been recorded since the turn of the century, up from 3,656 during the previous 20-year-period. While major floods had more than doubled to 3,254, there had been 2,034 major storms up from 1,457 in the prior period. Mizutori said public health authorities and rescue workers were “fighting an uphill battle against an ever-rising tide of extreme weather events”. While better preparedness and early warning systems had helped bring down the number of deaths in many natural disaster settings, she warned that “more people are being affected by the expanding climate emergency”. Deadliest disasterMonday’s report relied on statistics from the Emergency Events Database, which records all disasters that kill 10 or more people, affect 100 or more people or result in a state of emergency declaration. The data showed that Asia has suffered the highest number of disasters in the past 20 years with 3,068 such events, followed by the Americas with 1,756 and Africa with 1,192. In terms of affected countries, China topped the list with 577 events followed by the United States with 467. While a warming climate appeared to be driving the number and severity of such disasters, there had also been an increase in geophysical events like earthquakes and tsunamis that are not related to climate but are particularly deadly. The deadliest single disaster in the past 20 years was the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, with 226,400 deaths, followed by the Haiti earthquake in 2010, which claimed some 222,000 lives......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

UN: Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000

Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said on Monday. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing the global economy some […] The post UN: Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Government keen on declaring climate emergency – Cimatu

A “climate emergency” may be declared by government to compel a whole-nation effort in addressing the worsening impact of climate change on the environment, economy and communities, a Cabinet official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Earthshot – for world’s environmental problems

  PRINCE William of Britain, grandson and second-in-line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, launched Friday the Earthshot Project that will award five one-million-pound ($1.29-million) prizes a year for the next ten years for protecting and restoring nature, clean air, reviving oceans, waste reduction, and climate change. The prizes will seek to stimulate […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Greta Thunberg urges US voters to pick Biden

Swedish environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg on Saturday asked US voters to choose Joe Biden, saying the outcome of the US presidential election was crucial for fighting climate change......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

PPP key to addressing pandemic, threats

Science, transparency and the collaboration of governments, regulators, the health community and the private sector are crucial in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other global threats......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Greenpeace willing to assist Palace in crafting climate emergency declaration

Greenpeace Philippines welcomed the Palace statement that President Rodrigo Duterte would look into the suggestion to declare climate emergency, which would ensure that climate change and its impacts on the lives of Filipinos is a top government priority......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Climate body calls for action on finalization of Philippines climate plans

The Climate Change Commission made the call Thursday following President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly urging countries to honor their climate commitments and fight the climate crisis with the same urgency as COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

Gobyerno, naglaan ng P152.35-B pondo para sa climate change adaptation at disaster risk reduction

Maglalaan ang pamahalaan ng P152.35 bilyong budget para sa implementasyon ng convergence program sa climate change adaptation at disaster risk reduction sa susunod na taon. Ito ay ayon sa Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR) na pinamumunuan ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Sabi pa ng cabinet […] The post Gobyerno, naglaan ng P152.35-B pondo para sa climate change adaptation at disaster risk reduction appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2020

Pandemic worsening plastic pollution — climate body

The Climate Change Commission yesterday warned against a surge in plastic pollution due to the increased consumption of single-use masks, latex gloves and other personal protective equipment during the coronavirus disease pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

TURNING POINT: Come Now the Scourges of Climate Change

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 14 September) — In the month of August to September this year, we witness spine-chilling events across the planet that managed to snatch for some moments our daily attention from the scary coronavirus pandemic. We had Hurricane Laura that devastated the US South Coast and an equally disastrous Typhoon Haishen […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Trump predicts climate to cool down in wildfires briefing

President Donald Trump on Monday suggested global warming will reverse itself and dismissed climate change as a cause of ferocious fires engulfing swaths of the US West during a briefing with local officials in California......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Trump has head ‘in sand’ — L.A. mayor

PORTLAND, United States (AFP) — Top officials in West Coast states where record-breaking fires have killed 33 people accused President Donald Trump on Sunday of being in denial about climate change, as he prepared to meet emergency services workers in California. “This is climate change, and this is an administration that’s put its head in […] The post Trump has head ‘in sand’ — L.A. mayor appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

US wildfires ignite political row as bets head to Cali

Portland---President Donald Trump was due Monday to visit California for a briefing on record wildfires that have killed 35 people, as West Coast officials and political opponents accused him of being in denial about climate change......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 14th, 2020

Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are at record levels and emissions that saw a temporary decline due to the pandemic are heading towards pre-COVID levels, while global temperatures continue to hit new highs, according to a major new United Nations (UN) report. “United in Science 2020” highlights the increasing and irreversible impacts […] The post Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 12th, 2020

P181.9-B in proposed 2021 budget to address effects of climate change

"The COVID-19 pandemic impacted not only our economy and our people but also our environment. This experience has opened our eyes to the reality that everything has its limit," the president said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

DOE hinimok ang Kamara na pag-aralan ang EPIRA

Manila, Philippines – Hinimok ng Department of Energy (DOE) ang Kamara na pag-aralan ang Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) at humanap ng paraan para protektahan ang mga consumer sa “unseen pass-on charges.” Ito ang rekomendasyon ni Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella sa House Committee on Climate Change’s virtual meeting sa kasalukuyang estado ng Philippine […] The post DOE hinimok ang Kamara na pag-aralan ang EPIRA appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2020

‘Happy’ Greta Thunberg back where she belongs

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg said Monday she has returned to school after a year off campaigning to curb climate change. “My gap year from school is over, and it feels so great to finally be back in school again!” the 17-year-old tweeted, attaching a smiling photo of herself with a schoolbag on her back […] The post ‘Happy’ Greta Thunberg back where she belongs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020