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US study warns of sudden climate change woes

This July 22, 2006, file photo shows the Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaking ice in the Arctic Ocean near Barrow, Alaska. A 200-page report by the National Academy of Sciences says abrupt changes like melting ice in the Arctic Ocean and mass species extinctions have already started and are worse than predicted.  AP

Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth’s environment are more worrisome than climate change’s bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the US government concluded Tuesday.

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Japanese team to assess Metro water security


Teams from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the University of Tokyo are lending their expertise and technology to help predict the impact of climate change on water security in Metro Manila.

Posted: November 15th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Disaster fund creation urged


The Philippines has urged the global community to set up a worldwide disaster insurance fund to support reconstruction initiatives.

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future

This undated handout photo provided by Marinelifephotography.com shows Soft corals, crinoids and associated reef fishes in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. A new study on the timing of climate change calculates the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems across the world would regularly experience never-before-seen hotter environments based on about 150 years of record-keeping. These are the dates when every year is hotter than old hottest annual record. This means the old blistering heat of people's memories will eventually seem unusually cool in comparison to the warming years to come. AP

Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They’re likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Climate change up close and personal

A MAN waded through a flooded section of Osmeña Highway in Makati City, the country’s financial district. AP FILE PHOTO

The heavy rains last week that caused severe flooding in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon brought back memories of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” in 2009 and habagat (southwest monsoon) in 2012.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Features | Read More »

Cleaning windows: Shell’s thinktank mulls over world’s energy future


Sherlock Holmes solving crimes in foggy London is such a Western image, but not far removed from that of smog-gray Beijing at midday on Jan. 13, 2013. That the capital of an economy in Asia, the new nexus of global economic development, was covered in thick smog earlier this year warns the next wave of “tiger economies” such as the Philippines of the risks that development entails.

Posted: July 13th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipinos urged to join fight vs climate change


Many Filipinos need a lifestyle change fast if the country is to do its part in the global effort to combat climate change, which affects third world countries like the Philippines the most.

Posted: June 25th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

4 of 5 Filipinos feel effects of climate change


Clearly, climate change is not just a vague concept, especially for Filipinos.

Posted: June 20th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

PH growth rate faster if not for effects of disasters—UN exec


The Philippines better-than-expected 7.8 economic percent growth rate during the first quarter of the year could have been even better if losses from recent disasters were lessened, according to an official of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Posted: June 4th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

From blackouts to food shortages: Why the Philippine clean energy sector needs a boost

WIND turbine for home use generates electricity. The benefits of converting to clean energy will be felt in the long run, after the initial investment is paid off. Photo By Ma. Esther Salcedo-Posadas, Contributor

Former Senator Heherson Alvarez thinks that the world is so close to what is known as the “tipping point” where even the food chain will be directly affected.

Posted: May 11th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Climate-proofing our farmers and food supply


When we observe Labor Day on Wednesday, let us remember our farmers—the backbone of our food supply. In our labor force, farmers are the most adversely affected by climate-related events, such as typhoons, due to their dependence on climate, poor economic condition, and high-risk areas. The challenge to us is to protect them, as well as our food supply, from climate change risks.

Posted: April 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Educational sustainability

AGRICULTURAL schools can help cities develop intelligent city farming to include alternatives to rice which can now be used in mushrooming city food outlets. Photo from lushome.com

OUR WORLD now faces four major challenges. These challenges include climate change, the fuel crisis, financial crisis and food crisis.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »



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