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Watch Double Epic Fail in Ilocos Norte

Yes, totally true. The epic fails in Ilocos Norte. One of which was the “cable cart” ride which amused the passengers at first. Then afterwards lost the interest for the operator obviously had difficulty maneuvering the cart up its destination and back. But hey, it was a good try. The […]

Global warming is major cause behind extreme weather – WMO

The extreme weather conditions prevailing worldwide, including the long-lasting heat waves and scorching temperatures across the northern hemisphere, remains the main culprit according to a latest study of the World Meteorological Organization released in Geneva. Using the climate assessment models of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the WMO predicted […]

Pink pineapples for your fruit salad, anyone?

Do you love fruit salads? Are you fond of experimenting by adding colors on the mix to make it more fancy and attractive? Now that wait is almost over. Very soon, the food stalls and supermarkets in the US of A will get a fill of pineapple, not the yellow […]

Palawan islet home to dozens of rare bird species going underwater

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Dec. 22 — An islet in Palawan that is host to dozens of bird species is in the brink of going under seawater due to continuous erosion. The bird islet on the North Atoll of Tubbataha Reefs was confirmed undergoing a progressive erosion as officials of the […]

Why only now? Albay solon bats for huge impounding dams in Bicol

In the season of change espoused by the President of the Philippines (POTP), elective government officials try to outsmart another with brilliant ideas so they would not be percieved as mere stones gathering moss on the pillars of their four cornered offices. Some fear lurks in their heart that President […]

Salceda wants to separate OCD from NDRRMC

LEGAZPI CITY — If he will have his way, outgoing Albay governor Joey Salceda will separate the Office of Civil Defense from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Now that he is the newly elected representative of the second legislative district of Albay, it is exactly what he […]

Russia impose ban on corn, soy bean imports from US

Russia bans import of soybeans and corn from the United States starting from February 15. Assistant to Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseenko told TASS on Wednesday, “Restrictions will be imposed on imports starting from February 15.” Answering a respective question, the agency […]

Australia puts up US $500,000 to fight Zika virus in Pacific Region

[flexiblemap address=”Nukuʻalofa, Tonga” region=”Pacific” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”12″ ] To prevent the spreading and combat the Zika virus, the Australian government has pledged US $500,000 in aid. Australian minister for the Pacific said in a statement that the fund will be used to combat the virus in Tonga and other […]

Zika virus is just one flight away from Australia to the Philippines

This should make everyone aware and cautious. The dreaded Zika virus is just one flight away from Australia to the Philippines. Or from an infected population in a Latin American or Carribean country to Manila. It will be carried not by Aedes aegypti, the mosquito vector of Zika virus, but […]

World Health Organization declares global emergency over Zika virus

World Health Organization declares global emergency over Zika virus and considers the outbreak in the Americas constitutes public health emergency. The UN health agency declared on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, a global public health emergency over the Zika virus chiefly affecting Brazil and other countries in the region, the first […]

Pandemic: Zika virus spreading ‘explosively’ in Americas

Zika virus is spreading “explosively” in the Americas, and could spread even further afield amid an “extremely high” level of alarm, said a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, made the statement while briefing WHO’s board members in Geneva on the Zika […]

ADB raise urgency for fast-tracking greenhouse gas emission reduction

A new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report raised urgency for fast-tracking Southeast Asia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, warning limited impacts of climate change arising from these discharges can already reach some 11 percent of this region’s GDP by 2100. Launched Monday in Metro Manila, the report ‘Southeast Asia and […]

India PM says ‘climate change pact no winners or losers’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the landmark climate change deal reached in Paris last night as the victory of “climate justice” and said there are no winners or losers in the outcome. He appreciated how every country rose to the challenge for reaching the agreement at the Conference […]

Video: Departure of President Aquino for climate talks in Paris

Departure ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for President Benigno S.Aquino, III. The President’s first stop will be Paris, where he will attend the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled on November 30 to December 11 in Le […]

P-Noy’s COP21 Paris visit includes Italian side-trip

Malacanang on Thursday said President Benigno S. Aquino III will attend the 21st Conference of the Parties for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Nov. 30. The working visit will enable Aquino to further expand Philippine bilateral ties and cooperation with the Holy See, France, and […]

Bicol farmers face climate change challenge next planting season

Bicol farmers are facing an immediate challenge based on the seasonal climate outlook advisory by the Department of Agriculture covering the months of September this year up until January 2016. Reduced rainfall and increase in temperature might reduce crop yield, specifically in rain-fed as well as irrigated areas at the […]

PH, Chile signs agreement on disaster risk reduction management

The Philippines and Chile on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on disaster risk reduction and management. Following their expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang Palace, President Benigno S. Aquino III and his Chilean counterpart, Michelle Bachelet, witnessed the signing of the MOU, led by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who also […]

UN’s Ban Ki-moon bats for compromise on climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday called on world leaders to step up their efforts to eliminate their differences in order to reach an agreement in Paris in late November on tackling the climate challenge for the global community. “With two weeks left before the start of COP-21, it is […]

UNICEF: Stronger El Nino endanger lives of 11-M children

An estimated 11 million children are at risk of hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Nino, which is also causing droughts and floods in parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) […]

WB warns climate change can plunge 100 million people into poverty by 2030

Climate change could push an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 if the world fails to take actions, the World Bank warned in a report released Sunday. The report, titled Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty, found that poor people are already at […]

Chile’s Coquimbo region hit by 6.8 magnitude quake

[flexiblemap title=”Chile quake” address=”Coquimbo Region, Chile” region=”South America” directions=”true” width=”100%” height=”250px” zoom=”9″] A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in the early hours of Saturday, but no damage or injuries have been reported. The quake hit the north-central Coquimbo region at a depth of 47.8 km at 4:31 a.m. (0731 GMT), according […]

PH looking at additional 1.3-MT rice imports

The Philippines has no bragging right about rice self sufficiency anytime now until some time next year. The government is looking to import an additional 300,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, bringing total rice shipments to 1.8 million MT during the first half of 2016, to ensure enough supply and […]

Driest Atacama Desert blooms surprise carpet of wildflowers

The driest desert of the world, the Atacama, located on the Pacific coast and covering 1,000 kilometers of Chilean land, has suddenly turned into a gorgeous carpet of wildflowers, after El Nino, a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the Equatorial Pacific, brought the heaviest rainfall in two decades […]

Research: Mangrove forests in Indo-Pacific region could be gone by 2070

Mangrove forests in the Indo-Pacific region could be completely under water by 2070, threatening fisheries, coastal protection and furthering climate change, researchers at the University of Queensland (Australia) warn. Yet, the outlook in other parts of the world are more positive as “our modelling shows mangroves are likely to persist […]

Typhoon Chedeng weakens, typhoon signals raised on several provinces

Typhoon Chedeng has weakend further as it moves closer to eastern Luzon. It is estimated to make landfall over the coast of Aurora-Isabela area by Sunday morning, April 5, and will exit the landmass via Ilocos Sur by Sunday evening and will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday […]

Participants were half-hearted during the nationwide earthquake drill

The 1st quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill last March 27 wherein Marikina city also participated was hailed as a success. Playing lead roles were partner agencies’ National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), also tasked to strengthen people’s preparedness for emergencies […]

Monsanto supporter insists Roundup safe, refuses to drink when offered

Roundup is an effective weed-killer. Recently, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, tagged glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, as the second highest risk level for possible cancer-causing agents. The interview below conducted by French cable channel Canal+ turned sour and was cut short when the […]

Mild ‘El Nino” damages P7-M Kidapawan City agri-crop production

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Mar. 22 — As the dry spell affects more farmers here, the City Agriculture Office is asking for assistance from concerned agencies particularly the Department of Agriculture. Senior Agriculturist Nesmari Espejo said over P7 million worth of crops including rice, corn, banana and coffee have been […]

Department of Agriculture is prepared for ‘El Niño’ – Alcala

MANILA, March 21 — The Aquino government is taking the necessary steps to prepare for the effects of weather phenomenon El Niño in the country, a Malacañang official assured on Saturday. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Department of Agriculture was on top of the preparations. “Pagdating po sa […]

Earth Hour, WWF leads solar lamps gift of life project in Palawan

MANILA, March 19 — The global movement Earth Hour led by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is giving out safe and economical solar lamps to hundreds of families in Palawan. It is this year’s Gift of Life project of the organization. “Solar lamps rely on power of the sun, […]

Scientists link underwater volcanic eruptions to climate change

Scientists link underwater volcanic eruptions to climate change MOSCOW, Feb. 9 — Volcanic eruptions under the sea floor may well have an impact on climate change, according to a new study published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. “People have ignored seafloor volcanoes on the idea that their influence is […]

CamSur sustains P187.3-M loss on agri crops due to Amang

CamSur sustains P187.3-M loss on agri crops due to Amang. Tropical Storm Amang left Bicol not without wreaking havoc on agricultural crops in Camarines Sur. The province sustained agricultural losses pegged at P187.3 million according to the regional disaster council. Other provinces registered agricultural damages including Sorsogon at P23.2 milliion, […]

Pinoy Mobile app ARKO wins international award

The Philippines’ mobile app ARKO by the Project Noah wins an award from the World Summit Awards Mobile Content 2014. Together with ColorADD from Portugal, Braille Board from Palestine, SnooCode of Ghana, and LIVOX of Brazil, the winners share the top honors under the e-Inclusion and Empowerment category, besting hundreds […]

Geohazard maps of Yolanda-hit towns up for distribution

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 10 — The environment and natural resources department said that 131 out of the 171 municipalities, covering nine Yolanda-hit provinces, now have geohazard maps at a scale of 1:10,000. After super typhoon Yolanda ravaged the Visayas regions one year ago, larger-scale and more detailed geohazard maps of […]

CamSur spearheads climate change advocacy campaign

PILI, Camarines Sur — The province of Camarines Sur kicks-off the regional climate change advocacy campaign in Bicol on August 26th at the convention center within the capitol complex. Gov. Miguel Villafuerte will keynote the event while Pili municipal mayor Alexis San Luis and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture […]

DA: Bicol pilot area for climate change resistant crops

The Department of Agriculture selected Bicol Region as the pilot area for climate change resistant or adapting crops in line with the climate change resiliency program of the government. Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala on Sunday said the region will also serve as the laboratory for the DA’s quick turnaround planting […]

Glenda aftermath: Coco farmers to suffer economic hardship

LEGAZPI CITY — Coconut farmers are projected to suffer from economic hardship due to loss of income until next year or even up to 2016 as the consequence of Typhoon Glenda. Philippine Coconut Authority-Albay senior agriculturist Alvin Trespeces said agency records estimated the total loss in terms of farmers’ income […]

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Green Climate Fund headhunts for management experts

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 4 — The Green Climate Fund will be operational this January with the assumption of duties by the start-up secretariat within a few days. The Fund has headquarters in Incheon, South Korea. On Saturday, GCF co-chair and Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said the first batch of […]

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CamSur spearheads climate change advocacy campaign

PILI, Camarines Sur — The province of Camarines Sur kicks-off the regional climate change advocacy campaign in Bicol on August 26th at the convention center within the capitol complex. Gov. Miguel Villafuerte will keynote the event while Pili municipal mayor Alexis San Luis and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture […]

DA: Bicol pilot area for climate change resistant crops

The Department of Agriculture selected Bicol Region as the pilot area for climate change resistant or adapting crops in line with the climate change resiliency program of the government. Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala on Sunday said the region will also serve as the laboratory for the DA’s quick turnaround planting […]

UN Green Climate Fund HQ opens in Inchon City on Dec. 4

LEGAZPI CITY — The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) headquarters will formally open on Wednesday, December 4 with an inaugural dedication at 10:30 A.M. The center is located at the G-Tower of Songdo in Incheon City, South Korea. The G-Tower building is specially designed for the GCF and other […]

Geohazard maps of Yolanda-hit towns up for distribution

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 10 — The environment and natural resources department said that 131 out of the 171 municipalities, covering nine Yolanda-hit provinces, now have geohazard maps at a scale of 1:10,000. After super typhoon Yolanda ravaged the Visayas regions one year ago, larger-scale and more detailed geohazard maps of […]

World Bank to finance Legazpi dump sites with P12-M grant

LEGAZPI CITY — The city government of Legazpi will soon receive a P12M grant from the World Bank to finance the closure and rehabilitation of an old dump site and the operation of an adjacent landfill in Banquerohan, here. Mayor Noel Rosal said on Monday a WB supervision team and […]

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UN Green Climate Fund HQ opens in Inchon City on Dec. 4

LEGAZPI CITY — The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) headquarters will formally open on Wednesday, December 4 with an inaugural dedication at 10:30 A.M. The center is located at the G-Tower of Songdo in Incheon City, South Korea. The G-Tower building is specially designed for the GCF and other […]

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Green Climate Fund headhunts for management experts

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 4 — The Green Climate Fund will be operational this January with the assumption of duties by the start-up secretariat within a few days. The Fund has headquarters in Incheon, South Korea. On Saturday, GCF co-chair and Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said the first batch of […]

World Bank to finance Legazpi dump sites with P12-M grant

LEGAZPI CITY — The city government of Legazpi will soon receive a P12M grant from the World Bank to finance the closure and rehabilitation of an old dump site and the operation of an adjacent landfill in Banquerohan, here. Mayor Noel Rosal said on Monday a WB supervision team and […]

DA: Bicol pilot area for climate change resistant crops

The Department of Agriculture selected Bicol Region as the pilot area for climate change resistant or adapting crops in line with the climate change resiliency program of the government. Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala on Sunday said the region will also serve as the laboratory for the DA’s quick turnaround planting […]

CamSur spearheads climate change advocacy campaign

PILI, Camarines Sur — The province of Camarines Sur kicks-off the regional climate change advocacy campaign in Bicol on August 26th at the convention center within the capitol complex. Gov. Miguel Villafuerte will keynote the event while Pili municipal mayor Alexis San Luis and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture […]

Geohazard maps of Yolanda-hit towns up for distribution

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 10 — The environment and natural resources department said that 131 out of the 171 municipalities, covering nine Yolanda-hit provinces, now have geohazard maps at a scale of 1:10,000. After super typhoon Yolanda ravaged the Visayas regions one year ago, larger-scale and more detailed geohazard maps of […]