Philippines Seeks to Reverse Duterte’s Foreign Policy Botch

Philippines Seeks to Reverse Duterte’s Foreign Policy BotchPhilippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is attempting to undo an international gaffe by President Rodrigo Duterte, moving to establish a research facility on Benham Rise, a 13 million-hectare underwater plateau 250 km. east of the island of Luzon. The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf declared the area part of Philippine…

Philippines Needs Commitment for Renewable Energy

Philippines Needs Commitment for Renewable EnergyThe Philippines took a major step towards a climate-resilient future after it ratified the Paris agreement last March. The country must fulfill its commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent relative to projected business-as-usual levels by 2030, as stated in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Achieving this target would contribute to accomplishing…

Economic Outlook 2017: Philippines

Economic Outlook 2017: PhilippinesA weakening currency was not enough to stop the Philippines posting gross domestic product growth of 7.1%, one of the fastest in the world. The peso fell 5%, hitting a seven-year low in September 2016. However, this has been widely seen as a strength, boosting revenue from overseas workers’ remittances and making the country’s outsourcing…

Asia in 2016: Philippines

Asia in 2016: PhilippinesThe Philippines has endured a turbulent year under Rodrigo Duterte, who assumed the country’s presidency from June 30. His agenda, which has included extra-judicial killings as part of a war on drugs and sidelining the United States as an ally, has put the Philippines back in the headlines. The controversial campaign against drugs, in which…

UN Marrakech Climate Talks End with Little Action

UN Marrakech Climate Talks End with Little ActionHampered by the cloud of President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to lead the United States out of the landmark Paris pact on climate change, the &United Nations-sponsored 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) concluded in Marakech, Morocco at 2:00 am on Nov. 19, hours delayed from the time it was originally meant to end, with a fight…

Working Around US Pledge to Leave Climate Pact

Working Around US Pledge to Leave Climate PactGlobal carbon emissions can still go down even if the US plans to cancel its Paris Agreement goals and go the dirty energy route under the administration of President Donald Trump, said Washington’s top negotiator on Nov. 14 at climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco.  “Of course they are going to move forward,” Jonathan Pershing, a…

Marrakech Climate Talks Thrown into Confusion by US Election

Marrakech Climate Talks Thrown into Confusion by US ElectionNews broke that Donald Trump had won the US presidential election on the third day of United Nations-sponsored annual talks on climate change in Marrakesh, Morocco. Given Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric calling global warming a Chinese plot, understandably the news came as a shock. Hundreds of delegates are attending the 22nd session of the Conference of…

Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?

Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?There is growing concern over whether developed countries will meet their pledges to finance the historic pact agreed in Paris in 2015 on climate change, with no concrete plans on how to do so, according to critics at current United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco. Instead, a women’s protest group said on Nov. 7…

Southeast Asia Grapples with Renewable Energy

Southeast Asia Grapples with Renewable EnergyWith the Paris Agreement on climate change entering into force on Nov. 4, the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations far behind on the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy to power their development. Southeast Asian nations have collectively outpaced the rest of the world in GDP growth since the 1970s,…

Unilever Concert Deaths Test Philippine President Duterte’s Drug War

Unilever Concert Deaths Test Philippine President Duterte’s Drug WarWithin hours of taking his oath as the 16th president of the Philippines on June 30, Rodrigo Duterte stood in front of a group of Manila’s slum dwellers and thundered profanity-laden vows to kill all drug traffickers. It’s nothing the tough-talking former Davao mayor hasn’t said before, and Ariel Radovan is hoping that the president’s…
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