Opinion: Rich Countries Must Pay for Climate Devastation

Opinion: Rich Countries Must Pay for Climate DevastationThe mass graves in Tacloban, on the Philippine island of Leyte, are lined with white crosses. Survivors who chose to remember their loved ones, even with uncertainty whether their bodies were truly found, have written names on the crosses – one cross for each family member who perished in the storm. They place photos on…

Strong Climate Pact Crucial for Asia

Strong Climate Pact Crucial for AsiaUnited Nations-sponsored talks on climate change, set for Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, are crucial for the survival of millions of people in Asia.  Countries that are part of the 21st Conference of Parties – COP21 as the talks are known – are expected to come up with a legally binding climate agreement that is…

Bonn Climate Protesters Take After Japan

Bonn Climate Protesters Take After JapanThe fourth day of negotiations on climate talks in Bonn, Germany, have got underway with protesters chanting "Sekitan, Yamato, stop coal finance," criticizing Japan as the world's largest provider of coal finance. The Bonn talks are the prelude to negotiate the final details of an agreement before the major United Nations-sponsored climate conference in Paris…

Bonn Climate Negotiators Lock out NGOs

Bonn Climate Negotiators Lock out NGOsProtests have broken out in Bonn, Germany on the third day of negotiations over a wide-ranging global climate pact to be acted on in December, with developing countries and environmentalists complaining that they had been locked out of the process. The entire process has been thrown into doubt in addition to the protests, especially with…

Climate Talks Begin in Bonn as Typhoon hits Philippines

Climate Talks Begin in Bonn as Typhoon hits PhilippinesAlmost at the same time international climate negotiations began in Bonn, Germany, this week, the Philippines was in the middle of being battered by yet another typhoon, this one named Lando (international name Koppu).  The stance by developed nations is worrisome, with few, including the United States, willing to commit to hard-and-fast rules to bring…

Crunch Time for Climate Change Set for Paris

Crunch Time for Climate Change Set for ParisTwo months from now, world leaders will gather in Paris for a crucial United Nations conference on climate change, with much at stake after the failure in 2009 of a climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark so spectacular that the parley became known as Brokenhagen.  There is rising hope that this time around there will be…

Filipinos Trapped in Their Own Country

Filipinos Trapped in Their Own CountryA Filipina grandmother who is currently living in Thailand recently told a friend she hasn’t visited her home country in years, and that in fact she is afraid to because despite fact that she has a valid passport, she might not be allowed back out by arbitrary decisions of  officials of the Immigration department. That…

“Loss and Damage:” Climate Change’s Latest Byword

“Loss and Damage:” Climate Change’s Latest BywordWhether the world’s vulnerable countries should be compensated for loss and damage from extreme events by rich ones mostly responsible for greenhouse gas-caused climate change has taken center stage as an issue at a climate conference in Bonn, Germany, with protesters calling for the concept to become a central part of a climate change agreement…

Philippine Energy Company Harasses Opponents, Pollutes

Philippine Energy Company Harasses Opponents, PollutesThe wind in Lamao carries with it a certain smell of sulfur and an amount of ash that later covers the road. It is like New Year’s Eve, except that there are no fireworks and certainly nothing to celebrate. This is everyday life for the barangay [community] of 18,000 in Bataan, in the northern part…

Philippine Energy: Coal Remains King

Philippine Energy: Coal Remains KingIn United Nations hearings into climate change, the Philippines, wracked by increasingly violent weather events, has become the poster child for environmentalists concerned that both violent storms and rising waters pose an existential threat to the country’s 7,100 islands. Since the super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda smashed into the islands of Leyte and Samar, killing at least…
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