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US Withdraws From UNESCO – State Department

By Sputnik News THE United States has announced that it will withdraw from United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization at the end of 2018, citing a need for reform and an anti-Israel bias in the organization, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement on Thursday. “On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova […]

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Pacific islanders will continue to oppose US military live fire exercises

ENVIRONMENTALISTS and civil society movements from Saipan and Guam said they will continue to oppose the United States’ military live-firing range in Guam and Tinian due to its destructive effect on the environment and the threat it poses on endangered species. This was learned from the Zero Coalition, including members of Tinian Women’s Association; Pagan Watch, Guardian of Gani and […]

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to manage waste disposal to improve flood control

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to manage waste disposal to improve flood control

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority set to co-implement the Metro Manila Flood Management Project with the Department of Public Works and Highways and other government agencies after the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the World Bank late last month approved the PhP23 billion loan for the project.     Under the project, which is expected to improve flood management in […]

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PH evironmentalists calls on Manila court to implement order to return hazardous trash to Canada

A MANILA court order to return the illegally imported Canadian trash to its point of origin remains to be complied with, over a year after the decree was issued. “Over 14 months have already gone by and the court order remains unheeded,” laments Aileen Lucero, national coordinator of the Philippine based environment and public health watchdog EcoWaste Coalition, which is […]

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Stop killing the environment, implement environmental laws – EcoWaste Coalition

AMID the mounting calls to end drug-related killings in the Philippines by an enraged public, an environment and public health watchdog has demanded from government an end to the killing of the country’s seas and waterways, and the environment by genuinely enforcing environmental laws. The EcoWaste Coalition issued the demand as it observes the National Cleanup Month. Aside from the […]

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Pope Francis calls on the faithful to protect creation

ROMAN Catholic faithfuls and the public are expected on Friday to converge at the Burnham Green of Rizal Park to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The four hour event, which starts at 4 am., was instituted by Pope Francis. It will be highlighted with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 4:30 am. led […]

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Houston’s lack of zoning left it vulnerable to catastrophic floods

By By Nicholas Deshais, The Spokesman Review SUBMERGED semi-trucks and highway on-ramps descending into deep water. Roof lines of homes flush with an unwelcome, churning brown river. The images from the nation’s fourth-largest city are shocking and, like the floodwaters, won’t abate anytime soon. Catastrophic rains continue to pummel Houston as its 6.6 million residents scramble for safety from a storm […]

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Slow-Moving Hurricane Harvey Causes Massive Destruction in Texas

Slow-Moving Hurricane Harvey Causes Massive Destruction in Texas

By Sputnik News SLOW-moving Hurricane Harvey – the strongest storm to hit the US in over ten years – is knocking down structures and flooding rivers in the region, and much more rain is expected over the next three to five days. A powerful and slow-moving Category 4 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico that came ashore in southwest Texas on Friday night — lashing […]

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Environment and Health advocates urged the PH Senate to ratify the global agreement against mercury pollution

PHILIPPINE based environmentalists, civil society groups and labor organizations on Monday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to nudge the Senate from its “slumber” and to immediately ratify the Minamata Convention, a landmark agreement on mercury disposal. In an urgent letter, over 100 environment, health and labor rights advocates noted that despite the Philippines active participation during the three-year negotiations (2010-2013) that […]

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Toys and games safety labeling should be implemented ASAP – environmentalist and consumer advocates

PHILIPPINE based environment and consumer advocates demanded the much delayed implementation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10620 (the Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013). In an appeal to the Department of Trade and Industry, the EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog; and Laban Konsyumer, a consumer advocacy group, reiterated their demand to […]

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QC residents should oppose waste incinerator for being anti-environment says PH based EcoWaste Coalition

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, called on all Quezon City residents to vigorously oppose the planned construction of a waste incinerator plant in Payatas as its by products could permanently destroy the human and animal habitat. The Coalition made the call to resistance as it noted that the city government is trying to make […]

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PH aviation authorities aim for environment friendly skies

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is looking for ways to use alternative energy and reduce carbon emissions of the aviation sector in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization, and to make Philippine skies “environment friendly.” “This could be achieved through maximizing traffic flow of airborne aircraft arriving at a congested airport, implementation of the User-Preferred Routes over […]

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Kick the Plastic Habit – PH environmentalists urged

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition appealed to all Filipino consumers to kick “the plastic bag habit” in a bid reduce pollution in land and sea. The coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, said everyone, from consumers, commercial establishments owners, school administrators, local governments executives and legislators nationwide; should take action against the “omnipresent plastic bags.” “Plastic waste prevention and […]

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PH environmentalists urge school administrators to strengthen waste management efforts

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition urged all members of the academe to strengthen efforts that promote ecological solid waste management as school year 2017-2018 begins. In a statement, the environment and public health watchdog, urged all school administrators, members of the faculty, non academic personnel, parents and students to work hand in hand to improve ecological solid waste management (ESWM) […]

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PH environmentalist warns MMDA from violating environmental laws

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, warned the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority it could be liable for violating the law on open burning should it pushes through with its plan to burn goods seized from illegal vendors in the metropolis. Aileen Lucero. EcoWaste national coordinator, reminded MMDA chairman Danilo Lim that even as the coalition […]

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PH Pasig River ranks 8th in the world as the worst source of plastic pollution in oceans

THE Philippines’ Pasig River ranks 8th as the worst source of plastic pollution in the oceans of the world, especially during monsoon season. This was the conclusion of a study by Dutch and American researchers that was published by the research journal Nature Communications. According to the said research, Pasig River annually dumps an average of 63,700 tons of plastic […]

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PH Social Welfare Department bans lead laden paints on facilities for the disadvantaged

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development early this week bans lead laden paints in all facilities catering to disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors in a bid to protect the public, especially the children, from lead induced poisoning. The DSWD’s ban on lead laden paints came after a request from the Philippine based Eco-Waste Coalition early this month. The coalition’s request […]

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Seeds in Norway’s ‘Doomsday Vault’ Rescued From Effects of Global Warming

By Sputnik News THE world’s global seed bank, a hedge against ecological catastrophe, has been declared safe after floodwaters caused by warming temperatures gushed into the main entrance and threatened to destroy the contents of the facility. About 800 miles from the North Pole, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (often referred to as the “Doomsday Vault”), sits some 400 feet above sea level — […]

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The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters.
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Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

By The Guardian, Damian Carrington Environment editor NO SEED were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change. It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried […]

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Tons of Garbage and Silt collected from PH capital metropolis

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has collected over 750 truckloads of trash and silt from the clogged waterways of Metro Manila in the past two months as the agency it braces itself for the coming rainy season which usually brings severe flooding in the metropolis. Data from the MMDA’s Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office showed that a total of […]