The mission of the PH delegation to the UN Climate Change ConferenceWe have entered the second and final week of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), considered to be “the most important climate meeting since 2015 Paris climate change summit as countries aim to finalize the rulebook to implement the Paris Agreement.” Sec. Emmanuel De Guzman, vice chair and executive director of the Philippine Climate Change Commission, and, at the same time, head of the Philippine Delegation, outlined the importance of the climate conference, the role of the Philippine delegation and what the COP 24 needs to achieve. What are the goals of the Philippine delegation for COP 24? De Guzman: “Climate change is the most daunting development challenge our world faces today — having the most far-reaching impact and requiring a most urgent action from all. Within this context, we are here to … [Read more...] about The mission of the PH delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference
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“The issues that we are talking about aren’t exactly seen as ‘hot shit’ by the German public.” Those were the blunt words of Green party leader Katrin Göring-Eckard in the spring of 2017 after they failed to win the 5 percent of votes necessary to stay in the state parliament in Saarland. That humiliation was followed by months of polls which suggested the German public were contemplating throwing the environmentalists out of the Bundestag too. Given the circumstances, a result of 8.9 percent in the national election almost seemed like a success. A year later and the Green party’s ambitions have radically changed. In the state election in Bavaria earlier this month the Greens became the second biggest party, more than doubling their vote share to 17.5 percent. On Sunday they are projected to win around 20 percent of the vote in Hesse, potentially giving them the power to form a government in the wealthy central state. Meanwhile if a national … [Read more...] about Why is the Green party suddenly flying high in Germany?
Yondella Hall has lived in Portland, Oregon, all her life. “I love the rain,” she says. She grew up in north Portland, where, due to the city’s history of segregation, residents of color mainly clustered. Now with two young children, she lives in Cully, another diverse neighborhood slightly to the east. As much as she loves the city’s wet weather, it became a problem for her a few years ago when her house, which was built in the 1940s, sprung a leak in the roof. Hall, who works as a family advocate for a local nonprofit, learned about how to access a home repair loan through Habitat for Humanity from a client, who also told her about another nonprofit called NAYA, that was providing weatherization services and energy efficiency upgrades to Cully residents to help them remain in place amid a flood of gentrification. Hall went from coping with a leaky roof and a house in which she could see her breath in the winter, to a more insulated home and a … [Read more...] about Portland could make big businesses pay to protect communities of color from climate change
By Ilene Bassler Published 10:29 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Storage tanks at a refinery along the waterway are shown Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Port Arthur, Texas. The oil industry wants the government to help protect some of its facilities on the Texas Gulf Coast against the effects of global warming. One proposal involves building a nearly 60-mile “spine” of flood barriers to shield refineries and chemical plants. Many Republicans argue that such projects should be a national priority. But others question whether taxpayers should have to protect refineries in a state where top politicians still dispute whether climate change is real. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) less Storage tanks at a refinery along the waterway are shown Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Port Arthur, Texas. The oil industry wants the government to help protect some of its facilities on the Texas Gulf Coast ... more Photo: David … [Read more...] about Q&A: Here’s what Houston can expect from climate change
At the foot of the University of Sheffield's Arts Tower lies an extraordinary underground lair where visitors can be transported across the globe or even back in time. Step inside, away from the bustle of campus life, and behind one door you are confronted by an Arctic blast while another opens onto the sweltering heat of the Sahara.This Narnia-esque wonderland - teeming with exotic plants, as well as those more commonly found on British soils - is at the forefront of efforts to stave off global hunger as climate change increasingly plays havoc with crop production around the world.READ MORE: Kell Brook and family besieged by angry fans at boxing matchI’m shown around these futuristic facilities by Duncan Cameron, professor of plant and soil biology, who is passionate about the work taking place here and its practical applications around the globe.Those range from helping plants withstand the withering heat of the Omani desert, where he says food prices … [Read more...] about From Arctic tundra to Saharan sands in seconds – inside Sheffield’s hidden world at the cutting edge of climate change research