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Disaster risk reduction is everybody’s business

Rescuers ferry stranded residents from their houses due to floods caused by Typhoon Ondoy along Ortigas in Cainta Rizal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

There is a long history of cooperation and selflessness in the face of crisis and disasters. “Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), Tropical Storm “Ondoy” (Ketsana), Tropical Depression “Pepeng” (Tarma), Typhoon “Pablo” (Bopha), just to name a few, brought massive destruction and death, and yet these times of crisis also brought out the best in people in the many ways they tried to ease the suffering.

Posted: November 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Why paralysis, systems collapse, chaos happened

PLAYTIME Children in Basey, Samar province, find joy in each other’s company as they play on
a swing. Basey was one of the areas heavily damaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) last year unleashed the full destructive force of a climatic event: Preexisting risks, particularly in coastal communities, were amplified and exacerbated, consistent with the predicted effects of human-induced climate change.

Posted: November 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Scientists: US-China pact won’t slow warming much

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, gestures to U.S. President Barack Obama as they arrive at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

WASHINGTON — Don’t expect the landmark U.S.-China climate change agreement to nudge the world’s rising thermostat downward much on its own, scientists say. While they hail it as a start, experts who study heat-trapping carbon dioxide don’t see the deal, announced Wednesday in Beijing, making significant progress without other countries joining in. The math shows that even […]

Posted: November 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Catapang warns against climate change and ‘new, fiercest enemies’ it brings

A young girl walks amid ruins of houses in a neighborhood badly affected by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in Guiuan, Samar, on Nov. 15, 2013. More than 5,000 families of fishermen, livestock and cattle raisers and farmers are in need of immediate livelihood assistance in Guiuan, according to the latest report from the Office of Civil Defense of Eastern Visayas.  AP PHOTO/DITA ALANGKARA

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gregorio Catapang Jr. on Wednesday called on citizens to be “united” in facing “climate change” as the natural disasters it brings “are our new and fiercest enemies”.

Posted: November 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

US and China announce ‘historic’ climate accord

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping review the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. When Xi Jinping took the reins of a booming China two years ago, President Barack Obama saw an opportunity to remake America's relationship with the Asian power. But even after Obama's unusually robust efforts to forge personal ties with Xi, the two leaders are meeting in Beijing amid significant tensions, both old and new. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The United States and China on Wednesday announced an action plan on greenhouse emissions as part of a “historic” pact that was acclaimed by climate scientists but denounced by US Republicans as a job-killer.

Posted: November 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »