By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
The environment group Greenpeace and coconut farmer groups have criticized the government’s use of the toxic pesticide neonicotinoids to combat the coconut scale insect (CSI) or “cocolisap” infestation that is threatening to wipe out the country’s coconut industry.
India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report.
By Mar S. Arguelles
Storms carrying winds of at least 300 kph, like Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” are likely to be “the norm for the Philippines” as a result of climate change, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said, echoing findings made by a panel of climate experts submitted to the United Nations.
By DJ Yap
The “grim climate forecast for Southeast Asia” by a recent United Nations report on climate change must prod the government to improve adaptation and mitigation efforts in the face of calamities like Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), according to at least three civil society groups.
By DJ Yap
Greenpeace proposed on Friday that the government take the rehabilitation and reconstruction of areas devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) as an opportunity to build climate-resilient communities powered by renewable energy.