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Greenpeace urges caution on emergency powers

BROWNOUTS, like this one that sent a resident of Camalig, Albay, having dinner in the dark at the height of Typhoon “Glenda,” could be the norm because of a projected electricity shortage next year but government critics said the solution does not lie in giving the President emergency powers. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

The environment pressure group Greenpeace has expressed concern over proposals to grant emergency powers to President Aquino to deal with a projected crisis in power supply in the coming months, saying such proposals were not the solution.

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Use of toxic pesticide on coconut trees assailed


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.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

India cracks down on foreign funding of NGOs and charities

In this Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 file photo, a Greenpeace activist jumps to catch a thread tied to balloons during a protest against the imprisonment of the group's activists and freelance journalists in New Delhi, India. India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting industries. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report.

Posted: June 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

300-kph storms seen to be PH ‘norm’


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.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t urged to heed UN report’s warnings on climate change


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.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »