DAILY GREEN NEWS & VIEWS
21 December 2010 (Tuesday)
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GUIDANCE ON GREEN Christmas Celebration 2010 from Governor Salceda of Albay
We are launching the Green Christmas Initiative: Christmas without risks in line with our overarching provincial governance goal- environmental protection and climate change adaptation. To set the tone for the Christmas celebration in the entire province, the initiative must begin in the capitol before we publicly unveil the major components of Green Christmas Initiative essentially social marketing of zero casualty sa paputok, reduced use of plastic bags in shopping, low-carbon celebration).
CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIONS UPDATES
South Africa sets sights on climate targets
All eyes are now on the follow-up conference in Durban (South Africa) late next year, which could deliver a legally binding deal. South Africa will take over the conference presidency from the Mexicans at these talks, which will take place under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Molewa said that South Africa was a "strong and authoritative voice" in Cancún and had played a significant role in moving the talks forward.
Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence
Gradual and sudden environmental changes are resulting in substantial human movement and displacement, plus the scale of such flows, both internal and cross-border, is expected to rise with unprecedented impacts on lives and livelihoods. Despite the possible challenge, there has been a lack of strategic thinking about this policy area partly because of a lack of data and empirical study on this topic. Adequately planning for and managing environmentally-induced migration is going to be critical for human security.
REDD+ Progresses, LULUCF Regresses in Cancún Agreements
UN climate talks wrapped up early Saturday morning with agreement on the need to incentivize REDD+ but ambivalence on how to do that. They also established the “Green Climate Fund”, but backslid substantially on LULUCF. Here’s an initial summary of those aspects of the newly-minted “Cancún Agreements” that directly relate to saving trees.
The Equitable Sharing of Atmospheric and Development Space
In order to reach a global agreement to address the climate crisis, negotiations must be driven by both environmental and social justice imperatives. This requires a framework that ensures the equitable sharing of atmospheric and development space, says a paper by Marin Khor.
New data shows REDD+ is succeeding
Amid the whirlwind of climate change news before and after the Cancún climate conference, including a landmark agreement on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation, and related pro-forest actions), an important story seems to have passed by with little notice. Over the past two months, several new analyses have given clear evidence that deforestation has gone down over the past several years. In fact, the drop is quite impressive, and shows that of all the approaches to avoiding the worst consequences of global warming, reducing tropical deforestation is the one that has contributed by far the most to date.
Building Forest Carbon Projects That Work
The Cancún Agreements open the door for UN recognition of carbon offsets that slow climate change by rewarding people who save trees and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). For that to happen, however, more people need to understand how forest carbon works. This new living document aims to foster that expertise. Successful forest carbon projects must meet rigorous requirements for analyzing and documenting carbon benefits as well as an array of legal, business, and community relations issues – not to mention the challenging work of saving or planting trees to create carbon benefits. This complexity is a major obstacle to their being understood by the private sector, indigenous groups, civil society organizations and government agencies alike. To overcome that obstacle, three environmental non-profits have published the first edition of (Building Forest Carbon Projects: A Step-by-Step Guide.)
WAGING ALL OUT PEACE UPDATES
AFP crafts ‘Bayanihan’ to end insurgency in 2016
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has dubbed its new counter-insurgency campaign plan as “Bayanihan” which is people-centered and focused more on the whole-nation approach to finally end the decades-long communist insurgency problem in the country.
POVERTY ERADICATION UPDATES
Senator Angara cites pitfalls of cash transfer program
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Edgardo Angara cited yesterday the possible danger on the P21-billion conditional cash transfer (CCT) program the Aquino administration will implement for some 2.3 million indigent families. Interviewed over dzBB radio, Angara said the program might cause instability in the government if not sustained through the years. He said the project, dubbed the centerpiece program of President Aquino, might cause social unrest if not properly handled.
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY UPDATES
UN fails to take action on Korea tensions
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has failed to agree on a statement to address rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the United States and other council members demanded that the council condemn North Korea for two deadly attacks this year that have helped send relations to their lowest point in decades. But diplomats said China strongly objected. After eight hours of closed-door consultations Sunday, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who called the emergency council meeting, told reporters "we were not successful in bridging all the bridges."
SHIFT SHIFT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY UPDATES
Alternative Energy For Dummies
Want to utilize cleaner, greener types of energy? This plain-English guide clearly explains the popular forms of alternative energy that you can use in your home, your car, and more. Separating myth from fact, this resource explores the current fossil fuel conundrum, the benefits of alternatives, and the energy of the future, such as hydrogen and fuel cell technology.
PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
EU extends 47.8 mln USD grant to Philippine health sector
MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Filipinos lack of access to affordable and quality health service continues to be a big challenge to the government, the European Union's (EU) top envoy to the Philippines said Friday. "There are certainly notable accomplishments in the public health system but major geographic inequities and inaccess to public health services and facilities still persist and indeed in some cases it continue to worsen overtime,"EU Ambassador Alistair MacDonald said at the signing of the Philippines-EU health support program at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
GLOBAL GREENS UPDATES
The Green European Foundation (GEF) organized on the 10th December, with support of the Italian coalition of NGOs Sbilanciamoci!, a conference aimed at mainstreaming Green issues and concerns into government policies.