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NGOs say ADB climate financing targets not ambitious enough

by Angelica Y. Yang | October 17, 2021 | Published by BusinessWorld | READ THE STORY HERE A network of civil society groups said the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) updated climate financing target of $100 billion is “un-ambitious,” adding that the eligibility requirements for projects to be funded are [...]

NGO says RE plants prone to fewer outages than coal-fired facilities

by Angelica Y. Yang | October 14, 2021 | Published by BusinessWorld | READ THE STORY HERE Non-government organization (NGO) Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said Thursday that renewable energy (RE) facilities are more reliable than coal-run plants, citing data on outages from the wholesale electricity spot market. [...]

Implement Clean Air Act, raise air quality standards vs. pandemic – experts

MANILA, 14 October 2021 -- Experts today called on the government to implement the Clean Air Act with a “higher sense of urgency” in keeping with the latest air quality guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). Air quality advocates said the standards need to be raised drastically [...]

China’s move vs coal seen to expedite PHL energy transition

by Angelica Yang | October 6, 2021 | Published by BusinessWorld | READ THE STORY HERE CHINA’S MOVE to stop building new coal plants abroad will likely speed up the Philippines’ energy transition away from coal and other inflexible baseload power generation projects, according to nongovernment organization Institute for [...]

IMF urged to create new trust to bolster work on climate resilience

by Andrea Shalal, editing by Aurora Ellis | October 4, 2021 | Published by Reuters | READ THE STORY HERE WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should create a new instrument that lets richer countries channel their newly created IMF reserves to help a broader set [...]

‘The future is frightening’

October 3, 2021 | Published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer | READ THE STORY HERE Last Sept. 24, hundreds of protesters across the country joined a global climate strike demanding urgent action from governments to address climate change. Among them were fisherfolk and young environment advocates who marched to the [...]

ICSC recognized as an awardee of the Shine COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Out of more than 264 submissions, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is one of the twelve (12) recipients of The Shine Campaign's COVID-19 Recovery Fund from Asia and Africa. ICSC was recognized for its work with Sulong Sulu-an, a community all-women self-help group leading renewable energy [...]

China’s pledge to stop building coal power plants abroad opens door for its renewable energy firms

by Xiaojun Wang | September 30, 2021 | Published by South China Morning Post | READ THE STORY HERE At the 76th UN General Assembly, President Xi Jinping announced that “China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low-carbon energy and will not build [...]

Long-term plans needed to protect Metro Manila’s most vulnerable from rising seas

Text by Jhesset Enano, photos by AC Dimatatac | September 27, 2021 | Published by Inquirer.net | READ THE STORY HERE (Last of two parts) Ariel Cortes has lived most of his life surrounded by water. As a young boy in the 1970s, he worked as a fishpond caretaker [...]

Urban poor struggle to adapt as rising seas threaten to remap Metro Manila

Text by Jhesset Enano, photos by AC Dimatatac | September 26, 2021 | Published by Inquirer.net | READ STORY HERE (First of two parts) Odd-sized wooden stilts strain to keep Jocel Madrano’s house just over a meter above the gray polluted waters of Manila Bay. The shack, a patchwork [...]

Legarda: Ensure implementation of Clean Air Act, new WHO air pollution standards

September 23, 2021 | Published by Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda | READ THE STORY HERE MANILA, 23 September 2021 — Three-term Senator and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda welcomed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) release yesterday of new outdoor air pollutions standards and called for a stronger implementation of the [...]

ICSC lauds stronger calls, bolder moves for climate action at UNGA 2021

MANILA, 22 September 2021 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States President Joseph Biden pledged climate and energy commitments today at the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), answering calls for urgent climate action from President Rodrigo Duterte and other world leaders. Xi vowed that China will halt new [...]

A preview of the WORTH Initiative Project in Guiuan, Eastern Samar

by Danica Marie Supnet Editor’s Note: Danica Marie Supnet is ICSC’s lead analyst for climate governance and a fellow of the Asian consortium Women and Earth Initiative (WORTH) of the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW). This is the last blog out of three which culminates the [...]

Mobility Awards nominations for bike-friendly venues on

by Josef Ramos | September 7, 2021 | Published by BusinessMirror | READ THE STORY HERE The Mobility Awards intensified its bike advocacy by recognizing the best work places, business venues and bike-friendly cities in the countryside. The organization has started accepting nominations and set a November 5 deadline. Nominations [...]

Mobility Awards Goes Nationwide

September 7, 2021 | Published by the Mobility Awards | READ THE STORY HERE Search for the most bike-friendly cities in the Philippines launched Manila, 07 September 2021 — In time for the second global observance of the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, the National Round of the Mobility [...]

Who is profiting from the power outages?

by Alberto Dalusung III and Jephraim Manansala | September 4, 2021 | Published by BusinessMirror | READ THE STORY HERE Power outages are back with a vengeance. Those of us in Luzon remember the rotating brownouts from May 31 to June 1. More recently, there was a blackout that [...]

Fair Elections, Climate Are a Single Fight for Former Maldives President

by Eric Roston | September 3, 2021 | Published by Bloomberg Green | READ THE STORY HERE After surviving an assassination attempt in May, Mohamed Nasheed speaks out for democracy and debt restructuring. Mohamed Nasheed, speaker of the Maldives parliament and a former president of the island nation, was [...]

Ever wonder just how popular cycling has become?

by Hans Bosshard | August 28, 2021 | Published by Visor | READ THE STORY HERE Metro Manila Counts monitored the bicycle users in 4 cities It’s no surprise at this point that cycling has taken our cities by storm, but how many people have actually been cycling? Well, we don’t actually [...]

Pandemic shows why Metro Manila needs more, better bike lanes

by Mariejo Ramos | August 28, 2021 | Published by Inquirer.net | READ THE STORY HERE With around half a million people now biking to work in Metro Manila due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government should put up better road infrastructure that moves people and not cars, according [...]