Sky bike lanes to reduce private cars on the road by 24 to 33%

Majority of Metro Manila residents favor sky bike lanes [Note: This is a repost of my article, which was also published in Linkedin. This article is based on (with many portions directly lifted from) my thesis (special problem) for the Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management program of the UP Open University.] Metro Manila is…

Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management: 16 Jul – 5 Nov 2016

This is somewhat a repost of previous blogs but I am glad to share with you the news that UP Open University is offering the non-formal online course, Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (RCRANRM) again! Developed in partnership with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture…

The National Greening Program and climate action

(Note: This is a copy of a paper that I had submitted in ENRM 236: Governance of Upland Ecosystems, in November 2014. I am currently enrolled in the course, Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management in UPOU.) I. Introduction The horrors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) may probably linger in our minds for as…

Solar energy for Filipino households: Is it viable?*

[For a more detailed discussion of this topic, please download the full paper. The link is embedded in this post.] The Philippines, being an archipelagic nation, is considered as among the most threatened countries in the world when it comes to climate change. In fact, according to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an…

The Little Prince and Climate Change*

  Introduction “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”                   –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince This familiar line from the well-loved tale, The Little Prince, is a source of inspiration for the exploration of the statement,…

Philippine Agenda 21: Setbacks and hopes for the future*

Given the current state of the environment, the Philippines (along with many countries all over the world) did not fare well in terms of achieving or accomplishing the goals and objectives lined up in Agenda 21. The insights of our class members as well as the authors of different assessment papers reflect the general assessment…

Environment and its state of degradation: A case of emotional and moral disconnect?*

Life is a continuing journey and my understanding of the environment continues to change and evolve over time. I grew up in Manila but spent many summer vacations in Aurora, my mother’s hometown, where the rivers are still crystal clear. Back then, I knew early on that we must be doing something awfully wrong in…

Adopt-a-Community: Embarking on Relief and Rehabilitation After Yolanda

Super Typhoon Yolanda had left us wondering what hit us. Described by many scientists as among the strongest typhoons ever recorded, it caused the loss of more than 2,000 lives and is estimated to lead to economic losses of about $12 to 14 billion. (Source of data on economic losses: Charles Watson, Kinetic Analysis Corporation,…