1 million species threatened with extinction, study says

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2019   •   1135

Courtesy : IPBES

Scientists warned on Monday (May 6) that species extinction rates are ‘accelerating’ as one million species are threatened with extinction because of humans.

This is according to the comprehensive global assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Results of the assessment show that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction including 40% amphibian species, 33% reef-forming corals, and more than 1/3 of marine animals.

“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson.

Some of the main drivers of species loss, according to IPBES, are human exploitation, pollution, and invasive alien species.

Youth climate activists to world leaders: ‘We’re here to collect’

UNTV News   •   September 24, 2019

Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg

Youth climate activists filed an official complaint on Monday (September 23) under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, calling for leaders to protect the children of the world from the peril of climate change.

“The world signed a contract between generations that the present world would leave a world worth inheriting to the future. And today, I want to tell the world you, you are defaulting on that contract and we’re here to collect,” said U.S. teen climate activist Alexandria Villasenor.

Days after millions of young people took to the streets worldwide to demand emergency action on climate change, leaders gathered at the United Nations on Monday to try to inject fresh momentum into stalling efforts to curb carbon emissions.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned governments that they would have to offer action plans to qualify to speak at the summit, which is aimed at boosting the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat global warming.

“I just hope something good will come out of it. I hope it will have a good outcome. But we also have to prepare ourselves for the worst and continue even though if it has a bad outcome,” Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg said.

With climate impacts such as extreme weather, thawing permafrost and sea-level rise unfolding much faster than expected, scientists say the urgency of the crisis has intensified since the Paris accord was agreed.

Over the past year, Guterres has called for no new coal plants to be built after 2020, urged a phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and asked countries to map out how to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (REUTERS)

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‘My generation has failed in its responsibility to protect our planet. That must change.’ – UN chief

UNTV News   •   September 24, 2019

Days after millions of young people took to the streets worldwide to demand emergency action on climate change, leaders gathered at the United Nations on Monday (September 23) to try to inject fresh momentum into stalling efforts to curb carbon emissions.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned governments that they would have to offer action plans to qualify to speak at the summit, which is aimed at boosting the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat global warming.

“Someone asked me the other day, ‘Doesn’t all of this make you despair?’ My answer was a clear and resounding, ‘No.’ I am hopeful and I am hopeful because of you. This is not a climate talk summit. We have had enough talk. Young people, above all, are here providing solutions, insisting on accountability and demanding urgent action. They are right. My generation has failed in its responsibility to protect our planet. That must change,” Guterres said at a climate action summit on Monday.

With climate impacts such as extreme weather, thawing permafrost and sea-level rise unfolding much faster than expected, scientists say the urgency of the crisis has intensified since the Paris accord was agreed.

Over the past year, Guterres has called for no new coal plants to be built after 2020, urged a phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and asked countries to map out how to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (REUTERS)

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Palace assures no economic impact on loan, deal suspension

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

Malacañang assured that the loan and deal suspension ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte will have no impact on the country’s economy.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said out of the 18 countries involved in the said suspension, only the United Kingdom has an offer of 21 million euro loan for the president’s Build, Build, Build program.

Panelo also assured there will be other countries and trade institutions that can replace the involved countries.

“It will not dramatically, even slightly I think, impact our economy,” he said. “There are other bilateral partners and institutions, and other countries outside of the 18 offering the same, and no better rates than these countries.”

The chief executive has signed a confidential memorandum suspending loan and negotiations with the 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution.

Iceland called for an investigation into the Duterte Administration’s anti-drug campaign.

Panelo also said this policy will last until the end of Duterte’s term.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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