40 tons of plastic removed from the Pacific Ocean

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 2, 2019   •   1788

Sausalito, CA—A non-profit organization has removed around 40 tons of plastic, including fishing nets, from the Pacific Ocean.

The Ocean Voyages Institute has completed a 25-day clean up which is one of the largest ocean clean-up mission in the world. The clean-up has covered the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone, or more commonly known as the Pacific Gyre.

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Several experts said the Northern Pacific Gyre is part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch where huge amounts of waste are collected.

The organization’s prime target is recovering fishing gears since it poses more threat to marine life.

“Often weighing tons, these massive nets of nylon or polypropylene drift for decades, amassing plastic debris, ensnaring wildlife, and even entangling ships,” according to their statement.

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Mary Crowley, founder and executive director of OV Institute said urgent action is needed to curtail the manufacture of throwaway plastics and prevent plastic trash from entering the oceans.

“It is very disturbing to be sailing through what was only decades ago a pristine ocean wilderness and find it filled with our all-too-familiar garbage,” she said.

Ocean Voyages Institute said an estimated 600,000 tons of this abandoned gear ends up in the oceans every year.

The United Nations reported some 380,000 marine mammals are killed every year by either ingesting or being caught in it.—AAC

UN releases $12-M humanitarian assistance for typhoon-stricken Phl

Maris Federez   •   December 24, 2021

The United Nations (UN) through the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) pledged US$12 million (approximately Php600 million) as additional assistance to the Philippines severely ravaged by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai).

UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths on Thursday announced the allocation of the rapid response initiative that will be taken from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF).

“I am releasing USD12 million from UNCERF (Central Emergency Response Fund) to help deliver urgent humanitarian assistance to support the Government-led response to Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) in the Philippines,” Griffiths said.

The assistance will reach out to individuals in the hardest-hit areas in the Caraga region and Region VIII, providing them food, water, and other basic needs such as sanitation hygiene kits, as well as shelter, logistics, and communication.

In a briefing before the body, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator to the Philippines, Gustavo Gonzalez, on Thursday underscored how typhoon Odette has been devastating, emphasizing the “serious impact of the typhoon on infrastructure, on houses, and on livelihood” in the region.

“I saw roads covered by debris, houses without roofs, and people on the border of Butuan and Surigao begging for water and food,” he said.

“This super typhoon evoked memories of [Typhoon] Haiyan (Yolanda),” added Gonzalez. “While the Government was more prepared for a typhoon of this magnitude this time around, the needs remain overwhelming.”

He also highlighted the fact that the devastation came amid the country’s fights against the coronavirus pandemic.

“The response set out in the plan will also prioritize COVID-19 protective measures,” said Gonzalez. “This is a crisis within a crisis. It happened at the end of the year when the Government has been able to keep down COVID-19 infections and inoculated a significant number of the population. We will work with the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure that these hard-won gains are not lost.”

In a Twitter post, OCHA Philippines said the United Nations and humanitarian partners are calling for $107 million to support the Philippine government in responding to the calamity.

Gonzales said the life-saving assistance will target “530,000 vulnerable people most affected by the devastation of the typhoon”.

Elon Musk offers to sell Tesla stock if UN shows how it would solve world hunger

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 3, 2021

Elon Musk has offered to sell Tesla stocks and donate the proceeds if the United Nations (UN) can show in detail how it would use the money to solve world hunger.

His statement came after  UN World Food Program director David Beasley called on billionaires, specifically Musk and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, for a “one-time” donation to help prevent millions of people across the globe from dying of starvation.

“$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated,” Beasley said.

Musk agreed on the said proposal and asked Beasley about the process on how $6 billion can help end the global hunger crisis.

“If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” Musk said.

Beasley then offered to meet with Musk to discuss things further. He said $6 billion can prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation. AAC

UN urges member states to strengthen pledges in fighting climate change

Maris Federez   •   October 27, 2021

The United Nations (UN) no longer considers climate change a “future problem” because the world is already experiencing it.

Based on a UN report, the world is facing a dangerous global temperature rise of around 2.7°Celsius should countries fail to strengthen their climate pledges.

The report said that with the current country pledges, the earth’s carbon emission will only be 7.5 percent less by 2030.

This is far from the 45 percent target that scientists are looking into to limit the increase in global temperature to only 1.5°Celsius, which will be set in the COP26 Summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, October 31.

The UN emissions report said that even if more than 100 countries have pledged to reach net-zero emission by 2050, this will not suffice to reduce the climate disaster.

The author of the report, UN Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen, said that in order to limit global warming to 1.5°Celsius, member nations still have eight years to craft plans and policies aimed at reducing green gas house emissions.

“Climate change is no longer a future problem. It is a now problem. To stand a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C, we have eight years to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions: eight years to make the plans, put in place the policies, implement them and ultimately deliver the cuts. The clock is ticking loudly,” Andersen said.

In 2020, the world recorded only a 5.4 percent reduction of carbon emission amid the implementation of lockdown measures brought about by efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Lena Ramos )

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