Twenty countries join global alliance to phase out coal by 2030

admin   •   November 17, 2017   •   5000

 

Since signing the Paris agreement in 2015, which aims to wean the world off fossil fuels, several countries have made national plans to phase out coal from their power supply mix before 2030, environment ministers said on Thursday.

The Powering Past Coal Alliance brings together many of these countries and others that will commit to phasing out coal, sharing technology to reduce emissions, such as carbon capture and storage, and encouraging the rest of the world to cut usage.

Coal is responsible for more than 40 percent of global emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

“Coal is literally choking out cities and our people. Around the world, we see close to a million deaths a year from air pollution created by burning coal. Not only is there a human cost, there is also a huge economic cost totaling billions of dollars a year,” Catherine Mckenna, Canadian environmental minister.

The alliance includes Angola, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Portugal, and Switzerland.

“Actually, I tried to ban in my country by a new law two new authorization to try to find fossil energy, and specifically coal, and we will ban production of electricity by 2022. The production of coal, so of course, we are close to you and congratulations for this coalition,” said French environment minister Nicolas Hulot.

The US States of Washington and Oregon, as well as five Canadian provinces, have also signed up.

The alliance, which is not legally binding, aims to have at least 50 members by the next U.N. Climate Summit in 2018 to be held in Poland’s Katowice, one of Europe’s most polluted cities.

But some of the world’s biggest coal users, such as China, India, the United States, Germany and Russia, have not joined. — Reuters

Philippines bans entry of passengers from Austria

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Passengers coming from or have been to Austria 14 days prior to arrival in the country shall be prohibited from entering the Philippines.

This brings the total number of restricted countries to 28.

“The restriction for those coming from Austria will start at 12:01 midnight of January 10, and will be in effect until January 15,” said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced.

Earlier, the government imposed a travel ban on travelers from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong SAR, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, and the United States.

The latest additions are Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, and Brazil.

However, Morente clarified that Filipinos coming from said countries will be allowed entry, but will be referred to the airport’s one stop shop to “undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period, notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR result.”

Those who will be merely transiting in the said 28 countries will not be required to undergo the 14 day quarantine, but will still have to undergo regular protocols for arriving passengers.

“They will be considered transiting if they merely stayed in the airport, were just there for a layover, and were not cleared for entry by immigration authorities in the said countries,” said Morente.

The expanded travel restrictions have been directed by Malacanang following the reported new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant from South Africa.

Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, shipment to arrive soon

Marje Pelayo   •   December 10, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pleased to announce on Thursday (December 9) that the country’s Ministry of Health already approved the purchase and use of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.

In a series of tweets, the Canadian Prime Minister said they are expecting 30,000 doses of the vaccine on Monday (December 14) to arrive at 14 points of shipment across Canada.

Before the end of the year, Canada is set to receive up to 249,000 doses more.

Health Minister Patty Hadju commended the efforts of Canadian health experts in making the procurement of the vaccines possible.

Despite the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Trudeau reminded Canadians not to let their guards down and observe public health guidelines to curb transmissions.

He encouraged Canadians to stay updated by downloading the government’s #COVID-19Alert app for latest news.

Several areas in Denmark under lockdown over mink coronavirus mutation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2020

Several areas in north Jutland in Denmark were placed under lockdown after a coronavirus mutation was discovered in minks.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen warned that the mutation could threaten the development of a potential vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Danish government ordered the of culling 17 million minks due to the virus.

Frederiksen announced that public transport will also be suspended from entering or leaving north Jutland until December 3. Schools, and other establishments such as bars, museums, restaurants will also be temporarily shut down.

Residents in the area are advised to work from home and public gatherings will be limited.

Denmark is known to be one of the largest producers of mink fur with China and Hong Kong as its primary export markets.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in mink farms in the Netherlands and Spain were also reported. AAC

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