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France And Philippines Invest In Climate Resilience To Directly Improve Livelihoods In Central Philippines 

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Last Wednesday at the UN climate negotiations in Paris, leaders from France, the Philippines and Conservation International (CI) gathered to sign a grant agreement that will bring 1.5 million Euro to build ecosystems and community resilience in the central Philippines over the next four years.

The agreement was signed at Le Bourget by Francois-Xavier Duporge, General Secretary of FFEM (Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial) and Peter Seligmann, Chairman and CEO, Conservation International and witnessed by H.E. Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, France and Secretary Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, Philippines, who affixed their signatures to the grant agreement. Kicking off in late 2015, the project will protect the Municipality of Concepcion (Iloilo) and will be managed jointly by CI-Philippines and the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines.

The project supports the development of “green/gray infrastructure,” meaning a combination of natural defenses — such as mangroves — and man-made structures — like coastal armoring and small levees. This two-pronged approach outlined for the grant is crucial: 70 percent of Filipinos depend on agriculture and the oceans, said Philippines Environmental Secretary Nereus Acosta; “The only social security they have is nature.”


Two years ago, just before the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) devastated the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing millions more. The Philippines was particularly vulnerable: Much of the country’s mangrove forests, which would have helped buffer communities from the storm surge, had been cleared to create fish ponds to provide food. Coastal areas, like Concepcion, were hit especially hard.

“To observers in Warsaw two years ago, Haiyan’s exceptional strength was a symptom of a changing climate,” said Enrique Nunez, Executive Director, CI-Philippines. “Combining the strongest elements of nature and man-made technology will bolster our nation’s ability to face the uncertainties of climate impacts in the future.”

Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation underscores the need to act now, according to Conservation International Chairman Peter Seligmann: “We’re in a moment when nations across the globe are feeling the impact of great storms, droughts, increased tides,” he said. “This is a moment when vulnerable nations need the help now. It’s not a matter of the future, it’s immediate.”

Conservation International believes that nature is at least 30% of the solution to climate change. By employing a mix of natural defenses such as mangroves and man-made structures like coastal armoring and small levees, the Philippines will both protect both nature and itself in a changing climate.


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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.


1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.


3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.


Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.


We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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