Stories written by Prime Sarmiento

PHILIPPINES: Ketsana Signals Need for ‘No Regrets’ Adaptation Plan

Typhoon Ketsana, which swept into the Philippines and left hundreds of people dead and massive devastation in its wake, should serve as a wake-up call to the government.


The Chinese government needs to engage local communities in harnessing its vast water and hydropower resources and pursuing sustainable development, says environmental advocate Yu Xiaogang, recipient of the 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Participatory Social Impact Assessment for Watershed Management.

Q&A: ‘We Do Not Want to See The Blame Game’

Developing economies are vulnerable to climate change and need funds to implement much needed adaptation and mitigation measures. This is one of the key points that needs to be addressed during the next round of U.N.-led negotiations on climate change in Copenhagen, according to Mohamed Aslam, Maldives Minister of Housing, Transport and Environment.

PHILIPPINES: Mourns Cory Aquino, Democracy Icon

An icon of democracy whose unexpected rise to power in 1986 gave birth to the term "people power" in the world's political lexicon. A reluctant president and survivor of six coup attempts. A moral force known for her stubbornness even if told she was wrong.