Archive for: January 2013

US Warship Stranded in the Philippines’ Reef

Fishermen in a nearby area where the United States Navy warship was stuck was wondering how the big US vessel stuck on the country’s coral reefs. They were worried about the effect of the said incident to one of the world’s wonder, the “Tubbataha Reef.” Residents in the nearby area are living with their livelihood from the abundance of the sea.

One of the  fisherman, who was interviewed by the local news in the country, said that the coral reefs play an important role in the underwater ecosystem; he explained that the fishes would lay their eggs in the corals, and when these said reefs will be destroyed, the fishes would no longer have a place to lay their eggs.

The vessel known as the USS Guardian is a heavy warship that weighs tons of metal. A lot of environmental activist in the Philippines were alarmed on the effect of the warship on the coral reefs. The Tubbataha reef was once known and dubbed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage site.

The United States Embassy located in the country’s capital, Manila was surrounded by protesters protesting about the said warship. They wanted a fast action from both the Philippine government and the embassy regarding the case on the sea because they feared that it will cost more problems in the long run. The said warship contains products like lubricants, paints, and solvent.

These said material is fronting harm not only to the coral reefs but every living organism in the ocean. The local news organization reported that an ongoing investigation about the incident took place.

Climate Change Top Agenda of WEF 2013

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape the global, regional and industry agendas.

As leaders gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, signs of economic hope are upon us. The global economy is on the mend. Worldwide, the middle class is expanding by an estimated 100 million per year and the quality of life for millions in Asia and Africa is growing at an unprecedented pace.

Davos is exactly the type of venue for finding solutions to such issues, which requires leadership and coalition-building from the private and public sectors. For example, the G2A2, an alliance of CEOs committed to addressing climate and environmental risks will launch the Green Investment Report with precisely the goal of “unlocking finance for green growth”.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has estimated that about $ 700 billion would be required to tackle climate change issues, “what is arguably the most pressing threat to the global economy”. Director of Climate Change Initiatives at the WEF Thomas Kerr said that there are many successful cases where governments have strategically targeted their public funds to mobilize significant sums of private investment for green infrastructure.”Greening the economy is the only way to accommodate nine billion people by 2050,” Kerr has emphasized.

The report noted that in the case of World Bank’s $ 6 billion in climate technology funds, for every public dollar invested have attracted $ 8 in co-financing. It would still depend on what happens in Davos and other forums and meetings like it, throughout the year. Then probably, 2013 could just be a game-changer.

JAPAN’S BOEING 787 EMERGENCY LANDING

The Japanese Airlines’ Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” plane made an emergency landing in Western Japan due to battery problems on Wednesday morning.

It was reported by the NTV (Newfoundland Broadcasting Company) television that passengers had used the emergency slides to get out from the jet.  More than 120 people have been evacuated from the Boeing 787 plane.   The firefighters have reached the scene because smoke was detected inside the aircraft.

The cause of the emergency landing was identified from a cockpit message that showed battery problems. More details about it were still being checked.

A spokesman for ANA (All Nippon Airways Co.), Japan’s Largest Airline, Takuya Taniguchi said “It is true that the aircraft has recently seen a series of troubles,” he also added that the airline was not ready to comment more on the incident. It was said that ANA’s 787s had problems the past two weeks although there were no injuries reported.

The Japanese airline was the first to roll out a 787. Boeing has said that there would be various technical problems expected in the early days of the aircraft model.

In addition, the U.S government is conducting a review to find out the cause of some incidents with Boeing’s new and most technologically advanced airliner. It has also reassured the public it is safe to fly.

ANA and JAL (Japan Airlines Co.), Japan’s two leading airlines have voluntarily grounded all their fleets of Boeing 787 planes for a day of inspection.

ANA has said that it would comply with the instructions from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and other authorities. The FAA is said to monitor the Boeing 787 incident.

Footage of the evacuation of the passengers in the plane has also emerged.

"The Dreamliner"