The world’s academies of science release a ‘Statement on Climate Change and Education’.
For the remainder of the 21st century and beyond, climate change poses an existential threat to humanity.
Under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the world’s nations agreed to keep global temperature rises to within 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. One degree of that rise has already occurred. However, in the recent COP23 meeting held in Bonn, Germany, we are still heading towards 3 degrees rise, and possibly more. The Paris Agreement also states “Parties should take measures ... to enhance climate change education” (Paris Agreement, Art.12).
“Decisions on how to tackle the effects of climate change need to be based on sound science and rational judgement,” says Krishan Lal (India), co-chair of IAP for Science. “They will also need to be made through the coming years – so it is the younger generation, currently in schools and learning about science, who will need to make those decisions.”
Unfortunately, in many countries, science education is often poor and does not develop the rational thinking or provide the inter-disciplinary study required to learn about climate change.
MANILA HOTEL—Academician Guillermo Q. Tabios III represented the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) in the 6th Philippine Professional Summit (PPS) as he spoke on “Breakthroughs in Science and Technology and their Impact on the Philippine Infrastructure Development Program.” This event, co-organized by the Philippine Association of the Professional Regulatory Board Members, Inc. (PAPRB) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), gathered Filipino professionals from around the world to engage them on “THE GLOCAL FILIPINO PROFESSIONALS: Responding to the Philippine Aspirations and International Development with ‘MALASAKIT AT PAGBABAGO.
The Summit was organized to discuss the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022, covering both of its hard and soft infrastructure programs, which serves as leverage for the country’s competitiveness. PAPRB and NAST PHL coordinated in observance of science and technology’s role in improving the competitiveness of the Filipino professional, specifically on “Breakthroughs in Science and Technology and their Impact on the Philippine Infrastructure Development Program.” His Excellency, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, delivered the keynote address for the event, standing firm behind his administration’s actions against corruption, illegal drugs and extremism. He ended his speech by emphasizing his task to “protect the people and preserve the Republic of the Philippines.”
Acd. Guillermo Q. Tabios III, member of the Engineering Sciences and Technology Division of NAST PHL, discussed the Role of Science and Technology in Water Resources Infrastructure Development. Three water resources systems were showcased to illustrate the use of science-based tools to evaluate alternative plans and configurations. These systems are namely: (1) Metro’s Manila New Centennial water supply project to meet the increasing domestic water demand of Metro Manila; (2) Balog-Balog Dam to augment the irrigation water needs of Tarlac rice farms; and (3) Cagayan de Oro River flood mitigation plan, which had to be revisited after Typhoon Sendong of December 2011.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL), will hold its 2017 DOST Intellectual Award on November 10, 2017, Friday, at the Acacia Hotel, Alabang.
This activity is part of the DOST-NAST PHL program that aims to (1) give incentives to DOST researchers and technology developers to encourage them to publish on international refereed journals; (2) register their developed technologies; and (3) boost the publication, patent and utility models outputs of DOST and its agencies. This also supports the goal of DOST to institute measures to improve the performance of Research and Development (R&D) institutions and to monitor and evaluate their R&D results.
A total of twenty two (22) publications coming from four (4) DOST agencies namely Food Nutrition Research Institute, Industrial Technology Development Institute, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute and Forest Products Research and Development Institute will be awarded with the International Publication Award. Also, nineteen (19) will be awarded with the Utility Model Registration Award from FNRI, ITDI and FPRDI. On the other hand, there was only one granted panted to be awarded for this year from FNRI.