AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR.

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. RECENT reports show 197 nature fighters lost their lives in 2017 alone which prompted 24 Latin American countries to sign a historic regional treaty protecting, among others, nature fighters. In addition, 1.5 million children below 5 years of age die every year because of unhealthy environmental…

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. A PARTICULARLY alarming environmental threat right now is ocean plastic pollution. Plastic debris is not limited to the shores of the Mediterranean, the Atlantic or the Pacific. Trillions of plastic waste circulate through the world’s oceans from the Antarctic to the Arctic, both close to the…

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. FOR the 18th time this year, North Korea fired off on November 29 what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which flew further than any other demonstrated by Pyongyang. The ballistic missile test flew 10 times higher than the International Space Station and twice…

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. LIKE many countries around the world, the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have realized that fossil fuels are outdated. They cause many problems, with serious impacts on economics, global politics and the environment. Indeed, new approaches need to be taken and the…

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. “FROM the bushes to the desert” was how a colleague jokingly described my diplomatic assignment from Papua New Guinea to Qatar. Looking back, both assignments were most welcome, challenging and fulfilling at the same time but my mind is on Qatar right now since a four-month-old…

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. AS guaranteed by the UN Charter, a state always has the natural right to defend itself in case of an armed attack. Meaning, if the scale and consequences of the use of force against a state reaches the level of an armed attack, then the victim…

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. MILITARY arms procurement is evident in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member countries. Was it prompted by the increased tension in the South China Sea aggravated by threats of missile attack following a war of words between the US and North Korea? Of late,…

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. “This is not the right versus the left because there is no liberal air or conservative air. We all breathe the same air. There is no liberal water or conservative water. We all drink the same water.” – Arnold Schwarzenneger Movie star, ex-California governor turned climate…

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AMADO S. TOLENTINO, JR. IN many of the countries constituting Asean, tourism has come to mean ecotourism particularly because of the region’s richness in biodiversity. Those countries have learned to make use of their natural resources as a means of business, an income-generating livelihood for many people. Ecotourism has therefore…

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Amado S. Tolentino Jr. THE 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami originating in an earthquake in the sea off Sumatra in Indonesia devastated 12 countries, including Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. As an immediate response, the periodic Asian Wetlands Symposium held in 2005 (in India) recommended, among others, to “prioritize the natural…

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