photo by M dela Merced (mdelamerced on Flickr CC)As the Philippines moves forward in cleaner energy production and away from power sourced from oil and coal, the streets of its capital city, Manila, are choked with emissions from diesel and petrol-burning vehicles.

According to the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) recent years have seen the Philippines experience a sharp rise in the production of energy from hydro and natural gas, and especially from geothermal and other renewable sources.

At the same time, power generated from coal and oil peaked and began a somewhat steady decline during the last decade (though figures are only shown up to 2005).

What’s sure is that large cities, especially Manila, suffer from heavy pollution due to road traffic.

Check out the following video report from Al Jazeera English on how the government in the Philippines has begun implementing programs to replace fuel burning jeepneys and trikes (three-wheeled auto rikshaws) with silent and much cleaner electric counterparts. As this policy takes off, it is hoped that air pollution in the Southeast Asian capital will significantly decrease.

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.


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