Environment

Mayor Isko backs DENR's Manila Bay beach nourishment project

MANILA – The city government of Manila expressed its full support to the national government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in its implementation of the Manila Bay beach nourishment project that includes the overlaying of “white sand" in the area.Manila... Read More

Otters in Turtle Islands produce 3 pups

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the pair of smooth-coated otters (Lutrogaleperspicillata) reported in May in Turtle Islands, Tawi-Tawi, surprised the residents last week when they emerged from their den accompanied by three pups.DENR-Region 9... Read More

Nestlé partnership to cut plastic footprint

MANILA – Food and beverage maker Nestlé Philippines strengthens its partnership with the private sector for its plastic waste collection, recycling, and recovery program to reduce plastic footprint.In a statement, Nestlé Philippines has partnered with Plastic Credit Exchange... Read More

DENR installs trash traps to reduce solid waste in Manila Bay

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office here has installed 50 trash traps in some rivers in Central Luzon to prevent solid wastes from reaching the waters of Manila Bay.Paquito Moreno Jr., executive director of DENR in Central... Read More

Dinagat mining firm joins fight vs. sargassum debris

CAGDIANAO, Dinagat Islands – Seen as a blight on shorelines and considered a nuisance by fishermen, the sargassum seaweed is now being used to fertilize the mined-out lands of nickel miner Cagdianao Mining Corporation (CMC) here.Locally known as “samo”, these dense floating... Read More

Cimatu disallows cutting of trees at Cebu City Covid-19 cemetery

CEBU CITY – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Tuesday ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas to ensure that no trees will be cut in the grave site for the deceased coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients here.“I made some suggestions... Read More

SMC begins massive mangrove planting in Bulacan

MANILA – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has started planting 25,000 mangroves on 10 hectares of coastal area in Hagonoy, Bulacan --the first in the target 190,000 mangroves to be planted over 76 hectares in Bulacan and Central Luzon.The initiative is part of a massive, wide-ranging plan to... Read More

DENR collects 11 tons of wastes from water bodies in C. Luzon

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – More than 11 tons of mixed wastes have been collected by river patrollers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from various bodies of water in Central Luzon since last March.Cynde Pagador, Manila Bay regional focal person, said the... Read More

Weather body checking record Arctic Circle temperature

GENEVA – The World Meteorological Organization on Tuesday said it is seeking to verify reports of a new temperature record for north of the Arctic Circle of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F).At a twice-weekly UN briefing in Geneva, Clare Nullis, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokesperson,... Read More

Maasin diocese vows to promote, expand use of renewable energy

MANILA – The Diocese of Maasin in Southern Leyte on Tuesday said the recognition by the Vatican of its effort to preserve the environment will encourage them to promote the use of solar energy and help conserve the environment.“This news encourages us more to expand the use of renewable... Read More

Vatican recognizes Maasin diocese for switch to solar energy

MANILA – The Vatican has acknowledged a diocese in central Philippines for switching to solar energy, a first in the history of the Catholic Church.According to an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website on Monday, the Holy See, in a... Read More

Covid-19, deforestation cripple life in Amazon

ANKARA – While deforestation in the Amazon rainforests continues, the lives of indigenous people are at greater risk as the mortality rate from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is already double that of Brazil's population.On World Rainforest Day, celebrated annually on June 22 to raise... Read More

Covid-19 adds to adversity for climate refugees

ANKARA – Already facing a legally undefined status, climate refugees must now contend with a shortage of decent medical care, as well as closed borders and international travel restrictions, making their lives excessively difficult during the global pandemic.Climate refugees, environmental... Read More

Responding to climate change amid pandemic

MANILA –Addressing climate change has been sidelined as governments around the world focus on fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).The pandemic has made leaders imposed lockdown measures to contain the virus. There were suspensions of some business operations including factories,... Read More

DENR warns public vs. online illegal wildlife trade

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office here warned the public against the buying and selling of wildlife through social media.This, after operatives of the DENR and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized last week a juvenile... Read More

World looks to innovation for sustainable oceans

ANKARA – On the occasion of World Oceans Day, the role of the oceans -- which provide the oxygen we breathe, food, as well as regulate the climate -- will be celebrated online Monday with the theme "Innovation for Sustainable Ocean".Covering approximately 70 percent of the Earth's surface and... Read More

Cimatu orders probe on discoloration of Manila Bay

MANILA— Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has ordered an investigation of the hotels and establishments in the Manila Bay area after discoloration on the waters of the bay was observed last Thursday.“We suspect that this sudden color change from the previous dark blue to turquoise blue... Read More

China's 5-year plan to be crucial on climate change

ANKARA — China's 14th five-year plan (FYP) to go into effect in 2021 will be one of the world's most important documents for global efforts to fight climate change, according to a report released on Tuesday.While local and global efforts continue to increasingly curb climate change across the... Read More

Bataan sanitary landfill ordered temporarily closed

HERMOSA, Bataan -- Mayor Antonio Joseph Inton padlocked on Thursday the province’s only sanitary landfill facility (SLF) for alleged violation of environmental laws.The mayor personally served the closure order to Econest Waste Management Corporation, operator of the Hermosa sanitary landfill... Read More

Developer commits to Manila Bay rehab via waterways cleanup

MANILA --As part of the company’s efforts of promoting environmental protection and sustainable eco-development, Quadruple-A developer DMCI Homes has reaffirmed its commitment to support the government’s Manila Bay rehabilitation project through the cleanup of Metro Manila’s... Read More