Environment

Haikou feted as among first international wetland cities

HAIKOU, China -- Haikou has been feted for its ecological protection.The city won the honor of being among the first groups of international wetland cities at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the International Convention on Wetlands held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on Oct.25Eighteen... Read More

DENR sets climate-related activities this November

MANILA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will hold this month certain activities that will help Philippine communities build resilience to climate change."DENR offices in Metro Manila and regions nationwide will disseminate to the public information about climate change... Read More

World's remaining wilderness rapidly vanishing

SYDNEY -- The remaining spots of wilderness in the world are rapidly disappearing, with explicit global conservation targets urgently needed to stem the loss, according to latest Australian-led research."A century ago, only 15 percent of the Earth's surface was used by humans to grow crops and raise... Read More

Miss Earth 2017 favors single-use plastic ban to save oceans

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan --Reigning Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco is amenable to banning single-use plastics to save the world’s oceans and to protect marine wildlife.In a security briefing for the Miss Earth 2018 events in Palawan, Ibasco said Thursday that reducing single-use food and... Read More

Water-saving farm practices proposed in gov't envi agenda

MANILA — Incorporating water-saving farm practices in a country's adaptation strategies is one vital intervention that governments can adopt to mitigate the impact of climate change.This was one measure recommended by Anand Patwardhan, research director of Global Commission on Adaptation, at... Read More

Yearly symposium on biodiversity research to be launched

MANILA — The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) will present key funded projects on flora and fauna to stakeholders in Manila on Oct. 12. The presentation, NRCP's second Basic Research Symposium, will be the first time that the Council will focus on presenting projects related... Read More

Divers begin 6-month underwater cleanup in Antique

ILOILO CITY – A group of divers has partnered with various stakeholders in Iloilo and Antique as it embarked on a six-month underwater cleanup in Antique’s Nogas Island, a favorite diving spot in Anini-y town.“We looked forward to have cleaner reef for Nogas Island and control the... Read More

DENR sets dialogue on proposed Mararison island closure

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will gather stakeholders from the town of Culasi to discuss the proposed temporary closure of the Mararison Island for a clean-up activity on October 4, Governor Rhodora Cadiao said Monday.In an... Read More

Still suspended quarry operations may take longer to resume: MGB exec

MANILA -- Quarrying operations in the country that remain suspended may take longer to resume, as interventions from concerned parties are needed to ensure these will not affect the safety of nearby communities.“It’s possible for the duration of the work involved to go beyond the end of... Read More

DENR okays quarrying resumption

MANILA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has lifted the suspension on quarrying operations of some companies, which was ordered following the deadly landslide in Naga City, Cebu.In a press conference Thursday, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu lifted the suspension of quarrying... Read More

SBMA bans single-use plastics in workplaces effective Oct. 1

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Single-use plastics, which are used only once and then thrown away or recycled, will no longer be allowed in workplaces of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) starting Oct. 1.SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma Eisma on Thursday said the agency has decided to impose... Read More

Group calls for rules to protect major PH fishing grounds

MANILA -- An international ocean conservation and advocacy organization has called on the government to issue guidelines to protect the country’s major fishing grounds, to curb overfishing and illegal fishing activities in municipal waters and ensure the livelihood of small fishers.“The... Read More

EDC adopts Boracay wetland to support DENR island rehab

DUMAGUETE CITY -- Geothermal leader Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has expressed support for government efforts to rehabilitate Boracay Island and restore its natural resources through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).Last August 13, the DENR entered into a memorandum of... Read More

Program to boost ASEAN youth action in biodiversity upkeep launched

MANILA -- A new international program aims to increasingly promote youth participation in the conservation of Southeast Asia's rich but threatened biodiversity.Launched in Metro Manila on Tuesday, the European Union-funded ASEAN Youth Biodiversity Programme (AYBP) will provide capacity-building,... Read More

Christmas frigatebird in Apo Reef indicates healthy ecosystems: Cimatu

MANILA -- Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has welcomed the recent sighting of the globally endangered Christmas frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) in the Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP), saying it indicates the vibrancy of the ecosystems in the world-famous marine sanctuary.“The sighting of the... Read More

Earth headed towards 'hothouse climate' tipping point

CANBERRA -- The world could enter an irreversible "hothouse climate" if the global average temperature increases by 1 degree Celsius, a study has found.The international study, led by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU), revealed that the Earth's climate was approaching a... Read More

Fight against global warming harder than expected

WASHINGTON -- A study published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that keeping global warming to within 1.5 to 2 Celsius degrees might be more difficult than previously assessed.Even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement... Read More

Wetter weather due to climate change lessens greenhouse gases trap

WASHINGTON -- Chinese and American researchers found that increasing precipitation, a symptom of climate change, made it harder for forest soils to trap greenhouse gases, creating a feedback loop that exacerbated global warming.A study published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National... Read More

Single hatchling brings hope to ‘Palawan forest turtle’ conservation

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Hope springs eternal for the critically endangered Palawan forest turtle after conservationists in the province successfully hatched a single egg following about 10 years of hard work.An extremely sought-after species in the illegal wildlife trade, the Palawan forest... Read More

Australia's Great Barrier Reef recovery rate drops

SYDNEY -- Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef marine ecosystem is losing the ability to recover from damage, such as bleaching events, but managing the water flowing into the area and other local practices can help its recovery, according to latest Australian research.The reef's recovery rate has... Read More