Environment

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

UN presents new eco-housing module 'Tiny House'

NEW YORK -- The United Nations displayed a new eco-housing module on Monday to raise public awareness on limiting overuse of natural resources for sustainable development.The module, called "Tiny House", is a 22-square-meter housing unit fully powered by renewable energy. It is designed to test the... Read More

DENR launches award for saving rivers

MANILA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched on Wednesday, July 4, a new award that recognizes efforts to save rivers from pollution and other threats.Called Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (RIVERs) for Life Award, it will... Read More

Air pollution causes tree malnutrition

LONDON -- Air pollution from farms, diesel engines and factories is leaving trees malnourished by killing off the fungi that feed them nutrients, and "alarming" levels of disease in British trees are being caused by air pollution, a study has found.Trees across Britain and Europe have recently shown... Read More

DA-BFAR kicks off Manila Bay clean-up

MANILA -- The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) teams up with the Office of Senator Cynthia Villar in organizing a series of inter-agency Manila Bay coastal clean-up that will cover parts of the National Capital Region and nearby towns in Central... Read More

Ice loss in Antarctica speeds up global sea level rise

WASHINGTON-- Scientists found the loss of ice in Antarctica had caused global sea levels to rise by 7.6 millimeters since 1992, with 40 percent of the increase happening in just the past five years.The results, reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature, are based on combined data from 24 satellite... Read More

Lightning kills 10 in India's West Bengal

NEW DELHI -- At least 10 people were killed and several others injured after lightning struck them at different places in India's eastern state of West Bengal, officials said Wednesday.The lightning struck Bankura, Hooghly, West Midnapore, Birbhum, and North 24 Parganas districts on... Read More

Surigao 'plogging' nets over 1,500-kilo trash

SURIGAO CITY--This city has caught up with the latest pro-environment fitness trend called "plogging", or jogging while picking up trash.Organizers said a total of 1,500 kilos of assorted litter were collected by over a hundred individuals who joined Tuesday's 10-kilometer "plogging" that started at... Read More

Death toll of severe weather in Sri Lanka rises to 8

COLOMBO -- The death toll from high winds and rains that have lashed out across Sri Lanka since Saturday reached eight on Tuesday, while over 38,000 people were affected, the Disaster Management Center said in its latest update.The deaths were reported from the island's south, northwest, and east,... Read More

German glaciers shrinking rapidly due to climate change

BERLIN -- Alpine glaciers in Germany are shrinking rapidly as a consequence of rising global temperatures, said a study published by the ministry for transport and digital infrastructure on Monday.According to the study conducted by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the mass of the five German... Read More

Melting of Arctic mountain glaciers unprecedented in past 4 centuries

LOS ANGELES -- Arctic mountain glaciers are melting faster than at any time in the past 400 years because of rising summer temperatures, a new study found.The warmer temperatures are melting 60 times more snow from Mt. Hunter in Alaska's Denali National Park today than the amount of snow that melted... Read More

Tree planting contributes to mitigating climate change, says UN chief

UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that tree-planting contributes to mitigating climate change impact."The health of our planet is essential to our own health and well-being, and to our future, and trees are an essential part of it," said the UN chief... Read More

Diocese urges LGUs to protect Coron from environmental degradation

MANILA -- The Social Action Center of Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan urged the local government to strengthen its laws to protect the island of Coron from environmental degradation.Father Ed Pariño, Social Action Director of the diocese said that the local officials of Coron and other... Read More

LGU, stakeholders initiate "World Water Day" clean-up for Laguna Lake

BAY, Laguna - Truckloads of garbage were recovered on Thursday here during the Laguna Lake clean-up drive initiated by the Laguna Water District Aquatic Resources Corp. (LARC), the municipal government , and various stakeholders.Anna Karerina Lim-Puerto, manager for Community Relations and External... Read More

Wetlands conservation group to launch 'BioBlitz' project in Laguna

MANILA -- The Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) is set to launch its wetlands-focused BioBlitz initiative this week in Laguna province's Panguil River Eco Park."BioBlitz aims to help raise public awareness about and action on conserving Philippine wetlands," noted... Read More

PH gets mercury monitoring tool from Taiwan

MANILA -- The Philippines received from Taiwan equipmentaimed to enhance the monitoring of mercury, which the World Health Organization (WHO) identified as among the chemicals of major public health concern.The Taiwan government donated the equipment called mercury sampler, so theDepartment of... Read More

Air quality monitoring station eyed in Boracay

MANILA -- The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is planning to install an air quality monitoring station in Boracay Island next year.This is to intensify government's efforts to clean up and stop further environmental degradation... Read More

DENR to intensify wildlife info campaign

MANILA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR) will push for more public action against the further destructionand loss of Philippine wildlife."It's important to educate people about the matter. We're aimingtowards that direction," DENR Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia said.Garcia... Read More

US East Coast braces for powerful windstorm with snow, rain

WASHINGTON -- Vast areas in US East Coast, including capital city Washington D.C. and Boston, are bracing for sporadic snow, heavy rain and powerful winds with gusts that could even approach 70 mile per hour (112 kilometers per hour), according to the National Weather Service.

A high wind... Read More