Environment

2018 Earth Hour to highlight biodiversity protection

MANILA - World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines is set to kick off the country's 2018 Earth Hour celebration next month, focusing on protecting biodiversity from climate change.Earth Hour, an annual global grassroots movement of WWF Philippines' mother organization WWF, hopes to inspire and empower... Read More

Sea turtle conservation, coastal clean-up drive gain grounds

NAIC, Cavite – Cavite’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) reported an increased citizen participation in protecting the number of “pawikan” (sea turtle) hatchlings during the town's 7th “Pawikan Festival” at Labac Beachfront on... Read More

Naic’s 7th Pawikan Festival kicks off Friday

NAIC, Cavite -- Naic Mayor Junio C. Dualan will lead the day long festivities marked with coastal clean-up activities, games and contests as the town celebrates its 7th Pawikan (sea turtle) Festival at the town's Labac Beach Front on Friday.Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENRO) chief... Read More

Group seeks volunteer coral bleaching patrollers

MANILA -- Environment group Philippine Coral Bleaching Watch urged the public to report the condition of coral reefs in their areas."We need everyone's help on the matter," said the group's coordinator Miledel Quibilan, noting that the country's reef area covers an about 26,000 sq. km.Quibilan said... Read More

DENR seeks more short video submissions for green fest

MANILA -- The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is seeking from the public short environment-related video materials for airing during the country's 2018 Green Film Festival."We already have videos for airing throughout GFF, but... Read More

Bolivian frog 'Romeo' looking for love

MANILA -- For all the lonely singles this Valentine's Day, you are not the only ones who are lonely. So is a Bolivian frog, though not necessarily a prince.A 10-year-old frog named Romeo, possibly the last of the Sehuencas water species, is also looking for love.According to a report from the BBC,... Read More

PH to lay out blue carbon roadmap to preserve marine life

MANILA -- A multi-agency technical working group is set to lay out a Philippine roadmap for blue carbon control, according to an official of the state-run Climate Change Commission (CCC)."The roadmap will identify measures for dealing with blue carbon," said CCC development management officer Seal... Read More

Army, LGU heads lead re-greening program

ALAMADA, North Cotabato -- Military and local officials here joined hands Tuesday in an activity aimed at providing better environment for future generation.Maj. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) and Mayor Noemia D. Bartolome of Alamada, North Cotabato... Read More

Global advocates push for urban policies to conserve wetlands

MANILA -- An international scientist and environmental advocate is calling for measures that will protect wetlands from encroachment and other ills of urbanization."We encourage cities to adopt policies and actions, which will help conserve urban wetlands," Martha Rojas Urrego, secretary general of... Read More

Villar wants manufacturers to help curb plastics pollution

MANILA -- Senate environment committee head Sen. Cynthia Villar wants to give manufacturers more responsibility in helping reduce plastics pollution.Villar said a planned amendment to Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, seeks to increase product stewardship among... Read More

DENR seeks more multi-sectoral action to attain zero waste

MANILA -- The government is seeking further multisectoral action for zero waste in the country, which the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) said generates over 10 million tons of waste annually.Zero waste is "an advocacy that promotes designing and managing of products and processes... Read More

URC adopts sustainability strategy

MANILA -- Universal Robina Corporation (URC) on Thursday unveiled its long-term sustainability commitments that will form part of its business strategy, joining the list of businesses across the globe that continues to adapt to the best in class standards in sustainable development.URC told the... Read More

Water in Texas most contaminated in US

HOUSTON -- Texas has the most contaminated water in the United States, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on Thursday.EWG's report claimed that Texas has the most widespread contamination affecting more than 3,500 utilities serving 22 million people. The... Read More

New York City sues oil companies over climate change

NEW YORK -- New York City announced Wednesday that it had filed a lawsuit against the five largest oil companies for contributing to global warming."The City will be seeking damages from BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell for the billions of dollars the City will spend... Read More

Warmer oceans causing commercial fish shortage

CANBERRA -- Climate change is driving a collapse of the marine food chain, an Australian study published by the University of Adelaide on Wednesday has found.The study found that rising ocean temperatures was reducing the flow of energy from algae at the bottom of the chain to herbivores or... Read More

At least five people die in winter storm in California

LOS ANGELES -- At least five people have died in a winter storm that led to mudslides in Santa Barbara County in the US state of California, authorities said Tuesday.Five people had died in the Montecito area, northwest of Los Angeles, as of Tuesday morning, said Mike Eliason, a public information... Read More

Unilever PH to bring in technology to address plastic waste

MANILA -- Unilever Philippines aims to bring in technology that would address plastic sachet waste in the country, its Vice President for Sustainable Business and Communications Ed Sunico said Tuesday.Currently, the global consumer goods company is pilot testing a German technology called CreaSolv... Read More

Agricultural fungicide attracts honeybees

CHICAGO -- Honeybee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers at the University of Illinois (UI) have found.The study has been newly published in the journal Scientific Reports.To test whether foraging honey bees showed a... Read More

Sydney suffers through hottest day in 80 years

SYDNEY -- A total fire ban remains in place across the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) on Monday, after Sydneysiders endured the hottest day in 80 years.The weekend heatwave saw temperatures reach as high as 47.3 degrees Celsius in Sydney's west, while the rest of the harbor city sizzled... Read More

LGUs urged to invest in climate-smart agriculture

MANILA -- Local government units (LGUs) need to invest in the development of a climate-smart agriculture that fits the needs of the community in an effort to address the adverse effects of sustained weather fluctuations, according to a study published by think tank Philippine Institute for... Read More