Environment

CCC to improve access to climate funding

MANILA-- The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is working to facilitate the process for seeking climate financing under the People's Survival Fund (PSF)."We're developing the online monitoring and evaluation system (MES) for such purpose," said CCC development manager officer, Kenneth Hizon, who's... Read More

Bid seeks producing climate-smart PH health sector

MANILA --Authorities are looking into greening measures that will make the Philippine health sector climate-smart.There is urgency for such measures as the sector is both driver of and threatened by climate change, noted Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice-Chairperson Emmanuel de Guzman."Climate... Read More

Filipino eco group urges Trump to re-think global warming stance

MANILA -- Environmental group Clean Air Philippines Movement Inc. is urging United States President Donald Trump to re-think his stance on global warming.The local group said the Philippines, a long-time ally of the US, is seen to be among those most affected by climate change."We seek your... Read More

Annual mining confab to recognize responsible miners

MANILA -- The prestigious Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA), which would be part of the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC), is set to recognize the country’s responsible miners.Hosted by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment... Read More

Canada to reduce consumption of coal: PM Trudeau

MANILA -- Canada is pursuing efforts to reduce consumption of coal energy in order to mitigate the impact of climate change. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed the urgency of reducing the dependency on fossil fuels and shifting towards the use of renewable energy.... Read More

Illegal wastes may return to Canada

MANILA --Canada might be finally able to take back the waste a private company brought into the Philippines from that country and which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly opposed.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised such possibility in a press briefing Tuesday at the... Read More

Urban planners' convention up on Nov. 8-9

MANILA - The Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) will hold its 26th National Convention on November 8-9, 2017 at Seda Vertis North, Quezon City to raise awareness on the importance of environmental urban planning from local to national governance perspectives to a broader spectrum... Read More

Persistent threats fuel urgency to save migratory species

MANILA -- An expert has raised the urgency for stronger international cooperation on conserving migratory species worldwide.There must be better synergy on the matter as habitat destruction, pollution, live catching and other dangers continue to threaten the survival of these species, noted... Read More

PH eyes better protection of two threatened birds

MANILA - The Philippines seeks international collaboration on better protecting two migratory birds under threat and passing through this country while traveling along East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF).There's urgency for such protection as population of the Christmas Island frigatebird... Read More

Agreement inked for Northeast Palawan Marine Protected Area

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan –Environment authorities and municipal government officials in Palawan recently inked an agreement that bids to effectively manage and protect critical marine habitats covered by the Northeastern Palawan Marine Protected Area (NPMPA) network.“They agreed to... Read More

Council recommends lifting of open-pit mining ban in PH

MANILA--Majority of members of the inter-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) decided on Tuesday to recommend the lifting of the ban on open-pit mining, provided that laws and regulations governing minerals extraction are strictly enforced by the Department of Environment and Natural... Read More

PH, Israel work for protection of whale sharks

MANILA -- The Philippines and Israel are working together to protect whale sharks, the largest living fish, as the country hosts the world’s largest wildlife conference next week.The governments of the two countries, along with Sri Lanka, will submit a proposal for the inclusion of the whale... Read More

2017 likely ends up among top 3 warmest years on record: US agency

WASHINGTON--The year 2017 is gearing up to end up among the top three warmest years in 137 years of record-keeping, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Wednesday.In a monthly report, the US agency said the year-to-date temperature across global land and ocean surfaces... Read More

New storm about to enter PH: PAGASA

MANILA –Another tropical storm could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).In its report 11 a.m. Monday, the state weather agency said the tropical storm (international name... Read More

Waters of Gigantes Island now red tide-free

ILOILO CITY -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the local government unit of Carles vowed to continue monitoring the coastal waters of Gigantes Island after it was declared free from red tide on Thursday.BFAR in its shellfish bulletin no. 37 released declared that the coastal... Read More

Biz group, partners target 300K mangrove propagules for planting

DUMAGUETE CITY -- The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (NOCCI) and its partners are targeting to plant at least 300,000 mangrove propagules next year as part of the massive forest restoration project in Negros.Dubbed "10M in 10", the project which was launched last year by... Read More

LPA downpour may trigger floods, landslides

MANILA -- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has spotted a low pressure area (LPA) some 295 km north-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 3 p.m. Saturday.In its 24-hour forecast released Saturday afternoon, PAGASA said the LPA may bring cloudy... Read More

Most glaciers in central Switzerland to disappear by 2090

GENEVA -- The latest study by Fribourg University in Switzerland revealed on Thursday that the vast majority of glaciers in center of the country will have totally disappeared by the end of the 21st century.Around 90 percent of the Hufi Glacier in the Glarus Alps mountain range in central... Read More

Dumaguete City mulls use of 'exclusive' sanitary landfill

DUMAGUETE CITY-- Racing against time with the open dumpsite already “overflowing” with trash, the Dumaguete City government is now considering establishing a sanitary landfill for its exclusive use.The national government has already long outlawed open dumpsites with local government... Read More

Palawan tightens watch vs sea sponge trade

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Environment authorities in Palawan are tightly monitoring the illegal collection and trading of multicellular parazoan organisms or natural sea sponges, which are important sources of nutrients in the marine ecosystem.Although there is no definitive study that says... Read More