Environment

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

Rainy Saturday over most parts of PH: PAGASA

MANILA -- Scattered rainshowers will prevail over most parts of the archipelago due to a low-pressure area (LPA) and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), the state weather bureau said Saturday.The LPA, last spotted at 250 km. east-northeast of Guiuan, eastern Samar, is embedded along the ITCZ,... Read More

2 LPAs to bring rains over most parts of PH Friday: PAGASA

MANILA -- The two low-pressure areas (LPAs) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will cause rains over most parts of the country, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Friday.One LPA was spotted 520... Read More

Downpour, floods threaten parts of PH as two LPAs loom

MANILA --Lightning, light to moderate rains, occasionally heavy precipitation, strong winds and flash floods are possible in various areas nationwide until Friday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 24-hour forecast... Read More

Cloudiness, rain likely till Wednesday afternoon

MANILA --Lightning, occasional heavy rains, strong winds and flash floods are possible in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Mimaropa and Calabarzon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 24-hour forecast released Tuesday afternoon.A... Read More

Ilocos Norte fishermen release green sea turtle

LAOAG CITY -- A 15-kilogram green sea turtle measuring 50 by 40 centimeters was released back into the sea on late Sunday afternoon in the coastal village of Saud, Badoc town in Ilocos Norte.Sherman Valdez, village councilor and president of the Saud-Paratong Fishermen Association, said on Monday... Read More

Trough of LPA to bring rains over eastern Mindanao Sunday: PAGASA

MANILA --The trough of a low pressure area (LPA) affecting the eastern part of Mindanao will bring rains over this area, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.

Surigao del Sur, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental,... Read More

Study highlights potentials of mangroves as major carbon sink

ILOILO CITY -- A mangrove scientist here has underscored the need to protect and preserve mangroves to fight greenhouse gas emissions as his study reveals its potentials “to store more carbon than terrestrial forest.”“Mangroves are now highlighted as a major carbon sink in relation... Read More

IMO sets ‘off-limits area' in Tubbataha

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- All types of ships with 150 gross tonnage and higher are warned to sail outside the 4,470-square kilometer area-to-be-avoided (ATBA) in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) to avoid the risk of accidental groundings.Commodore Joselito dela Cruz, commander of the... Read More