Environment

Vulnerable countries urged to lead fight vs. climate change

MANILA – Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has called on climate-vulnerable countries to “lead the charge” in saving the planet from the worsening climate crisis and to demand from rich nations largely responsible for this global emergency to fulfill their... Read More

Coalition hails ordinance protecting marine reserves

DUMAGUETE CITY – A coalition of groups opposing the proposed controversial 174-hectare offshore reclamation project here is thankful to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Oriental for its firm stand on the protection of marine protected areas (MPAs) to ensure food security.“The... Read More

DENR spearheads nat'l plan of action vs marine debris

MANILA–The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is spearheading a national plan of action (NPOA) to help prevent, reduce, and manage marine litter (ML) in the country.Set for launch in November this year, the NPOA promotes shared responsibility, accountability and... Read More

Global fossil fuel subsidies totaled $6T in 2020: IMF head

ANKARA – Global fossil fuel subsidies amounted to around USD6 trillion in 2020, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief said.The amount was 6.8 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP), Kristalina Georgieva said at the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy on Friday.“The science is... Read More

Asean plays vital role in saving Earth

MANILA – Saving the planet starts with the protection of marine ecosystems and as a region that covers almost half of the world's water, countries in Southeast Asia play an important role in realizing this goal.Given the concentration of biodiversity in the region, member states of the... Read More

Experts, tech-focused firms tie-up to boost plant conservation

MANILA – Plants conservationists have teamed up with firms that promote the use of technological innovations to encourage more people to protect endemic plants in the country.In an online briefing Wednesday night, Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Inc. (PNPCSI) vice president... Read More

De La Salle Lipa: 1st PH institution to get STARS Silver Rating

LIPA CITY, Batangas – De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) received the internationally-renowned STARS Silver Rating for its continuous efforts in practicing sustainability on many fronts, the first academic institution in the Philippines to earn this accolade.STARS means Sustainability Tracking,... Read More

Science-based multi-sector action needed vs. climate, Covid-19

MANILA–Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman is advocating science-based multi-sector action that will help the country sustainably deal with climate change and continuing onslaught of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic."I urge all key... Read More

Resort owners, divers fear effects of reclamation project

DUMAGUETE CITY – Professional divers and resort owners in Negros Oriental are apprehensive over the possible negative impacts of the proposed 174-hectare offshore reclamation project in this capital city on the diving and tourism industry.Glenn Carballo, owner of Azure Dive Resort and... Read More

Power firm launches multi-sectoral movement for carbon-neutral PH

DUMAGUETE CITY – Racing against time to address the worsening climate change crisis, multi-sectoral representatives have joined a movement initiated by geothermal power leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) aimed at attaining zero carbon emissions among businesses in the country.EDC, the... Read More

World on 'catastrophic pathway' to hit 2.7-degree temp rise

WASHINGTON – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dire warning on Friday, saying the world is on a "catastrophic pathway" to surpass negotiated caps on temperature increases meant to mitigate the ravages of climate change.Guterres called on the international community to immediately... Read More

Volunteers clear Subic beaches of plastic wastes, storm debris

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – More than 200 volunteers from locator companies, community groups, and departments of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) fanned out to eight points along the shoreline here on Friday to collect plastic wastes and other debris that were washed ashore after the... Read More

Abandoned 'hot logs' seized in Maguindanao

PARANG, Maguindanao – Environment officials and the local police confiscated here on Thursday some 500 board feet of suspected illegally cut lumber.The forest products were left unattended in Sitio Bliss, Barangay Nituan, Parang, Maguindanao.“The lumber products were undocumented and... Read More

No assessment request yet on Dumaguete reclamation project: DENR

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office II (CENRO II) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here on Wednesday clarified that it has not yet received any application or other forms of communication from the Dumaguete City government... Read More

PNP committed to enforce environmental laws

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday committed to continue protecting the country's vast and diversified environment.PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, made this comment after Global Witness listed the Philippines as one of the deadliest countries for land and... Read More

Bamboo to help boost climate change mitigation in PH

MANILA–The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is promoting bamboo-planting as a climate change mitigation strategy.Bamboo not only thrives in the country and is among the government's priority reforestation species but this grass is also good in sequestering or absorbing... Read More

Balanga City 3rd runner up in mangrove protection tilt

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – This component city of Bataan received the third runner-up award in the 2021 national tilt for mangrove protection and management programs known as “Para El Mar” (For the Sea), Mayor Francis Garcia announced on Monday.Prieto Diaz in Sorsogon was chosen as the... Read More

PH eyes Japan's help in protecting ozone layer, climate

MANILA–The Philippines aims to secure Japan's assistance on safely disposing hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from various industries nationwide.Such assistance will enable the country to destroy HCFCs and HFCs without releasing these substances' gases into the... Read More

Baywalk waters may soon be fit for swimming, other recreations

MANILA–The waters off the Baywalk area along Manila Bay can soon be fit for swimming and other contact recreational activities.Measures for rehabilitating Manila Bay will continue, so the concentration of fecal coliform bacteria in Baywalk's waters can dip further and eventually meet the 100... Read More

Inaction on climate change to further breed calamities

MANILA–Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary and Climate Change Commission (CCC) chairperson-designate Carlos Dominguez raised the urgency for public action on climate change, warning recent disasters from extreme weather events due to this scourge further offer a preview of what passiveness... Read More