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Sunday, July 23, 2017
If you see stray dogs or cat in your neighborhood, call the city pound. But if it’s a wild animal like an eagle, a python, or by chance, a monkey or a marine turtle, whether it is roaming free or locked in cage, it is best to call wildlife...
From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway, new research finds. The study, published last Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, calls the current decline in...
Conclusion Knife-fish infestation Fishers, as well as fish-pen and fish-cage operators, continue to complain about knife-fish infestation. The knife fish, a carnivorous fish, lays their eggs that stick to the bamboo poles of fish cages and fishnets. Upon hatching, they easily enter the fish pen and fish cage and feed on bangus and...
Days before President Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 24, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) is faced with a seemingly impossible mission to dismantle illegal structures in Laguna de Bay and restore the ecological balance in the once healthy and economically productive...
The Naujan Lake National Park (NLNP), a key biodiversity area (KBA) in the Philippines, is home to many species of plant and animal wildlife. The Naujan Lake in Oriental Mindoro province and its surrounding watershed is home to unique species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, making it one...
It’s the holy grail for biofuel developers hoping to coax energy out of algae: Keep the organism fat enough to produce oil but spry enough to grow quickly.  J. Craig Venter, the scientist who mapped the human genome, just helped Exxon Mobil Corp. strike that balance, with a breakthrough that...
WASHINGTON—A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, US scientists announced last week. About three-quarters of the world’s delicate coral reefs were damaged or killed by hot water in what scientists say was the largest coral catastrophe. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a...
The Sentrong Katutubong Yaman (Sekaya), an affiliate of United Laboratories Inc. (Unilab), the leading pharmaceutical and health-care company in the Philippines, is tapping into the country’s rich biodiversity to develop natural medicinal products with the help of science and technology (S&T). Sekaya signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the...
By Leslie Castillo & Anna Maria Nisce Seventeen-year-old Joshua Miguel C. Danac may be young but he understands what many people older than him do not get: Achieving any kind of real change when it comes to biodiversity and the environment needs the active involvement and participation of everybody. “The full...
UNITED NATIONS—Secretary-General António Guterres opened the first UN conference on oceans on June 5 with a warning that the seas are “under threat as never before”, noting one recent study warns that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done. The UN chief told presidents, ministers,...
Tañon Strait is celebrating its nearly two decades as a protected area. The 161-kilometer strip, which separates the islands of Cebu and Negros, is rich in biodiversity—hosting 62 percent of the country’s coral species, plus 14 species of whales and dolphins. Declared as the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) by...
ENDOWED with unique ecosystems of marine and terrestrial mountain lands, limestone mountains, islets and diverse fauna and flora, the Bai Tu Long National Park (BTLNP) joined the network of Asean Heritage Parks (AHPs)—the best of the best protected areas that preserve a complete spectrum of representative ecosystems in the Southeast...
‘FOLLOW me, humans.” No, this is not the title of a new movie or a Koreanovela. This is the winning photo for the Selfie category in the fourth annual photo competition “Selfie for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism 2017”. The photo by Cebu-based student Marrise Tumampos topped the 600 entries in...
Various Philippine stakeholders echoed the call for the protection and conservation of the country’s unique wildlife and ecosystem, amid threats that lead to the rapid rate of biodiversity loss. In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity, various stakeholders, led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),...
The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) joined the world in celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22. With the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”, this year’s celebration focuses on raising awareness about the key contributions of sustainable tourism to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable...
Established in 2002, the Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary, a local marine-protected area (MPA) in Masbate City, province of Masbate, is now considered a certified “tourist magnet” and one of the top ecotourism destinations in the Bicol region. Once in the brink of extinction because of rampant illegal and destructive fishing,...
Reaffirming its commitment to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable development globally, the European Union (EU) is supporting the Asean Biodiversity Heroes, a program designed to recognize outstanding individuals from the Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam who have contributed significantly to...
Philippine biodiversity offers potential leads for the development of pharmaceutical medicines in the country, according to an outstanding researcher who was recently awarded by the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP). “There are endemic plants, insects, marine organisms, minerals that could be sources of...
DAVAO CITY—The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) called for the adoption of climate resilience and green-growth approach for the development of Mindanao. This was made in the Conference on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Mindanao: Road Map to Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development held last week...
In the middle of a flooded forest, if the water is acidic and the color is somehow dark, like tea, it is not polluted. You may be in a peatland. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has identified nine peatland ecosystems in the country—mostly within protected areas or...
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