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Thursday, March 23, 2017
A group of islands—Gigantes Islands, or Islas de Gigantes in the municipality of Carles in Iloilo province—is known for its rich fishing ground. Lately, hordes of tourists in Carles visit Gigantes, which beauty was discovered by local and foreign tourists through word of mouth in the course of relief operations...
A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) committee of experts has announced new records for the highest temperatures recorded in the Antarctic region, as part of continuing efforts to expand a database of extreme weather and climate conditions throughout the world. Knowledge and verification of such extremes is important in the study...
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has recently donated the use of its extensive global transportation network to ship a giant panda from the United States to Chengdu, China. The giant panda Bao Bao landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu Airport onboard FedEx B777Freighter—known as the FedEx Panda Express—from Washington, D.C., in the US. Upon arrival, the panda...
Conclusion Water-resource management To prevent the further deterioration of the Abra River and the potential water-supply shortage in the future, the master plan came up with recommendations underscoring economic value in all its uses—promoting coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources within the Abra River Basin—without compromising...
First of Two Parts The government is pushing for integrated river management and development of the country’s major rivers to protect the country’s freshwater resources, and develop the country’s economic potential vis-à-vis the challenge posed by human pressure and changing climate. In 2012 the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),...
A farmers’ bamboo-propagation skills-building program has been carried out in Iloilo bamboo capital, Maasin town, as part of government’s target to plant bamboo on 3,898 hectares in Western Visayas. Farmers in Iloilo have started training on bamboo planting, having been encouraged of bamboo’s high return on investment and quicker payback...
THE Tañon Strait Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) executive committee approved the resolution to require the installation of monitoring technology in all commercial fishing vessels within the protected seascape. “We laud the move to require monitoring for all commercial fishing vessels along Tañon Strait. It is an effective tool to deter...
ON LAKE ATHANASIO, Louisiana—If you slurp oysters from the half-shell in New Orleans, you may be doing more than satisfying a culinary craving: You could be helping to construct reefs that environmental groups hope will save a bit of Louisiana’s coastline. Since 2014, restaurants have contributed nearly 2,600 tons...
Last week President Duterte ordered the creation of a tripartite committee to study the current log-ban policy and called an intensified campaign against illegal logging. The committee that will study the total log-ban policy is composed of the departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Agriculture (DA), and of the...
THE government has built a tree-seed center (TSC) in Minglanilla, within the 123-hectare Cebu Experimental Forest (CEF), to boost the germplasm for superior quality trees to ensure the sustainable supply of quality planting materials until 2028. The TSC within the CEF is the first in the Visayas. A similar TSC...
Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has ordered the closure of 23 mining operations and suspended five others for failing mining and environmental standards on February 2. According to Lopez, mining has only caused social injustice in many affected communities, as it causes massive environmental destruction and suffering to the...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) are eyeing to tap various stakeholders within the Laguna de Bay region to help revive the country’s largest freshwater lake. Environment Undersecretary Arturo T. Valdez, also the National Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force (NAECTF) head, said...
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), called for the protection of Tañon Strait against commercial fishers, and emphasized that overfishing could lead to ecosystem collapse. “We believe that commercial fishing in an unsustainable manner is one of the major threats to our...
The government has embarked on a massive demolition of illegal fish pens and fish cages in Laguna de Bay on Thursday. Environment Undersecretary Art Valdez, who is also the National Anti-environmental Crime Task Force (NAECTF) head, said as of 1 p.m. on Thursday around 100 hectares of the lake’s surface...
An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Thursday urged local government units (LGUs) to adopt and implement the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) 2016-2028 by integrating it in their respective development agenda. Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim of the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau...
BILLINGS, Montana—In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities. Over the past eight years, GOP...
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The world’s first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the US, has died at age 60, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said on Tuesday. Colo died in her sleep overnight, less than a month after her birthday, the...
THE global effort to protect and conserve biodiversity got a much-needed boost during the United Nations (UN) Biodiversity Conference in December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. The conference resulted in significant commitments for action on biodiversity, including agreements to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture and tourism sectors, said Director Theresa...
By Manuel T. Cayon | Mindanao Bureau Chief DAVAO CITY—A Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was rescued this week from what appears to be another attempt at hunting the bird despite the stringent law prohibiting it. Beth N. Ramos, information officer-designate at the Maitum municipal government in Sarangani province, said a farmer...
YADUA ISLAND, Fiji—Pita Qarau pulled his boat next to a turtle, which was trying desperately to flee the buzz of the boat’s noisy engine. The turtle, a female hawksbill, was surprisingly fast, capable of a top speed of about 15 miles per hour. But Qarau knew he could win the...