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The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has a new home. The regional biodiversity center inaugurated its new building within the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus in Laguna recently. The historic event also saw the launching of ACB’s Asean Biodiversity Outlook 2 (ABO2) and the signing of the grant...
Recommendations, such as the revision of the list of threatened, endangered and critically endangered plants; simplification of the policies and protocols; revival of the Philippine Wild Flora Council; and the intensification of research and development (R&D) in Philippine native plants  and product development and its utilization, were among the...
The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) held its first Asean Biodiversity Heroes Awards and recognized 10 heroes from the Asean member-states for their inspiring stories and championing biodiversity protection and conservation in their respective countries. For ACB, a biodiversity hero could be a scientist, professional or a simple individual, who...
Polar ice caps in Antartic are said to be formed some 33.6 years ago. Several million years ago, the Earth had undergone natural climate phase. Layers of snow piled up and compressed together forming gigantic layers of ice. Scientist gradually studied patterns and sequence of weather conditions in that area....
Some P50 million worth of “hot logs” will be donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rehabilitation of Marawi City. Director Nonito Tamayo of the DENR’s Forest Management Bureau (FMB) said Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has ordered the DENR to prepare the deed of...
Sherwin de Vera, a vocal critic of destructive development projects, said he was not surprised when he was told by family and friends that a group of suspicious-looking men were looking for him on the University of Northern Philippines (UNP) campus in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, last week. The suspicious-looking...
SACRAMENTO, California—When California lawmakers backed a landmark law that seeks to combat global warming, the key support came from a surprising group of legislators: Republicans. As the GOP nationally looks to roll back climate policies, a contingent of California Republicans is tentatively embracing them in defiance of much of their...
WASHINGTON—Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950, and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study. Plastics don’t break down like other man-made materials, so three-quarters of the stuff ends up as waste in...
PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications and Ericsson recently formalized an agreement to develop an Internet of Things solution to help in the protection and conservation of mangroves in the Philippines. Smart and Ericsson officials sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Connected Mangroves project in the Philippines. Signing the MOU...
The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will inaugurate its new building on July 29 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna. The activity forms part of Asean’s golden anniversary celebration. “We dedicate the new ACB building to the present and future generations. It is a hallmark of...
Here’s more bad news about the pesky heavy traffic in Metro Manila. A recent study by technical experts commissioned by the civic group Kaibigan ng Kaunlaran at Kalikasan (KKK) said traffic jams continue to worsen air pollution in Metro Manila, exposing people to risks of acquiring cardiovascular diseases and...
A chunk of floating ice roughly the size of Delaware broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula this week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) confirmed on Wednesday, producing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded and providing a glimpse of how the Antarctic ice sheet might ultimately start...
The Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) recommended possible courses of action that government agencies can collaborate on to help improve the conditions of Laguna lake. The recommendations were borne out of consultations with various environmental experts. “Funding in the area of policy assessment and...
BORACAY ISLAND—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the residents, hotel and restaurant owners in this resort island to practice waste segregation effective immediately. DENR Regional Director Jim Sampulna said Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has issued a directive to rid Boracay of garbage by July 17.  “The DENR...
Haribon’s ROAD to 2020 forest restoration movement was awarded as the best environmental project in the Philippines by the Energy Globe during the recent celebration of World Environment Day. It bested more than 2,000 submissions from over 170 countries. The Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates (ROAD) to 2020 is an environmental...
HAVANA—A joint US-Cuban expedition to explore the island’s coral reefs uncovered a surprisingly healthy ecosystem and large schools of mackerel with significant commercial value, scientists involved in the mission said on July 4. The study also found alarmingly high numbers of invasive lionfish, which is not native to the Western...
A study conducted by the School of Environmental Science and Management (Sesam) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) uncovers the impact of urbanization on the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Cebu. The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS) located in Metro Cebu, a 5,800-hectare of low-lying areas of intertidal...
HARIBON’S Rainforestation Organizations and Advocates (ROAD) to 2020 forest-restoration movement was awarded as the best environmental project in the Philippines by the Energy Globe during the recent celebration of World Environment Day. It bested more than 2,000 submissions from over 170 countries. The ROAD to 2020 is an environmental-conservation movement...
FOUR Tañon Strait fisherfolk advocated for the conservation, coastal law enforcement and sustainable fisheries in the Visayas. Their selfless efforts did not go unnoticed. They were honored as Ocean Heroes during the recent ceremony held in Bacolod City. The 2017 Ocean Heroes are Virgilio Aviso, Renato Buenviaje, Jocelyn Moya-Hekrdle and...

The future we want

"We can be the first generation that ends poverty and the last one that can take steps to avoid the worst effects of climate change”—Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General from 2007 to 2016, once said. For many years, the international community has been looking for answers on how to create...
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