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Friday, March 24, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears. But the reef—and the profusion of sea creatures living near it—are in profound trouble. Huge sections of the...
NEWPORT, Rhode Island—The US Navy is enlisting the help of seals—but not the kind of highly trained special operatives with whom it usually associates. Real seals, specifically their whiskers, may be the key to a new way for ships and underwater vehicles to sense their environment, scientists think. When a...
Ocean conservation and protection is gaining momentum in the Visayas, with various stakeholders coming together to stop illegal fishing in Tañon Strait, one of the country’s major fishing grounds and home to amazing creatures of the sea. Pitching the call for stronger protection measures for the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape...
Seven of over 2,200 identified wetlands in the world as listed by the Ramsar Convention are in the Philippines. These are the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan; the Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park in Sulu; the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Agusan del Sur; the Naujan Lake...
Haribon Foundation kicks off the Biodiversity Fellows Program (BFP), a training course for local leaders and environmental officers in the municipalities surrounding the biodiversity-rich Naujan Lake National Park (NLNP) in Oriental Mindoro. BFP is a coaching and mentoring program that aims to train conservation leaders in effective management and protection...
WASHINGTON—The six ocean hot spots that teem with the biggest mix of species are also getting hit hardest by global warming and industrial fishing, a new study finds. An international team looked at more than 2,100 species of fish, seabirds, marine mammals and even tiny plankton to calculate Earth’s hot...
UNITED NATIONS—Kids growing up in the Seychelles think of the ocean as their backyard, says Ronald Jean Jumeau, the Seychelles ambassador to the UN. “Our ocean is the first and eternal playground of our children, they don’t go to parks, they go to the ocean, they go to the beach,...
SULUAN ISLAND, Eastern Samar—This easternmost island in the country may have been the first victim of a climate-induced disaster, but it recently made a strong statement to protect Mother Earth by adapting a low-carbon lifestyle. Since Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) first made landfall on this island over three...
Manila Water Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala led the lighting ceremony for the company’s pilot waste-to-energy (WTE) project recently at the South Septage Treatment Plant (SpTP) in Taguig City. He was joined by Manila Water President and CEO Gerardo Ablaza Jr., and members of the Senior Leadership Team and Mancom. The...
A rehabilitated juvenile Philippine Eagle was recently released to its habitat less than a month after it was found on Mount Busa, a key biodiversity area in Maitum town in Sarangani. The eaglet, named Sarangani Pride by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, was found dehydrated and malnourished in the upland village of...
While pursuing the strict implementation of Republic Act (RA) 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, the government is also looking at a quick-fix solution—by converting garbage into energy—to address the looming garbage and energy crisis in the Philippines. Environmental groups, however, said the waste-to-energy (WTE) scheme...
IS the Philippines ready for renewable energy (RE)? If Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez will have her way, there will be no new coal projects under her watch, as she vowed to help hasten the development of RE. Lopez had earlier declared that Palawan, the country’s last ecological frontier,...
WASHINGTON—Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather. On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers estimate. Some places will get...
DONALD J. Trump’s nominee to lead the Interior Department broke with the president-elect’s portrayal of climate change as a hoax, arguing that he has seen tangible evidence the world is warming. “The climate is changing; that’s indisputable,” Rep. Ryan Zinke, a Republican from Montana, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources...
THE year 2016 saw the country witnessing a major policy shift, leaning toward environmental protection vis-à-vis natural-resource exploitation. President Duterte, the country’s 16th president, made several tough policy pronouncements—including the launching of an all-out war against large-scale mining that causes massive destruction of the environment—during the first six months of...
More than 15 awards and citations were conferred in 2016 by prestigious international and local organizations, led by Condé Nast Traveler and the World Travel Awards, to El Nido Resorts, a group of island resorts in Palawan. According to El Nido Resorts Marketing Director Joey Bernardino, the awards mostly focus...
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas—Earl Hatley, a descendant of the Cherokee/Delaware tribe, has witnessed the consequences of using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on his native land to produce shale gas. “Fracking is harmful to water supplies, wildlife and property values. It has caused earthquakes where there were none. Since 2007, it began...
BEIJING—Other investors are wary of Brazil, but when Duke Energy wanted to sell 10 hydroelectric dams there, a Chinese utility shrugged off the country’s economic turmoil and paid $1.2 billion to add them to an energy empire that stretches from Malaysia to Germany to the Amazon. State-owned China Three Gorges...
IN the American imagination, Cuba evokes a scant handful of trademark sights and sounds: sugarcane, rum, 1950s Fords and Chevys, the Buena Vista Social Club. Cigars, of course. And for the last half-century and more, Fidel Castro. But the island—or islands, more than 4,000 of them—is also a great natural...
DAVAO CITY—A riverbank-reforestation project in the northern hinterland here was recognized as the best community-rainforestation initiative. The reforestation project in the section of the Panigan-Tamugan River in the Talomo-Lipadas watershed in Baguio district was started and nurtured by a member of the barangay police. The Interface Development Interventions (Idis) and the...