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Are there enough green space in so-called urban jungles in the Philippines? Apparently none. As the Philippines embark on building spree, EarthThink, an advocacy and resource center that ventures in scientifically, economically and socially viable changes and solutions for sustainable and resilient communities, is pitching the preservation and improvement of...
The Duterte administration may have to bank on its new-found friendship with China for financial and technical support to combat climate change, after US President Donald J. Trump withdrew from the Paris Agreement. “It will have a big impact. Globally, China, the United States is one of the biggest...
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump said the US “will continue to be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on Earth” as he announced a US pullout from an international accord designed to curb climate change. But facts muddy that claim. Data show the US is among the dirtiest countries when it...
Can mining be done responsibly? Can mining go “green”? More important, can communities benefit from large-scale mining operations? For mining-affected communities in Aroroy, Masbate province, anything is possible. Valentin Alonzo, chairman of Barangay Syndicate and president of the Association of Barangay Captains in Aroroy, said that communities can benefit and actually...
Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Water.org and WaterLinks pool their resources to connect at least 1,500 low-income families to the piped water system of Laguna Water by September 2017. The joint project, dubbed as “Water Connect” that will be piloted in Laguna province, aims to support Filipino families who do not...
The invasive growth of paper mulberry tree may soon end through the project, “Processing and wood quality evaluation of paper mulberry for furniture, handicrafts and other by-products.” Funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), the...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—When researchers traveled to a tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they were astonished to find an estimated 38 million pieces of trash washed up on the beaches. Almost all of the garbage they found on Henderson Island was made from plastic. There were...
VIENNA, Austria—It may be the 21st century but more than 3 billion people still use fire for cooking and heating. Of those, 1 billion people have no access to electricity despite a global effort launched at the 2011 Vienna Energy Forum to bring electricity to everyone on the planet. “We...
President Duterte’s appointment of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Roy Cimatu as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday has put an end to speculations on who will replace environmental advocate Regina Paz L. Lopez. Cimatu’s appointment was made just...
Environmental advocates were jubilant when President Duterte announced the appointment of Regina “Gina” Paz L. Lopez to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). For a change, they said an environmental advocate, more than a technocrat, will head the agency mandated to manage the country’s natural wealth. The feisty Lopez...
UNITED NATIONS—The UN marked the first World Tuna Day on Tuesday with calls to conserve one of the globe’s most popular fish to be caught and eaten. General Assembly President Peter Thomson said tuna species, which are highly migratory, account for 20 percent of the value of all fish caught...
WASHINGTON—More than 1,000 US companies, including some of the nation’s largest manufacturers, are urging Congress to preserve the 25-year-old Energy Star program to promote efficiency in home and business products. President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for Energy Star, which encourages efficiency in major appliances, office equipment,...
The creation of one of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world began around 250 million years ago. Bacuit Bay, which hosts three of the four El Nido Resorts in Northern Palawan, was then part of the Asian mainland, the island-resort guides tell their guests. Eventually, the Bacuit...
In its home city of Davao, the Phoenix Philippines Foundation, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines’s corporate social responsibility arm, has extended support to the Davao City Water District by adopting a hectare of land in the Malagos Watershed Reservation. The facility enables water to be supplied in parts of the Third...
BEIJING—China’s conversion of coal into natural gas could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. But there’s a catch: As the country shifts its use of vast coal reserves to send less smog-inducing chemicals into the air, the move threatens to undermine efforts to rein in greenhouse-gas...
DAVAO CITY—The city government here has warned mountaineers not to use the Mount Talomo trail in their summer climb to the country’s highest peak, despite the controversial green light to reopen the mountain to regular climb after last year’s forest fire. In a statement released by the city government and...
As tens of thousands are drawn to beautiful beaches to beat the summer heat, a growing number of nature lovers are looking for other adventures, such as climbing some the country’s peaks. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called on the public to have a worthwhile summer vacation...
People who crave for exotic food find sharks and rays as special treats. The meat of these rare fish species are discreetly sold in the market, unlike the ordinary fish caught in the ocean. Sharks and rays are feared because of their sheer size and appearance. This, however, does not...
They may not be the most popular, but sardines are the most abundant of all fish species, and they have been part of the human diet for a long time. Because of their abundance, they are a very important family of epipelagic fish among the most commonly caught fish...
A mining company, wary of the huge responsibility to protect its immediate environment, has been proactive in accounting the stock on natural capital within its concession and neighboring areas with the aim of leaving a sustainable habitat once its mining operation ceases. The Philsaga Mining Corp. (Philsaga) in Agusan del...
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