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Friday, January 20, 2017
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...
LEADING telecommunications company Globe Telecom, together with its thousands of iPhone 7 customers, collaborated with Hineleban Foundation Inc. on the rainforestation of six mountain ranges of Mindanao as part of the company’s commitment to sustainable development and good corporate citizenship. At the same time, Globe signed a memorandum of agreement...
CHRISTMAS is the season of generosity, but it doesn’t mean we should go on endless shopping sprees and host furious binge parties every night. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) estimates that humanity is currently using the resources of 1.6 planets, meaning many of its resources are no longer...
CONCERNED government agencies, local government units (LGUs), fishing industry stakeholders and civil-society organizations (CSOs) reviewed and strengthened on Tuesday an enforcement plan to protect Tañon Strait from commercial, illegal and destructive fishing operations. The recent Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) Enforcement Summit reviewed and identified gaps to strengthen the Tañon...
A new government-supported scientific study is bound to change the way institutional investors look at opportunities in the energy, urban services and transport sectors. The Low Carbon Monitor (LCM) report by a climate science and policy institute, Climate Analytics, was launched by the United Nations Development Programme and the Climate...
CALI, Colombia—A global food watchdog works around the clock to preserve crop biodiversity, with a seed bank deep in the Colombian countryside holding the largest collection of beans and cassava in the world and storing crops that could avert devastating problems. Plants are the vital elements in our ecosystem that...
DAVAO CITY—The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) announced another successful breeding in captivity of a Philippine eagle—the 28th since the conservation program was started in 1969. The still unnamed eaglet was hatched with minimal assistance on November 4, after 56 days of incubation. It was 5 inches tall and weighed 488.3...
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The delegates to the third International River Summit (IRS) held here last weekend have resolved to achieve the common goals set for their respective rivers and watersheds, including that of the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals. The IRS took note of the thematic statements and recommendations generated...
CANBERRA, Australia—Warming oceans this year have caused the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Tuesday. The worst-affected area is a 700-kilometer swath in the north of the World Heritage-listed 2,300-km chain of reefs off Australia’s northeast coast, the Australian Research Council Centre...
DAVAO CITY—Organizers of the climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, have announced that the conference was able to deliver the goal of “putting substance” to the Paris Agreement on reducing ozone-depleting emission so that signatory countries “could fully implement them”. The local office of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines)...
‘Real ecotourism, like the Bohol model in Loboc River, can actually be good for Laguna Lake,” said Dr. Maria Victoria O. Espaldon, professor of the School of Environmental Science and Management and 2016 Outstanding Researcher of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). She emphasized the words “real” ecotourism...
DISCOVERY Communications recently announced a historic partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), through which Discovery will fund and help conserve nearly 1 million acres of protected habitat in India and Bhutan to protect and increase the wild tiger population. “The global movement to protect tigers just got 1 million...
MARRAKECH, Morocco—With climate change posing growing threats to smallholder farmers, experts working around the issues of agriculture and food security say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help them adapt to changing rainfall patterns. Most countries consider agriculture a priority when it comes to...
AN upland farmer who now has access to drinking water, a whale-shark guide who was able to send two of his children to college and a boatbuilder who helped rebuild boats in Leyte. They were just some of the faces featured by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines when...
PENANG—New research is showing that air pollution is a powerful silent killer, causing 6.5 million worldwide deaths, as well as being the major cause of climate change. Air pollution has emerged as a leading cause of deaths and serious ailments in the world. Emissions that cause air pollution and are...