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Monday, February 20, 2017
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...
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...