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Thursday, April 27, 2017
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...
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is eyeing the promotion of “green economy models” (GEMs) to provide transition to the agency’s programs and projects to give premium to the environment while providing well-paying and decent jobs. DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2017-08, signed by Environment Secretary Regina Paz L....
GIGANTES ISLANDS—While ecotourism is one of the country’s economic growth drivers, experts warned that once unregulated, it can adversely impact the environment, disturb or destroy ecosystems and lead to biodiversity loss, experts said. This is the concern raised in the case of Gigantes, a group of islands and islets near...
TAGUM City is expanding the artificial coral reef within its 22-hectare marine-protected area (MPA), which it considers a big boost to the local fishermen’s productivity. Over the last decade, Tagum City has allocated over P10-million budget for its marine-conservation project. In a statement, Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon said...
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,...
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