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The immortal plastic

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Why does plastic take so long to decompose when it is also made from fossil fuels which in turn come from once living organisms?

The immortal plastic

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – report

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Environment minister Michael Gove is due to present the government's keenly-awaited £3 billion ($3.9 billion, 3.4 billion euro) air pollution plan

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – report

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

A day after Duterte's SONA, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department is one with the President 'in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners'

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

No agri in SONA? Piñol says Duterte's style not to go into details

Jul 25, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the President talked about agriculture during the early part of his State of the Nation Address

No agri in SONA? Piñol says Duterte's style not to go into details

Duterte warns miners: Spend on rehab 'or I'll tax you to death'

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:58 PM

In his second State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte warns all mining operations and contractors 'to refrain from the unbridled and irresponsible destruction of our watersheds, forests, and aquatic resources'

Duterte warns miners: Spend on rehab 'or I'll tax you to death'

Extinction by people, for people and eventually, of people

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

So far we humans have done such a sweeping job of causing other species to vanish

Extinction by people, for people and eventually, of people

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

Jul 20, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found, large volumes of data showing a detailed picture of the sea floor had to be collected to guide the probe

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

Billions of tons of plastic trash accumulating on Earth

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:29 AM

More than 9.1 billion tons (8.3 metric tons) of it have been produced on Earth, with most dumped into landfills or the oceans

Billions of tons of plastic trash accumulating on Earth

Tell the #StoryOfTheNation through photos

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:58 AM

From the perspective of the people, what is the story of the nation? Tell us through images.

Tell the #StoryOfTheNation through photos

World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:50 PM

About 30% of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan, which lies in the temperate zone, suffered bleaching, researchers say

World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu's instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation 'off the hook'

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Cook Islands creates huge Pacific Ocean reserve

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Environmentalist Kevin Iro says the marine reserve, known as Marae Moana, would give the environment a chance to heal, allowing the islanders to protect their legacy

Cook Islands creates huge Pacific Ocean reserve

ADB warns climate change 'disastrous' for Asia

Jul 14, 2017 - 1:10 PM

'Unabated climate change threatens to undo many of the development advancements of the last decades, not least by incurring high economic losses,' says a report from the Asian Development Bank

ADB warns climate change 'disastrous' for Asia

PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:20 PM

At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016, according to environmental monitor Global Witness

PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report

2016 deadliest year for environment defenders – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:05 PM

At least 200 land and environmental defenders died in 2016, the deadliest year on record according to the latest report by environmental monitor Global Witness

2016 deadliest year for environment defenders – report

Top 4 ways to shrink your carbon footprint are often overlooked

Jul 12, 2017 - 10:27 AM

'Those of us who want to step forward on climate need to know how our actions can have the greatest possible impact'

Top 4 ways to shrink your carbon footprint are often overlooked

G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?

Jul 09, 2017 - 2:20 PM

G20 countries manage to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement

G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?

Stormy G20 ends with opt-outs for Trump on climate, trade

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:30 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders dance a delicate diplomatic waltz, with discord not only dogging the main G20 conferences, but also adding tension to the atmosphere in bilateral asides

Stormy G20 ends with opt-outs for Trump on climate, trade

Cimatu suspends Gina Lopez's order on ECCs

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says this move is consistent with the President's directive to fast-track the issuance of government permits and licenses

Cimatu suspends Gina Lopez's order on ECCs

Climate: Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The G20 group of major economies gathers in Hamburg amid a storm of geopolitical crises threatening to push climate change down the agenda

Climate: Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

Let's re-educate ourselves about the environment

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:59 AM

With the expected growth in population, how much more of this waste will be left in the streets in coming years?

Let's re-educate ourselves about the environment

Mexico to use dolphins to save endangered vaquita porpoise

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Scientists estimate there are just 30 remaining vaquitas, the world's smallest porpoise, a species found only in the waters of the Gulf of California

Mexico to use dolphins to save endangered vaquita porpoise

Environment groups file case vs DENR, DOE over coal plants proliferation

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The petitioners asks the Supreme Court to compel the two government agencies to do what laws require of them in regulating coal-fired power plants

Environment groups file case vs DENR, DOE over coal plants proliferation

Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

Jun 30, 2017 - 5:21 PM

President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations. He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary.

Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now

WATCH: Singapore zoo marks 44th birthday with feast for its orangutangs

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:26 AM

The Singapore Zoo celebrates its 44th birthday with a durian feast for its orangutang family, who are seen as mascots of the park

WATCH: Singapore zoo marks 44th birthday with feast for its orangutangs

Great Barrier Reef a $42-billion asset 'too big to fail' – study

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:25 PM

The study, based on 6 months' analysis, comes as the reef suffered an unprecedented second straight year of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change

Great Barrier Reef a $42-billion asset 'too big to fail' – study

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 26, 2017

Jun 26, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 26, 2017

Davao City spent P151M due to lack of waste segregation – COA

Jun 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Only 4 out of the city's 182 barangays maintain a materials recovery facility, which is required under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

Davao City spent P151M due to lack of waste segregation – COA

LOOK: Advocates form 'human leaf' to mark environment month

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:04 PM

371 participants from government agencies and non-government groups help form the 'human leaf'

LOOK: Advocates form 'human leaf' to mark environment month

Global pact on environmental rights to be presented to UN

Jun 25, 2017 - 8:06 AM

Politicians and legal experts launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment

Global pact on environmental rights to be presented to UN

Katsa bags to replace plastic bags in Boracay, Malay

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:30 AM

These reusable canvas or katsa flour bags are locally sourced and could inspire the communities in Malay to produce eco-friendly bags for tourists and residents

Katsa bags to replace plastic bags in Boracay, Malay

World's biggest fish market will be moved, says Tokyo governor

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Plans to uproot the more than 80-year-old market have been in the works for years, with advocates citing the need for upgraded technology as they pointed to Tsukiji's antiquated refrigeration systems

World's biggest fish market will be moved, says Tokyo governor

More killer heatwaves in countries like PH even with 2ºC warming cap – study

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:48 AM

In future, the tropics will be hit hardest, according to the study, which forecasts the number of 'deadly days' under 3 different carbon pollution scenarios

More killer heatwaves in countries like PH even with 2ºC  warming cap – study

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2017

Jun 19, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2017

France pledges $34 million for foreign climate experts

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:41 PM

French officials 'have decided to set up a priority research program for the fight against climate change,' says the environment ministry

France pledges $34 million for foreign climate experts

'Plankton explosion' turns Istanbul's Bosphorus turquoise

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:43 PM

A sudden change in the color of the Bosphorus Strait surprises Istanbul residents, with scientists putting it down to a surge in a species of plankton across the Black Sea

'Plankton explosion' turns Istanbul's Bosphorus turquoise

U.S. partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:39 AM

Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti: 'Italy and the overwhelming majority of countries regard Paris as irreversible and non-negotiable'

U.S. partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

CA junks environment protection plea vs Zambales mining firms

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Court of Appeals says a closure order issued by the environment department against the mining firms makes the petition moot and academic

CA junks environment protection plea vs Zambales mining firms

U.S. partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'Italy and the overwhelming majority of countries regard Paris as irreversible and non-negotiable,' says Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti

U.S. partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

Widespread mercury poisoning recorded in 2 Palawan villages

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the creation of a task force that will tackle the poisoning

Widespread mercury poisoning recorded in 2 Palawan villages

U.S. backs UN call to save oceans but no action on climate

Jun 10, 2017 - 3:37 PM

The UN's first-ever ocean conference opened June 5 under the shadow of the US exit from the 190-plus Paris agreement on climate change

U.S. backs UN call to save oceans but no action on climate

Alvarez, Aguirre, Comey | Evening wRap

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Alvarez, Aguirre, Comey | Evening wRap

DENR chief vows inquiry into Nickelodeon theme park in Coron

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the inquiry on the proposed plan is to ensure, at the outset, 'that we continue to conserve and protect this last bastion of coastal biodiversity in Palawan'

DENR chief vows inquiry into Nickelodeon theme park in Coron

In China, California governor calls for more climate action

Jun 06, 2017 - 9:34 PM

'There are still some in powerful places who are resisting reality, who are resisting the obvious science that we know governs our lives,' says California Governor Jerry Brown

In China, California governor calls for more climate action

UN chief: Save the oceans to avert 'global catastrophe'

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Guterres raises alarm over the state of the world's oceans, saying pollution, overfishing and climate change are causing severe damage and that 'the situation is getting worse'

UN chief: Save the oceans to avert 'global catastrophe'

The sun is setting on coal

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:56 PM

'For the Philippines, we have an opportunity today to reduce our reliance on foreign coal, and to ride the investment boom in clean energy'

The sun is setting on coal

WATCH: How to repurpose plastic bottles into ecobricks

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Plastic Solutions movement helps address the problem of plastic waste in Philippine seas

WATCH: How to repurpose plastic bottles into ecobricks

First UN talks to save oceans kick off June 5

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:55 AM

The Ocean Conference in New York June 5-9 attempts to rally nations big and small to make meaningful changes to preserve what is arguably the Earth's most important resource

First UN talks to save oceans kick off June 5

LOOK: Samar town rids coastal waters of plastic waste

Jun 03, 2017 - 6:01 PM

'It's a long-term effort to get rid of the single-use throw-away culture,’ says Pinabacdao Mayor Teodorico Mabag

LOOK: Samar town rids coastal waters of plastic waste

United States withdrawal from Paris Agreement may not be as bad as we think

Jun 03, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The US has blocked important decisions on climate finance, adaptation, and loss and damage. Without the US at the negotiating table, developing countries might even gain some leverage.

United States withdrawal from Paris Agreement may not be as bad as we think