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Environment group lauds VFA termination, cites toxic waste U.S. troops left behind

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Ending the key military pact with the US is the first step towards exacting justice for thousands of Filipinos whose health suffered because of the hazardous waste the US military left behind in its former bases, says Kalikasan

ENVIRONMENT HAZARD. The activist group Kalikasan lauds the termination of the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, which allowed for military exercises that were an environment hazard, the group says. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Crackdown on environmental defenders 'may lead to P1-T ecological damage yearly'

Feb 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment submits to the United Nations its own report on the human rights situation under the Duterte administration

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. The Philippines is the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist, according to the latest report of international nongovernmental organization Global Witness. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

G20 funds fossil fuels $30 billion a year under the radar – analysis

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:19 PM

The export credit agencies of G20 countries currently provide more than 10 times more state-backed finance to oil, gas, and coal projects abroad than they do to renewable energy schemes

Greta Thunberg says climate demands 'completely ignored' at Davos

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum). Of course these demands have been completely ignored. We expected nothing less,' the teenage climate activist said.

GRETA AT DAVOS. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) marches during a 'Friday for future' youth demonstration in a street of Davos on January 24, 2020 on the sideline of the World Economic Forum annual meeting. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

DENR, Customs officials face charges over Canada trash

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the officials violated the anti-graft law and the law prohibiting the importation of hazardous wastes

GOOD RIDDANCE. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, is given a "send-off" by Greenpeace activists on bancas in Subic Bay. Photo from Greenpeace

Global natural resource consumption tops 100 billion tons for first time

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Wealthy nations, the authors note, consume 10 times more resources per person than in the developing world, and produce far more waste

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/Shutterstock.com

Japan's rising political star Koizumi and celebrity wife welcome baby boy

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Shinjiro Koizumi, a potential future Japanese prime minister according to some opinion polls, say he and his wife Christel Takigawa are now parents of a baby boy

Combined photo shows Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi (L) and his wife TV personality Christel Takigawa. (For editorial use only) (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(Kyodo)

U.N. warns of 'much extreme weather' ahead after hottest decade on record

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:33 AM

Scientists stress the urgent need to do more to counter the warming trend

HEAT WAVE. This file photo is a general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. Photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

Unlike Boracay, Baguio won’t be closed to tourists during rehab period

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The rehabilitation of Baguio will start with the 3 T's: trees, traffic, and tourism

SUMMER CAPITAL. Baguio City. Photos by Mau Victa

2019 is 2nd hottest year on record – EU

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the 2016 level

Bangladesh court orders government to ban single-use plastics

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Pollution from single-use plastics is a major problem in Bangladesh, where nearly 170 million people live in a tiny sliver of low-lying land crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and tributaries

SINGLE-USE. A laborer arranges plastic bags used to carry industrial chemicals to dry next to the Buriganga river in Dhaka on November 21, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Climate change: 6 positive news stories from 2019

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Countries like Costa Rica offer us promising examples of the 'possible'

GREEN ENERGY. Hydroelectric power has helped Costa Rica ditch fossil fuels. John E Anderson / Shutterstock

German fireworks sales fizzle on climate anxiety

Dec 27, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Germany's fireworks festivities release some 5,000 tons of fine particulate matter into the air on a single night – equivalent to about two months of road traffic, according to a federal environment agency

The year the world woke up to the climate emergency

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Although scientists have warned for decades about the risk to humanity and Earth posed by unfettered burning of fossil fuels, in 2019 their message seems to have finally hit home

A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 13, 2019. - The preservation of Earth's pristine wildernesses and oceans, long treated as a separate issue to curbing climate change, is taking on more importance as scientists say they really need to go hand in hand. While the focus at COP25 in Madrid these past two weeks has been on climate change and the growing urgency to cut greenhouse gas emissions, organisers have made an effort to put the natural environment into the mix. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

WATCH: Top animal stories of 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:55 PM

A video looks back at how animals fared in the 2019

MARIAM. This file picture taken on May 24, 2019 shows Mariam the dugong as she is cared for by park officials and veterinarians from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre on Libong island, Trang province in southern Thailand. Photo by Sirachai Arunrugstichai/AFP

Hotter, faster, pricier: 10 records in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:59 PM

A look back at 10 new records in the year about to end

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) celebrates after busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12 2019 in Vienna. - Kipchoge holds the men's world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018. He tried in May 2017 to break the two-hour barrier, running on the Monza National Autodrome racing circuit in Italy, failing narrowly in 2hr 00min 25sec. (Photo by HERBERT NEUBAUER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT

[OPINION] Plastikang polisiya

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Nakalulungkot na tayong nagrereklamo tungkol sa lumalalang basura ay siya ring nagpaplastikan sa implementasyon ng polisiyang makakalutas sana sa nasabing problema

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

Solving climate crisis requires leadership – Bloomberg

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Beating climate change won't require a miracle, it won't require limitless resources, it will require leadership and common sense,' says Michael Bloomberg

LEADERSHIP. Child environmental activist from India, Licypriya Kangujam (L) and Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg slap hands during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center, in Madrid, on December 10, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

10 haikus for the planet we failed

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Our dying planet, remembered in Japanese poetry

EU to miss 2020 green goals – agency

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'While most of the 2020 targets will not be achieved, especially those on biodiversity, there is still a chance to meet the longer-term goals and objectives for 2030 and 2050,' the European Environment Agency says

Slash emissions now or face climate disaster, U.N. warns

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:28 AM

'We are not running out of time – we are already out of time,' says Alden Meyer, director of policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists

COA finds gov't on losing end of DENR property sale

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' sale of property at Eastwood 'favored the buyer' and caused a P31-million loss to the government

India's top court orders halt to stubble burning as Delhi chokes

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

India's Supreme Court says the capital's residents are 'losing precious years' of their lives, adding 'people are dying, this just cannot happen in a civilized country'

AIR POLLUTION. A volunteer from civil defense displays a placard after the local government ordered half of the city's private cars to be taken off the road based on an odd-even registration plate system to help reduce air pollution, in New Delhi on November 4, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

EU countries need better recycling – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 1:36 PM

'The EU must find circular and climate-friendly ways of managing its plastic waste e.g. by increasing reuse and recycling,' the European Environment Agency says in a statement

Forest ranger killed in Nueva Ecija

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Ronaldo Corpuz, a community environment and natural resources officer in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, is the 3rd environmental worker killed in 2019

Pope Francis demands 'predators' stop plundering the Earth

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Kaliwa Dam project earns environmental clearance despite alleged violations

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Indigenous communities are disappointed due to alleged violations in completing or fulfilling procedural requirements for the environmental compliance certificate of the Kaliwa Dam project

PROTESTING. Groups protest the Kaliwa Dam project in front of the DENR office. Photo courtesy of Stop Kaliwa Dam Network

Trudeau environment policy disappoints young Canada activists

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:24 AM

For activists, Justin Trudeau, who was a symbol of hope when he took office in 2015, is no longer a change agent but the man who didn't do enough for the environment

CRITICISM. In this file photo taken on August 26, 2019 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses media representatives at a press conference in Biarritz, south-west France, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

[OPINION] Planting a lot of trees will make money for cities

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:30 AM

What if we plant our trees in clusters, or line a kilometer with just one species, a sunny yellow tree for instance, in the tradition of the cherry blossoms? Wouldn’t that look amazing?

CHERRY BLOSSOMS. Cherry blossoms from the Tidal Basin area in Washington DC, USA. Photo by Nicolas Raymond from Bethesda, Maryland, USA/CC BY 2.0

‘Global effort needed to save migratory birds’

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Environment secretary Roy Cimatu gives call to action during opening of East Asian-Australasian Flyway Congress

SAVE MIGRATORY BIRDS. DENR Undersecretary Jim Sampulna, local officials and participants of the 2nd East Asian-Australasian Flyway Congress at L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City on Tuesday, October 8./Marchel Espina Photo

DENR suspends all dragon boat races in Boracay

Sep 27, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends all dragon boat race activities in Boracay in the wake of a deadly accident that claimed the lives of 7 members of a local dragon boat group

Trafficked to extinction

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:00 PM

This series will provide insights into a shadow economy that has thrived out of sight. Without intervention, these actions will drive pangolins to extinction.

TRAFFICKED TO EXTINCTION. Wildlife experts estimate that 9 out of 10 illegally trafficked pangolins are not detected by authorities. Photo by Tsai Yao-Cheng/The Reporter

'How dare you?' Greta Thunberg asks world leaders at U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:44 PM

'You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing,' says Thunberg

'WE'LL BE WATCHING YOU.' Greta Thunberg speaks at the United Nations where world leaders are holding a summit on climate change on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

'Largest polar expedition in history' to probe Arctic climate

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:32 PM

'The Arctic is the epicenter of global warming, it is the part of our planet which warms most rapidly, where the warming rates are at least twice the global average,' says mission leader and atmospheric scientist Markus Rex

MISSION. The German icebreaker and research vessel Polarstern will soon embark on an expedition to the Arctic where the goal is to become ice-solid and drift with the ice. The expedition, called MOSAiC, aims to observe the epicenter of global warming like no one has done before. Photo by Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/NTB Scanpix/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth call for urgent action as global climate strike begins

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The global climate strike urges everyone to join the youth in demanding climate justice, and put pressure on politicians and companies to set more effective measures to preserve the environment

Ateneo community and other participants gather at Gate 2.5 to join the Global Climate Strike. Photo by Dom Aumentado/Rappler

'Millions' protest in youth-led global climate strike

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) From Sydney to Seoul, Manila to Mumbai, children heed the rallying cry of fellow teen activist Greta Thunberg and shut their textbooks in a collective call to action

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE. Environmental activists hold a protest rally at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on Friday, September 20, 2019, to mark the weeklong Global Climate Strike. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Indonesia haze reaches Metro Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The environment department recommends that residents minimize outdoor activity as air pollution in Cebu City is already above safe levels

HAZE. Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires – Jokowi

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

During a visit to Riau province in central Sumatra, President Joko Widodo says nearly 6,000 troops have been sent to hot spots to help put out fires

FOREST FIRES. Motorists make their way along a street in Kampar, Riau on September 17, 2019 which is covered in thick haze. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Singapore air 'unhealthy' ahead of Formula One race

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Singapore suffers from the smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia

SINGAPORE SKYLINE. Singapore suffers from haze brought by forest fires in Indonesia. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power

Sep 12, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The comments from Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star and son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, are his first on the controversial issue since he was named in a cabinet reshuffle

DANGEROUS. A staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

Environmental groups urge gov't to block coal plant in Palawan

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Green Thumb Coalition calls for a shift to renewable energy in view of the current climate emergency

BAN COAL PROJECTS. Members of the Green Thumb Coalition called for a total moratorium on coal projects in the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Amazon wildfires 'acute emergency,' belongs on G7 agenda – Germany

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's bid at rallying world leaders on the issue has been immediately blasted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who accused the G7 summit host of having a 'colonialist mentality'

PROTEST. A man walks past protestors as they hold posters highlighting environmental hazard, wildfires and deforestation of the Amazon outside the Brazilian embassy in Mumbai on August 23, 2019. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

[OPINION] 'Never feel small': What I learned as Gina Lopez's executive assistant

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:08 PM

More often than not, bosses complicate our lives, scare the hell out of us, and make us want to go to therapy. But let me tell you a story of a 'boss' who changed it all.

Wildlife meet mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The devastation caused to many species by poaching and booming illegal wildlife trade will be in the spotlight during a meeting of conservationists and policymakers in Geneva

ELEPHANT IVORY. A girl holds up an elephant's ivory tusk during a ceremony by authorities to destroy confiscated ivory and wildlife parts in Yangon on March 3, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

Public hearings on Kaliwa Dam set for August

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The public hearings, organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will be held in Quezon and Rizal

'SAVE OUR FUTURE.' Indigenous peoples from Quezon and Rizal march to oppose the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo courtesy of Leandro Miguel Novero

DENR, Aklan gov't to help in Boracay garbage hauling payment

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The Malay government is facing difficulty in paying ECOS P95 million for its collection, hauling, and dumping services from January to June 2019

Stranded juvenile whale shark dies in Masbate

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Officials say a local saw the butanding trying to swim back after being beached but the low tide had set in fast, preventing it to go back to the waters

BEACHED.  A juvenile whale shark is seen beached on the shoreline of Sitio Laao, Barangay Pawikan, Cataingan town in Masbate. Photo courtesy of Nonie Enolva/BFAR