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Eco group slams Mimaropa Festival's balloon releasing activity

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'Releasing balloons into the air is no laughing matter, especially for marine animals who bear the brunt of this wasteful practice,' says zero waste campaigner Daniel Alejandre

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

Masbate town hopes reef balls will revive endangered corals

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Some 300 reef balls out of a targeted 1,000 are scattered to hasten the coral regeneration in Masbate's Colorada Marine Protected Area

Port Barrera, Tigbao village, Masbate. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

How a plan to save Kenya's rhino left 11 dead in historic blunder

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Eleven of Kenya's precious black rhinos were transferred to a new home in what was supposed to be a routine operation in a country fabled for its conservation. So how did all of them end up dead?

SAVING RHINOS. Kenya's Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala (L) looks on as Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) personnel subdue a sedated black rhinoceros at the Nairobi National Park on June 26, 2018 as they prepare to translocate it to Tsavo National Park where some 11 of the critically endangered animals were translocated from Nairobi and Nakuru and ended up dead due to harsh conditions. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Science hope for threatened koalas

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:33 PM

'The genome has allowed us to understand the koala immune genes in detail for the first time,' says a co-author of the study

HOPE. In this photo taken on April 28, 2016, a koala feeds at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

IN PHOTOS: The state of Manila Bay

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:39 PM

June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day to celebrate our shared oceans and their importance in everyday life. How much love and care have we given Manila Bay?

Residents from the poor communities of Metro Manila beat the summer heat by taking a dip along the a reclaimed shoreline in Baseco, Tondo

Australia pledges half a billion to restore Great Barrier Reef

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The World Heritage-listed site is reeling from significant bouts of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change

IN DANGER. An aerial view of a section of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy Ed Roberts/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Violent winds topple stone pillars at Taj Mahal complex

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:42 PM

'Two decorative pillars collapsed last night amid high-velocity winds. One of the pillars stood at the royal gate, and the other at the southern gate,' says an official from the Archaeological Survey of India

CRASH. People gather around base of the Royal Gate entrance at the Taj Mahal complex next to a fallen pillar that collapsed during a storm in Agra on April 12, 2018. AFP

Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

Mar 31, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A fleet of five whalers set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, as Tokyo pursues its "research whaling" in defiance of global criticism

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Vigan’s Semana Santa: Between now and 130 years ago

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Vigan Conservation Complex has a booth for ‘pasyon’ sing-along, except it’s open only on request. Still, the city continues with its century-old Holy Week traditions.

Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya – keepers

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Theoretically, the death of the last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, assures the extinction of this subspecies of rhino

SUDAN. In this file photo, a caregiver calms Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, on December 5, 2016, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

UK Labour pressures PM with Brexit customs union call

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe'

CALL FOR CUSTOMS UNION. Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on Brexit at Coventry University in Coventry on February 26, 2018. Ben Stanstall/AFP

NBA: LeBron James fires back at conservative critics

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:57 AM

The 14-time NBA all-star responds to comments by Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham who said sports stars should stay out of politics, claiming James should "shut up and dribble"

CRITICS. LeBron James speaks out against criticisms that sports stars should refrain from commenting on political issues. Photo by Adam Glanzman/AFP

Marine scientist calls for stronger action to protect Philippine seas

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Marine scientist Dr. Daniel Pauly says that their report has shown that the catch of fisheries across the globe is not only much higher than what is being reported by FAO – it has also been declining in the past two decades.

British PM suffers defeat in Brexit bill

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:47 AM

The defeat is a blow to Theresa May the day before EU leaders gather in Brussels to approve the terms of an interim Brexit deal struck last week after months of negotiation

EU AND UK. Pro-EU anti-Brexit demonstrators wave an EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 13, 2017 as MPs debate a proposed amendment to the EU Withdrawl Bill. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

The week in photos: November 11-17, 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 2:06 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates watch the performance of the Philippine Ballet dancers during the Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017.World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS

Dozens of alligators captured prior to child's death at Disney

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:53 AM

In the 15 months before an alligator dragged two-year-old Lane Graves underwater on June 14, 2016, 45 of the reptiles were captured on Disney property

WARNING. Newly installed signs warn of alligators and snakes on a closed section of beach following the death of a 2-year-old boy who was killed by an alligator near a Walt Disney World hotel on June 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

UK government under pressure to publish Brexit papers

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The opposition Labour party tables the 'humble address' motion in which they call for the government to publish its assessment of 58 sectors, including tourism and nuclear

Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Host country the Philippines lobbies for the inclusion of the whale shark, which has become a major tourist attraction

ADDED PROTECTION. Whale sharks are among the animals that received added protection at the Conservation of Migratory Species held in Manila. File photo by Gonzalo Araujo

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:29 PM

Officials say Russia and China were key stumbling blocks, worried about compliance issues and fishing rights

EAST ANTARCTICA. This undated handout picture released by the Pew Charitable Trust on October 28, 2017 shows an ice wall in East Antarctica. Photo by John B. Weller/Pew Charitable Trust/AFP

WATCH: A look at Taal Volcano’s sustainable ecotourism

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Taal Volcano's protected landscape is proof that tourism can be sustainable

UNEP: 'We need to speed up' on climate change

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

Bring politics of biodiversity at same level as climate change – UNEP

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:12 PM

'Every other nation [has] accepted the climate message, and we should be at the same place by 2020 with biodiversity,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim at an international wildlife conference in Manila

BIODIVERSITY. In this file photo, Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, speaks during the official opening of the 28th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali on October 13, 2016. File photo by Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

PH urges nations to conserve intertidal wetlands for migratory species

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:32 PM

'If we want to protect our migratory species, it is important that we look at their habitats as well,' an environment official says as the Philippines hosts an international wildlife conference in Manila

DRAFT RESOLUTION. The Philippines has proposed the promotion of the conservation of critical intertidal and other coastal habitats for migratory species during COP12. File photo from the CMS-COP12 website

Small nations, big lessons

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Being ambitious is not a bad thing. Small in geography need not mean 'small-country mentality and policies.'

Britain's May downplays notion of party divisions over Brexit

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Her remarks in Ottawa come after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stirred up colleagues and put pressure on May by laying out his own vision for Brexit

MAY IN CANADA. British Prime Minister Theresa May inspects the honor guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, September 18, 2017. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Britain's Big Ben to fall silent for 4 years

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

It will be the longest period that Big Ben has been silent in its 157 year history

SILENT. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as "Big Ben" seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:05 PM

To save the nearly extinct gharials or fish eating crocodiles conservationists bring together a male and a female hoping they will mate

A 36-year-old female Gharial crocodile is released in the zoo of Bangladesh's northeastern city of Rajshahi o August 13, 2017. Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species.   / AFP PHOTO / -

WATCH: How sharks are killed at Pasay market

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Of the country s approximately 200 shark and ray species only two are protected by Philippine laws

CRUEL KILLING. Video shows the cruel killing of a grey carpetshark at a live market in Pasay, Manila

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity releases the second edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook as it opens its new headquarters in UP Los Baños

Struggling British PM faces confidence vote

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:06 PM

UPDATED Members of the House of Commons will vote on the Conservative leader s legislative plans – the Queen s Speech – in a key test of whether she can stay in power

MAY'S PARLIAMENT TEST. British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on the government's plans for Brexit at Lancaster House in London on January 17, 2017. File photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

May strikes power deal with Northern Ireland's DUP

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:07 PM

The agreement with the ultra conservative Northern Irish party is signed after more than two weeks of negotiations following her disastrous showing in the June 8 general election

WE'VE GOT A DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) shakes hands with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (C) as they arrive for a meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 26, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Brexit laws head agenda for UK's 'zombie government'

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED The British parliament opens in the aftermath of an election that weakened Prime Minister Theresa May s authority and tragedies that have shaken the nation

AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits alongside her son Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. Carl Court/Pool/AFP

'Somber' Britain prepares for historic Brexit talks

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:09 PM

The government s current weakness has fueled criticism of its approach to Brexit and given rise to notions that the government might pursue a softer tone

UNION JACK. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain, EU in suspense as May tries to strike power deal

Jun 14, 2017 - 1:03 PM

May lost her parliamentary majority in last week s election and is now desperately seeking the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland s ultra conservative Democratic Unionist Party

AT THE COMMONS. In a still image take from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) via Parliament TV on June 13, 2017 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in central London on June 13, 2017 during the process of starting a new parliament. PRU/AFP

Britain's May apologizes to own MPs for election 'mess'

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:01 AM

I got us into this mess and I m going to get us out May tells Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after hosting a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM's top aides quit after election disaster

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Senior members of the ruling Conservative party have reportedly made the departure of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill a condition of allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to stay on after losing her parliamentary majority

ELECTIONS. In this file photo British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, southwest of London, January 9, 2017. File photo by Steve Parsons/AFP

British PM regroups after election setback

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED The firestorm of criticism continues unabated after May announced she would keep her ministerial team unchanged and planned to stay in power with the aid of a small Northern Irish party

BACK AT NO. 10. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip are welcomed into number 10 Downing Street by the staff, June 9, 2017, Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Defiant May vows to stay on despite UK election blow

Jun 09, 2017 - 9:01 PM

We will fulfill the promise of Brexit May says after meeting Queen Elizabeth II to seek permission to form a new government despite losing her majority in a snap general election

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP

Theresa May: Steady leader who gambled and lost

Jun 09, 2017 - 2:40 PM

May s astute political instincts served her well in running the country but the election campaign exposed her awkward public manner to the country at large

WALKING OUT? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a polling station after casting her ballot paper in Sonning, west of London, on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election may delay Brexit talks, soften tone – experts

Jun 09, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government if her Conservative party loses its overall majority as an exit poll and near complete results indicate

GLOOMY WEATHER. The Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are seen from the south bank of the river Thames in central London on June 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 9, 2017

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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A hung parliament in Britain?: What happens next

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The United Kingdom officially has a hung parliament Here is what would happen next

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as 'Big Ben' seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Uncertainty in UK as May tipped to lose majority

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:35 AM

UPDATED The election comes at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union the first country to leave the 6 decade old bloc

WHO'S GOING TO LEAD? This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L), Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R), Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L), and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R). AFP photos

In shadow of terror, British election tighter than expected

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:43 PM

While most still expect a Conservative victory predictions of the margin vary widely and one shock forecast model even predicted May could lose her majority of 17 in the 650 seat House of Commons

VOTING BEGINS. A woman arrives at a Polling Station to cast her ballot paper and vote in London on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain braces for election in wake of terror attacks

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing

POSITION IN PERIL? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses supporters at a campaign event in Slough in south-east England on June 6, 2017. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP