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Mother and son in viral video punished for littering in Caloocan

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Caloocan City government orders Maria Elena Paras and son Ian to pay a fine, do community service, and attend a seminar for violating the law

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Why can’t the Philippines solve its trash problem?

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Seventeen years after its enactment, LGUs struggle to implement our solid waste management law

[OPINION] The water you drink and use – and why you should care more

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:00 PM

There are new emergent threats to water in the 21st century

SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT. Author [2-L] poses onstage during the Sustainability Summit 2018 hosted by Enderun CollegesPhoto by Nico Valdez/PH Lab

Ombudsman suspends Polangui mayor, 4 councilors

Jul 17, 2018 - 3:26 PM

For operating an open dumpsite, the Ombudsman suspends Mayor Cherilie Mella-Sampal and 4 Sangguniang Bayan members for one year

 An open dumpsite in Daraga Albay.(Rhaydz B. Barcia)

SBMA's cigarette butt campaign goes viral

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority's local campaign to buy dry cigarette butts for P300 per kilo has caught national and international attention

HEAVIEST BUTT CAMPAIGN. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Ecology Center's Heaviest Butt Campaign has gone viral. Photo from SBMA Ecology Center's Facebook page

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

DENR suspends garbage facility leaking waste into Manila Bay

Oct 08, 2017 - 12:48 PM

This comes after the firm's garbage transfer facility in Tondo was found to be leaking solid wastes into Manila Bay

Cimatu investigates dumping of solid waste into Manila Bay

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The Environmental Management Bureau has already summoned PHILECO officials to a technical conference on October 3

#IAmHampasLupa: Promoting farming, mindful eating on social media

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sustainable food production and consumption are crucial in reducing carbon footprint, thereby mitigating climate change

Chile's Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Indigenous people who live on Chile s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone covering an area of 720 000 square kilometers 280 000 square miles around the island

Makati's 2016 garbage hauling costs lowest since 2007 – COA

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The drop in expenses is attributed to the local government s environmental programs according to the Commission on Audit

ERC urged to reject Meralco's 7 coal power plants

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Civil society groups say the approval of Meralco s power supply agreements would lead to 3 551 megawatts of coal entering the pipeline

Civil society groups march to the Energy Regulatory Commission office to protest Meralco's application for coal plants across the country. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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

SANITATION. The Commission on Audit reveals 98% of barangays in Davao City failed to comply with the Solid Waste Management Act.

Cagayan de Oro to close illegal dumpsite, open new landfill in April

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The new landfill located in a 45 hectare property in Barangay Pagalungan is compliant with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

Trees are starting to grow at the rehabilitated part of the old city dumpsite which will be closed on April 15, 2017 while complete rehabilitation will continue this year. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Waste-to-energy technologies in PH? 'Go zero waste instead'

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is considering the adoption of waste to energy facilities in the country But environmental scientist Jorge Emmanuel explains why this may not be a good idea

DENR wants to shut down Payatas landfill by first quarter of 2017

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says they will no longer allow dumpsites near bodies of water

Cagayan de Oro officials asked to explain dumpsite violations

Oct 25, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Current and previous city officials are accused of violating the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act over the Zayas dumpsite

DUMPSITE DEPENDENT. At least 1,700 scavengers and garbage workers make a dangerous living from Cagayan de Oro's decades-old dumpsite. Photo courtesy of Bobby Lagsa

Envi groups: Declare 'marine peace park' in South China Sea

Sep 07, 2016 - 1:37 PM

The motion filed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature recommends the suspension of the exploitation of natural resources in the disputed sea

Reclamation activities in Gaven Reef as of December 12, 2014. Image courtesy Department of National Defense

Angara bill: Declare Pag-asa Island an ecotourism destination

Aug 27, 2016 - 1:28 PM

This would promote and develop the island cluster as a tourist destination while protecting its natural resources says the senator

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Eastern Visayas office face complaints over open dumpsites

May 28, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Letecia Maceda regional director of the Environmental Management Bureau says the mayors have 6 months to submit and implement their corrective action plans

STILL IN OPERATION. This photo shows one of the open dumpsites in Eastern Visayas. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

How El Niño threatens Southeast Asia’s food security now and in the future

May 17, 2016 - 5:56 PM

People’s lives have practically worsened says Wilhelmina Pelegrina Greenpeace Southeast Asia Food and Ecological Agriculture Coordinator

Tourism an inclusive business opportunity for PH

Feb 19, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Tourism is uniquely suited to creating widespread social impact Two homegrown firms show how to take advantage of it

Ombudsman to probe 600 local execs for illegal dump sites

Feb 10, 2016 - 12:32 PM

The Environmental Management Bureau has identified and submitted the list of 350 LGUs with recurring and blatant violations of open dump sites to the Ombudsman

OPEN DUMP SITE. Many local government units in the Philippines have yet to comply with the Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. File photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Call for applications: Biodiversity Reporting 101

Jan 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The Biodiversity Reporting 101 seminar workshop is open to interested participants

'Stop GMO policy integration' - environmental groups

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Environment and agriculture advocates question GMOs as the answer to food insecurity

RISK VS RETURN. Environment and agriculture groups do not think GMOs are worth any potential benefit the government says it will bring. Rappler file photo

‘Sampayan Blues’ exhibit ongoing in Baguio

Oct 20, 2015 - 7:50 PM

Sampayan Blues is the 9th solo exhibit cum installation of freelance writer painter and teacher Babeth Lolarga

Earth has 3 trillion trees – study

Sep 03, 2015 - 2:36 PM

But there is bad news the researchers report in the journal Nature

Trees tinged with autumnal colors in a forest in Thuengersheim, Bayern, Germany, August 11, 2015. Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/EPA

Art Writing Workshop in Baguio City

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:02 PM

Press Release: Maximum of 15 participants may register for the Art Writing Workshop on July 2015

Tagle on Pope's encyclical: Review policies, lifestyles

Jun 20, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges even non Christians to study Laudato Si a historic papal letter warning against climate change

CLOSE TO THE POPE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right), president of the Catholic Biblical Federation, addresses Pope Francis (left) during the pontiff's private audience with the CBF on June 19, 2015. Photo by Osservatore Romano/Handout/EPA

Pope cites Filipino bishops in historic encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 10:30 PM

In Laudato Si a global plea for action to prevent climate change from destroying the planet Pope Francis lifts from a pastoral letter published by the CBCP in January 1988

Pope Francis, wearing a plastic raincoat, waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Photo by Johannes Eiselle/AFP

FAQs: What's an encyclical?

Jun 18, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Rappler presents 7 frequently asked questions as the Vatican launches Pope Francis encyclical on ecology Laudato Si

PAPAL LETTER. A journalist reads Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate' (Charity in Truth) during a Vatican news conference for the release of the document on July 7, 2009. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Sungai di Surabaya tercemar pil KB hingga pembalut

Mar 23, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Anak anak di Surabaya menderita kanker dan sindrom lambat belajar yang diduga kuat akibat pencemaran sungai oleh bahan kimia dari limbah industri popok bayi dan pil kontrasepsi

Seorang peneliti melakukan survei pada warga yang tinggal di bantaran sungai di Surabaya, Jawa Timur. Foto oleh Ecogolical Observation and Wetlands Conservasi (Ecoton)

SC petition filed to shut down Payatas landfill

Mar 13, 2015 - 7:25 PM

A group of concerned residents is seeking a Writ of Kalikasan against government officials for allowing the Payatas sanitary landfill to operate despite violations of environmental laws

LOST IN THE LANDFILL. Most of the garbage generated by Quezon City residents end up in the Payatas landfill. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Indonesia is 2nd biggest source of plastic waste in seas

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:16 PM

A study estimates millions of tons of plastic waste get dumped into our oceans annually with Indonesia being the 2nd biggest contributor

PLASTIC, PLASTIC EVERYWHERE. An man collects plastic garbage at a polluted river in Jakarta in this 2008 file photo. Photo by EPA

PH among top nations dumping plastic into seas

Feb 13, 2015 - 3:15 AM

A study estimates millions of tons of plastic waste get dumped into our oceans annually with middle income nations – including the Philippines – among the top contributors

SEA OF WASTE. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay on 'Fifth International Plastic Bag-Free Day' in Manila, Philippines, July 3, 2014. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Angat rainforest park spotlights biodiversity hotspot

Dec 20, 2014 - 11:24 PM

The National Power Corporation launches the Angat Rainforest and Ecological Park which is seen to raise public awareness on preserving and protecting the watershed

RAINFOREST PARK. The Angat Rainforest and Ecological Park will raise public awareness on the importance of preserving and protecting a biodiversity hotspot. Photo from the National Power Corporation

Wildlife numbers halved over past 4 decades – WWF

Sep 30, 2014 - 7:13 AM

The 52 decrease confirms mankind is chomping through Nature s bounty much faster than the rate of replenishment the WWF warns

A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Earth's 6th mass extinction imminent – report

Jul 29, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Human activity is to blame based on a review by an international team of scientists

A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Garbage law impossible to implement? Look at San Fernando

Mar 15, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The city in Pampanga is the only LGU strictly adhering to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

BARANGAY REQUIREMENT. A materials recovery facility is where all the community's garbage is separated so that only residual trash ends up in the landfill. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

We need to pull together to save oceans – Kerry

Feb 26, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Kerry: We don t yet have the political consensus or the urgency translated into political action

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout photo received from Australian Institute of Marine Science on October 2, 2012 shows bleaching on a coral reef at Halfway Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.Photo by RAY BERKELMANS/AFP/AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE

Loss of large carnivores hurts ecosystems: study

Jan 10, 2014 - 8:34 PM

But the authors of the study say it will be very hard to convince people to accept a large scale restoration of large carnivore populations

Two cemeteries praised for 'Undas' solid waste management

Nov 02, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Although there were improvements in cemetery garbage disposal this year littering was still rampant an environmentalist group says

FILTH. Garbage causes flooding in Manila Memorial Park during Undas 2013. Photo by Krista Garcia/Rappler

Awakening consciousness in the time of climate change

Jul 25, 2013 - 6:00 PM

A teacher discusses the need to reawaken the value of values in her students

Effort to revive Galapagos tortoises once thought extinct

Jun 25, 2013 - 1:14 PM

A team of scientists is eyeing something of reverse natural selection: bringing back to life animals technically considered to have died out

GENTLE GIANT A Galapagos giant turtle (Geochelone nigra) remains in the shore of a small artificial lake, in San Cristobal island, Galapagos Archipelago, on September 1, 2009. Photo by AFP/Pablo Cozzaglio

The timeless echoes of freedom

Jun 12, 2013 - 3:44 PM

As we look deeper into the human spirit we will realize that real freedom is only possible when the human mind has become free from the limits of I and mine

FREEDOM TO DO GOOD. Freedom only becomes a value when it is balanced with responsibility

Earth Day and the ecology of consciousness

Apr 22, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Our capacity to change ecosystems is proportional to our capacity to change our own consciousness

IT STARTS IN YOU. The wellness of ecology begins within each of us. Photo from the Inner Space Manila Facebook page

New Zealand dolphin faces extinction, group warns

Feb 14, 2013 - 12:52 PM

Scientists have urged New Zealand to take immediate action to protect the critically endangered Maui s dolphin amid warnings the marine mammal could become extinct by 2030

'SAVE THE DOLPHINS' Campaigners attend a protest to protect the critically endangered Maui's dolphin, in front of Parliament House in Wellington on May 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE

Glenn Defense: SBMA suspension doesn't cover all our functions

Nov 24, 2012 - 2:41 PM

Glenn Defense Marine Asia will continue to operate and perform its other functions even after the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority SBMA has temporarily suspended them for illegal dumping of ship sewage in Philippine waters

Protesters 'occupy' SM Megamall

Apr 13, 2012 - 8:19 PM

Marching and yelling inside SM Megamall protesters oppose the cutting of 182 trees in Baguio for SM s mall expansion

OCCUPY SM. Protesters hold a lightning rally in SM Megamall to protest SM's cutting of trees in Baguio.