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Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:03 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments came admi the UN climate talks in Poland, where 200 nations gather to agree on a rulebook on the 2015 climate accord

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

French government yields on fuel price hikes after weeks of protest

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Environment Minister Francois de Rugy announces that an increase scheduled for January is 'scrapped for the year 2019' in its entirety

YELLOW VEST. In this file photo, a man holds a flare on November 17, 2018 in Paris, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called 'yellow vest' (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. File photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

CO2 emissions up 2.7%, world 'off course' to curb warming

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Research shows rapid deployment of solar and wind power, along with gains in energy efficiency, have been outpaced by growth in demand for freight, personal transport, shipping, and aviation

India pollution watchdog fines Delhi over toxic smog

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The National Green Tribunal penalizes the capital administration for its lack of oversight after it has emerged some polluting industries are still burning harmful waste in the open

SMOG. An Indian shepherd walks along his herd of sheep amidst heavy smog conditions in New Delhi on November 12, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

El Nido rehab to focus on water quality, coastal easement, carrying capacity

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte's environment, tourism, and interior secretaries assure the residents of this Palawan town there will be ‘no closure but only rehab’

NO CLOSURE. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the tourism town of El Nido will be rehabilitated in 6 months. Photo courtsey of Department of Tourism

Global warming outpaces efforts to slow it – U.N.

Nov 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

To cap global warming at 2ºC, national carbon-cutting pledges annexed to the 2015 Paris Agreement must collectively triple by 2030

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

Biggest coral reseeding project launches on Great Barrier Reef

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:17 PM

'This is the first time that the entire process of large scale larval rearing and settlement will be undertaken directly on reefs on the Great Barrier Reef,' says one of the project leaders

CORAL RESEEDING. This undated handout from James Cook University and Biopixel released on November 28, 2018 shows scientists working on a coral reseeding project to regenerate coral on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AFP PHOTO / JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY & BIOPIXEL

DENR, DILG, DOT chiefs to map out El Nido rehabilitation plan

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will be in El Nido town on November 28 to meet with local officials

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Trump says he doesn't believe own government's climate warning

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'I don't believe it,' President Donald Trump says at the White House, adding that the United States will not take measures to cut emissions if the same is not done in other countries

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

South Korea to take back trash 'as soon as possible'

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:40 AM

South Korea commits to take back the waste dumped in Misamis Oriental and vows to prevent similar incidents from happening again

Pro-environment group wants case filed vs South Korean garbage importer

Nov 21, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Cagayan De Oro-based Pinoy Aksyon asks BOC and DENR to file charges against Verde Soko which imported 5,100 tons of trash from South Korea

OPPA, TAKE BACK YOUR TRASH: Environmental advocates urge the Philippine government to file a diplomatic protest to the government of South Korea, and to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment to prohibit waste importation in the country.

Activists board ship off Spain in palm oil protest – Greenpeace

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:30 AM

According to Greenpeace, the ship is carrying 'dirty palm oil' products, or those linked to mass deforestation

PROTEST. Greenpeace activists board a tanker ship transporting palm oil from Wilmar, the largest palm oil producer in the world. Photo from Greenpeace Spain's Facebook page

Rehabilitation set for 'overcrowded' El Nido, Palawan

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

But unlike Boracay, El Nido will not be closed to tourists. The government will only shut down establishments with violations.

Garbage from Korea more manageable than Canada case – DENR

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says there is 'no need to worry' and he will see to it that the garbage is shipped back to South Korea

DENR targets full El Nido cleanup by end-2018

Nov 13, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Environment officials say erring business owners have been given enough time to comply with environmental rules and regulations

EL NIDO COASTLINE. A view of the El Nido coastline years before the DENR clean-up. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons

Duterte to Palawan hotels, resorts: 'Follow rules' to avoid another Boracay

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'I'm putting on notice everybody,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech at a festival in Puerto Princesa City

UNDERGROUND RIVER. The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, June 21, 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Mike Gonzalez.

U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The ruling by Judge Brian Morris of the US District Court for the District of Montana deals a stinging setback to Trump and the oil industry and serves up a big win for conservationists and indigenous groups

NO. In this file photo, demonstrators march to the Federal Building in protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order fast-tracking the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 2017. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

El Nido to resolve overcrowding in Small, Big Lagoons

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:01 AM

Local officials hold a dry run of a proposal to limit the number of tourists and kayaks that can enter the lagoons

Tension eases in Boracay: Singaporean businessman apologizes to DENR official

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'There are some who make friends and quarrel later, but we quarreled and became friends,' says businessman Peter Tay after patching things up with DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda

NEW FRIENDS? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay apologizes to DENR Usec Benny Antiporda. Photo from Tay's Facebook page

Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Boracay tension: Singaporean businessman 'assaulted' by DENR undersecretary?

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says Boracay businessman Peter Tay 'humiliated' himself, but admits to shoving Tay when tensions rose

PUBLIC HUMILIATION? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay says DENR Undersecretary publicly humiliated him in a meeting on Boracay businesses. Background photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Antipoda's and Tay's photos from their Facebook pages

Wind farm 'predator' effect hits ecosystems – study

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

An international team of scientists finds that predatory raptor birds are 4 times rarer in areas of plateau where wind turbines are present

Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:17 PM

New research published in the journal Nature finds that nearly 3 quarters of the wilderness that's left belongs to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and the United States

DEFORESTATION. This file photo shows a rainforest jungle in Borneo, Malaysia, destroyed to make way for oil palm plant. Shutterstock photo

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro huddles with his inner circle at the home of a wealthy backer in Rio de Janeiro to start forming what advisor Gustavo Bebianno calls 'a combat vanguard' for the new administration

PRESIDENT-ELECT. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Nature pushed to the brink by 'runaway consumption'

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:47 AM

WWF's 'Living Planet' reports says that from 1970 to 2014, 60% of all animals with a backbone were wiped out by human activity

WILDLIFE WOES. Elephants walk to a watering pan in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

DENR fines 209 Boracay establishments

Oct 29, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says 209 establishments in Boracay need to pay a total of P43 million if they wish to operate again

WATCH: Swimming at Boracay's spotless white beach

Oct 28, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Missed the powdery white sands on your feet? Here's how it feels like to swim at the 'new' Boracay.

SPOTLESS WHITE. Boracay's White Beach is not spotless. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

IN GIFs: What to see in the new Boracay

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Itching to see the newly reopened Boracay? Here's what to expect.

SUNSET. Boracay's famous sunset brings everyone to the beach in the afternoon. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Balabag Wetland Park to be new Boracay attraction

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Wetland No. 4, located at Central Boracay, will be dubbed as 'Balabag Wetland Park' once its completed

PARK. Balabag Wetland Park is set to be completed within a year. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Malacañang says Boracay closure 'a lesson of political will'

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

'Boracay is a lesson of political will, as exhibited by PRRD and yet, it is also a lesson of neglect, misfeasance and malfeasance by responsible persons in office,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

NOW OPEN. Scenes during Boracay's official reopening. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Boracay closure hailed as example 'not only in Asia'

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Boracay Island is finally open but officials say it is just the start of stricter environmental compliance

REOPENED. Boracay Island is finally open to the public on October 26, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Apayao environment officer dies in motorcycle crash

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Dr Candido Javier Tuscano was hit by another motorcycle rider in Luna town

APAYAO ENVIRONMENT OFFICER. Dr Candido Tuscano addresses the Apayao provincial police in April 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Apayao Ppo

DENR says Boracay Henann resorts 'faked' compliance certificates

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Henann Group of Resorts denies the claim and says they did not authorize anyone to submit fake or unofficial documents

CLOSED. Henann group of resorts in Boracay is not accepting reservations, pending the approval of their permits. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Littering in Boracay? You may face imprisonment

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Anti-Littering Ordinance in Boracay will be strictly enforced

TRASH. These trash bins provided by Cebu Pacific are lined along Boracay for proper disposal of wastes. Photo from DOT Secretary Bernadette Puyat

Trump questions climate change during hurricane damage tour

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Donald Trump, a longtime climate change skeptic, says he does believe the climate is shifting, but argues that any worsening may not be permanent

VISIT. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour damage from Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Florida, October 15, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Gov't asks public to 'manage expectations' for Boracay reopening

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force explains that the 'full rehabilitation' of the island will be in 2019

Thought-shifting spaces

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How would you want your work and living spaces to reflect what you love about life?

Malay execs eye amending rules on pet ownership in mainland, Boracay

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Among the proposed amendments to the ordinance are limiting the number of dogs a person can own and the disposition of stray dogs in Boracay and mainland Malay

BORACAY PET. A man strolls the Boracay shoreline with his dog. Photo from Shutterstock

IN CHARTS: Boracay is bursting at the seams

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Boracay has exceeded its capacity in terms of population, infrastructure, and waste generated

CAPACITY. The carrying capacity study of the DENR showed the many ways Boracay exceeded its capacity. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Cimatu lifts ECC suspension for compliant Boracay businesses

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This means that the businesses can now seek permits to operate from the interior and tourism departments

CLOSED. In this file photo, Boracay businesses were closed during the shutdown of the island. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

What to expect when Boracay reopens on October 26

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Planning to visit Boracay when it reopens? Here's what you should know.

NEW BORACAY? Top tourist hotspot Boracay Island will be open again to the public starting October 26. Photo from the Department of Tourism

There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

Thousands join German forest demo after court reprieve

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:00 AM

A higher administrative court suspends energy company RWE's planned razing of Hambach forest for a growing open-case mine

OPEN PIT. German justice on October 5, 2018 halted temporarily the controversial expansion of a huge coal mine, banning RWE energy company deforesting the forest of Hambach. File photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Lawmaker faces ethics complaint for using gluta drip at House

Oct 06, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We believe that the public deserve no less than upstanding public officials and not people who make a mockery of our government,' says Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and Environment in its complaint against MATA Representative Tricia Velasco Catera

GLUTA DRIP USER? MATA Representative Tricia Velasco Catera is now facing an ethics complaint. Photo from MATA's Facebook page

U.N. report on global warming target puts governments on the spot

Sep 30, 2018 - 10:27 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This will be one of the most important meetings in IPCC history,' says Hoesung Lee, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

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

Cimatu lifts 90% of quarrying ban in 8 regions

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has given the green light for quarrying operations to resume in most areas

Filipina tagged by gov't as 'terrorist' wins UN's highest environmental award

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Joan Carling joins French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as recipients of the 2018 Champions of the Earth award

'CHAMPION TO COMMUNITIES.' Joan Carling is among the recipients of the United Nations' 2018 'Champions of the Earth' award. Photo from Joan Carling's Facebook page

World leaders gather to breathe new life into Paris accord

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'We are not here just to speak, but to be accountable,' says French President Emmanuel Macron, who launched the 'One Planet Summit' in 2017

ONE PLANET. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the One Planet Summit at the Plaza Hotel on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Leaders back climate change urgency in New York

Sep 25, 2018 - 4:02 PM

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa calls on nations to unite behind limiting global warming to the less than 2ºC enshrined in the 2015 Paris accord.

CLIMATE CHANGE. This file photo shows Patricia Espinosa in a 2012 press conference. File photos by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP