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Antarctica tourism regulation urgent for environment – summit

May 17, 2018 - 4:10 PM

In the absence of rules, travel agencies offer trips to the region on boats sometimes equipped with helicopters or submarines, according to Segolene Royal, French ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic poles

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

No construction of buildings in Boracay during rehab

May 17, 2018 - 8:50 AM

For 6 months, the Boracay inter-agency task force will strictly enforce the moratorium of construction of new tourism facilities and business enterprises, as well as the expansion of amenities and establishments.

BORACAY. This file photo shows one of the shops in Boracay Island. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Viral posts on mountain flattened in Boracay false – DENR

May 16, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the flattening was done before Boracay's closure

LEVELED. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources released photos showing that leveling and other related activities have been stopped since Boracay's closure. Photo by DENR

New phase of globalization could worsen CO2 pollution – study

May 15, 2018 - 2:29 PM

As Asia's giants move up the globalization food chain, many of the industries that helped propel their phenomenal growth are moving to Vietnam, Indonesia and other nations investing heavily in a coal-powered future

EMISSIONS. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, global warming has been caused mainly by burning oil, gas and especially carbon-rich coal. Image from Shutterstock.

UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, U.S.

May 11, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The resolution creates a working group tasked with identifying gaps in international environmental law and determining whether there is a need to a new regulatory structure

UNITED NATIONS. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

Fish kill hits towns in Bulacan, Negros Occidental

May 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The fish kill claimed P17 million worth of milkfish in Bulacan, spanning an area of at least 150 hectares

Greenpeace to DENR: Opening protected areas to businesses leads to exploitation

May 09, 2018 - 5:39 PM

'We would like to remind the Philippine government that our environment is not for sale,' says Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner, warns against lifting the suspension of the issuance of pecial use agreement for protected areas. Photo from the Facebook page of Oceana Philippines

Gov't puts trash traps, warns 'esteroristas' in Pasig River

May 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The problem begins in waterways such as the San Juan River, now the most polluted in Metro Manila

SEA OF TRASH. Volunteers collect garbage in the San Juan River. Photo courtesy of PRRC

UN calls current climate funding an 'umbrella in a hurricane'

May 04, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'Trying to address climate change at current financing levels is like walking into a Category 5 Hurricane protected only by an umbrella,' says United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa

CLIMATE CHANGE. A child pushes his bicycle as he crosses a flooded street in Ineangan, Bambang, Nueva Viscaya, after the Magat river swelled caused by Typhoon Lando's (Koppu) continuous rain on October 18, 2015. File photo by IFRC

WATCH: The place where a casino will rise in Boracay

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Malay, Aklan, is where a Boracay casino will likely be built, should talks on it push through

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

WATCH: Some residents say yes to building casino in Boracay

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Will a casino be built in Boracay Island?

Green groups to Puerto Princesa gov’t: Do homework on waste-to-energy plants

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Environmental groups say the city government has to carefully study its multibillion-peso deal with AustWorks Corporation

NO TO INCINERATION. No Burn Pilipinas slams the planned Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project.  Photo from No Burn Pilipinas Facebook page

At least 579 structures in Boracay face demolition

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says demolition orders were signed by Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, after the mayor was accused of 'stalling' the rehabilitation of Boracay

DEMOLITION. Government has started demolitions even before President Rodrigo Duterte issued a proclamation. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay: From pristine island to fragile paradise

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Despite counting itself among the best islands of the world, Boracay has struggled to keep up with its fame. A look at its history shows warning signs at least a decade-old.

Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

Global warming is making us lose our cool

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There seems to be something about rising temperatures that contributes to the ascent of human tempers

'Boracay-like' survey of Mount Apo establishments, plantations underway

Apr 21, 2018 - 6:26 PM

The environment department is checking if establishments located at the Mount Apo Natural Park are compliant with government regulations

Mt. Apo's reflection is seen in a portion of Lake Venado. The country's highest lake sprawls at the foot of the country's highest mountain. Photo by Louie Lapat

DENR gives 75 business owners in Coron a month to remove illegal structures

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:22 PM

DENR Mimaropa Regional Director Natividad Bernardino warns establishment owners not to deal with impostors posing as environment officials and are out to extort from them

PNP deploys riot police among 600-strong force securing Boracay rehab

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Police contingent now in place ahead of 6-month closure of tourist haven

 CLOSE WATCH. A member of the 600-strong  contingent from the PNP with fishermen of Boracay Island. Photo courtesy of PNP

Private landowners vow to protect endangered species in Boracay

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources prods local government units, residents, businesses, and private landowners to work together on a conservation plan that could make demolition orders unnecessary

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver

TOURISTS. This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows tourists in front of a row of speedboats in Maya Bay, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo by Lillian SuwanrumphaU/AFP

DENR to identify 'critical habitat' areas in Boracay

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Existing resorts and infrastructure projects would be affected as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources seeks to protect biodiversity in the world-famous island

CRITICAL HABITAT? The DENR is studying the proposal to establish certain areas in Boracay as 'critical habitat' for endemic and threatened species. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Devastating' ocean heatwaves on the rise

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Similar to an atmospheric heatwave, a marine heatwave is a prolonged period of unusually warm water

LIST: 79 establishments asked to vacate El Nido timberlands

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Owners of the establishments have 30 days or until May 5 to comply with the notice to vacate

Cimatu says no to building casino in Boracay

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Leisure & Resorts World Corporation has revealed plans to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino in Boracay, but environment officials say they have not yet received any application for permits

BORACAY ISLAND. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu speaks in a press briefing on the closure of Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Foreign tourists up in Boracay during Holy Week 2018

Apr 05, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Overall, Boracay has accommodated 46,610 tourists from March 26 to April 1

TOURIST ARRIVALS. Records show that there were 23,123 foreign tourist arrivals in Boracay Island during Holy Week 2018. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

DENR won't extend demolition deadline in El Nido shoreline

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) DENR Mimaropa Director Natividad Bernardino says the 32 business establishment owners only have until April 11 to remove their structures built on the 3-meter coastal easement zone

VIOLATION. Environmental authorities vow to remove illegal structures built on shoreline easement zone in El Nido. File photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Bowhead whales not only singers, but avid composers too

Apr 04, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Bowhead whales, in turns out, are far more versatile and would appear to improvise new songs all the time

SINGERS AND COMPOSERS. A study shows that over the course of 4 winters, not only were bowhead song types never repeated between years, each season had an entire set of new songs. File photo from Wikipedia

2ºC cap on global warming won't save Arctic sea ice – studies

Apr 03, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'I didn't expect to find that half-a-degree Celsius would make a big difference, but it really does,' says Alexandra Jahn, author of one of the studies and an assistant professor at Colorado University in Boulder

MELTING ICE. This file photo taken March 25, 2016 shows a perspective of the northeast coastline of Greenland, one of the world’s two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica), captured by the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team. File photo from NASA

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

Local team formed to monitor waste-dumping in Nasugbu waters

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:35 PM

The team of local officials and fisherfolk is formed after residents of Barangay Natipuan raised concerns about the operations of a distiller

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:11 PM

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An Indian boy plays in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi on March 22, 2018. World Water Day is observed on March 22 and focuses on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:27 AM

Scientists say land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people or 40% of the global population

STUDY ON LAND DECAY. British Robert Watson (R), President of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) speaks during a press conference next to the Secretary of IPBES Anne Larigauderie, in the framework of the 6th IPBES Biodiversity Summit, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on March 26, 2018. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

Malacañang urges Filipinos to go lights out for Earth Hour 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'For one hour this evening, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, let us all switch off our lights in our homes or in our workplaces to symbolize our commitment to saving Mother Earth,' says Malacañang

EARTH HOUR. The children of Legazpi City join the 2017 celebration of Earth Hour. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Informal settlers along El Nido coast to be relocated – DENR

Mar 24, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the local government has issued a final notice to vacate to 24 families residing along Corong Corong beach

EL NIDO COASTLINE. El Nido town in Palawan. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons

Humanity imperiled by abuse of life-giving Nature – reports

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:24 AM

'This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere,' says an intergovernmental science policy body

Residents collect drift wood and other recyclable materials floating along with garbage washed ashore due to heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Isang on the coast of Manila Bay in Manila on August 22, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Earth Hour 2018: Lights out for world landmarks in nod to nature

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The aim of this year's Earth Hour is building support for biodiversity by focusing on forests, oceans and wildlife conservation

EARTH HOUR. In this file photo, the ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

DENR orders 49 Siargao businesses to address environmental violations

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'If we want to sustain [Siargao's] viability as an international surfing capital, we must show that we are all helping to protect and conserve its environment,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

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

DENR to remove illegal structures in Coron Bay

Mar 16, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will begin issuing violation and eviction notices to erring establishments next month

CORON SEAPORT. Outriggers docked at Coron Bay. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Warming could threaten half of species in 33 key areas – report

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The report focuses on 33 so-called 'Priority Places' which host some of the world's richest and most unusual terrestrial species, including iconic, endangered, or endemic plants and animals

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

Aklan provincial board asks Duterte to reconsider Boracay closure

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:14 AM

'Ongoing efforts to restore the island can still be done, and continue to be done, while Boracay Island remains open for economic and tourism activities,' says a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan

NO TO CLOSURE. The provincial board of Aklan urges President Rodrigo Duterte to reject calls for the closure of Boracay. File photo by Choi2451/Wikimedia.org

Villanueva urges DENR to declare Boracay as 'critical' area

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A business establishment in an environmentally-critical area is required to apply for an environmental compliance certificate before operating

HIGH-TIME. Senator Joel Villanueva says that the DENR should consider declaring Boracay Island an "environmentally-critical area." File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

German court paves way for diesel driving bans

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:50 AM

A top German court rules that cities can impose diesel driving bans to combat air pollution

RUSH HOUR. Early morning traffic makes its way on the motorway in Munich, southern Germany, of November 7, 2017. Christof Stache/AFP

How Guimaras got rid of coal

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'We want to show the world that we don't need dirty energy to power development,' says Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin

Boracay rehabilitation goes full throttle

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Houses and establishments occupying the forestlands of Boracay Island are given 15 days to reply to DENR's show cause orders

AFTER INSPECTION. Boracay West Cove volunteers to demolish its view deck on top of a limestone formation after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu inspected the resort. Photo by Rodnel Aguirre/Rappler

El Nido crackdown on erring establishments begins

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Nieves Rosento says the degrading water quality in the town’s public beach remains a problem

VIOLATION. Environmental authorities vow to remove illegal structures built on shoreline easement zone in El Nido. Photo by Keith S. Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Mayor leads demolition of mining facility in Palawan town

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'[Ipilan Nickel Corporation] does not respect law, order, or anyone in authority. I was forced to exercise the police power of the mayor,' Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano tells Rappler

DEMOLITION. Brooke's Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano (right, with a hat) reads her order to demolish 'illegal structures' within the Ipilan Nickel Corporation mine site. Photo by Marialen Galicia

DENR's Roy Cimatu: 'We can save Boracay'

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:46 PM

'We will do our very best for the next 6 months to accomplish the mission. I know that we will and we can do it. Kaya natin to save Boracay (We can save Boracay),' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu stresses.

ROY CIMATU. Photo of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu. Photo by DENR