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Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

President Bolsonaro: Brazil owes world nothing on environment

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'Brazil does not owe the world anything when it comes to environmental protection,' says Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro

'UNATTAINABLE.' Brazil earlier declined to host the UN Conference on Climate Change after finding the objectives impossible to attain. File photo by Ricardo Morales/AFP

'Drastic solutions' needed to fight plastic pollution – groups

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'We cannot recycle our way out of this problem,' says Abigail Aguilar of Greenpeace Philippines

A week before the meeting of the UN Environment Assembly meeting , members of the Mother Earth Foundation segregate plastics form its kind at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Year's worth of plastic use in the Philippines can cover Metro Manila 1 foot deep of plastic waste said Mother Earth in their latest report revealed during press conference on stop "Producing" single-use plastics. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Many sharks closer to extinction than feared – Red List

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:41 AM

Seventeen of 58 species evaluated are classified as facing extinction, says the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation

Boracay Inter-agency Task Force demolishes erring resort

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The resort was given 3 orders to voluntarily demolish its structure starting April 26, 2018 but these went unheeded, says the DENR

Caption: TAKEN DOWN. Despite being warned and given enough time to comply, the Boracay Inter-agency Taskforce still had to take down an erring establishment for violating shoreline easement. Photo by DENR

DENR seeks barangays' support in keeping Manila Bay clean

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says barangays, as 'frontliners,' must be aware of their critical role in the cleanup of Manila Bay

DENR: 'No shortcuts' in ECC application for Kaliwa Dam

Mar 16, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The DENR says the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System has not completed the requirements for its environmental compliance certificate application for the project

Militant women's group Gabriela shouts water on March 15, 2019, during a protest outside the MWSS headquarters in Quezon City to condemn the recent water crises in Metro Manila caused by the operational adjustments conducted by the Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin, Lagos to London are emptied as ambitious organizers of the student strike hope to stage 1,000 demos in more than 100 countries

'NO PLANET B.' Youths demonstrate with banners and placards and a figure depicting young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holding two representatives of her parents' generation and reading 'Do something against the climate disaster!' during the 'Fridays For Future' movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change on March 15, 2019 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Nations agree 'significant' plastic cuts

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) The final ministerial statement – issued on a day of youth protests against climate change – makes only two references to man-made global warming and none to the fossil fuels that drive it

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DENR to open previously shut deep wells amid water crisis

Mar 15, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Given the hazards these deep wells may pose, Antiporda said that these will only be open up to October

Residents fill their water containers from the truck of fire volunteers in Mandaluyong City on March 14, 2019 after a week of water shortage due to the depleting supply of the Manila Water from the La Mesa Dam which is already on critical level, lowest in 12 years. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leaders appeal for 'urgent action' on environment

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Earth is already experiencing fallout from its fossil fuel addiction, with climate change driving more frequent droughts, floods and superstorms fuelled by warmer, rising seas

Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease – U.N.

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

(UPDATED) The Global Environment Outlook depicts a growing chasm between rich and poor countries as rampant overconsumption, pollution, and food waste in the developed world leads to hunger, poverty, and disease elsewhere

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Raw materials behind half of global emissions – U.N.

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Authors of a major new report present lawmakers and businesses with a stark choice: drastically reform the global economy to get more from less, or risk the collapse of global infrastructure

U.N. environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crash

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Maimunah Sharif, head of UN Habitat, says at least 22 UN employees were among those who died when the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed early Sunday, March 10

SILENCE. People have a moment of silence for the victims, including UN workers, of Ethiopia Airline's crash before the 4th UN Environment Assembly at the UN headquaters in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/

Wait, plants could talk?

Mar 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Plants have a planet within our own planet, and that planet is keeping us alive. Losing plants in a massive scale such as when we decimate forests is literally pulling the ground from underneath us.

MISLEADING: P185 total cost of processing land titles in DENR

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The misleading post was originally circulated in July 2018 and had already been called out by the DENR as 'incomplete, misleading, and erroneous'

Philippine survey shows 'shocking' plastic waste

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The report finds that where local-level plastic bag bans have been put in place and rigorously enforced, usage has dropped dramatically

JG Summit Holdings subsidiary adopts Boracay wetland

Mar 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation is the latest firm to strike a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the rehabilitation of a Boracay wetland

Boracay task force to be 'merciless' vs erring establishments

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:16 PM

'We are documenting [cases] in the whole of the island to include business establishments and also residential.... If they will not do anything, then we will immediately do the demolition,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

Aussie rodent becomes first 'climate change extinction'

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:24 AM

The rat-like Bramble Cay melomys – whose only known habitat was a small sandy island in far northern Australia – has not been spotted in a decade

DENR chief Cimatu fears Baguio 'may lose pine trees'

Feb 16, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'I will be making really a study for what is best for Baguio City as far as the environment is concerned,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BAGUIO. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Chief Roy Cimatu says the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Climate-vulnerable LGUs urged to implement resiliency program

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:13 PM

'Climate change is already here, and it will be here for the next generations. It is now, therefore, our obligation to take this program for implementation,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu conducts an inspection at Estero de San Antonio Abad along Mabini Street connecting to Manila bay in Manila on 11 January 2019 to determine how a large amount of coliform made its way to Manila Bay. Photo - Lito Borras

Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos' – study

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:16 PM

One likely result of weakened current in the Atlantic will be warmer air temperatures in the high Arctic, eastern Canada and central America, and cooler temperatures over northwestern Europe

ICE SHEETS. This NASA handout photo obtained March 29, 2016 shows a stunning 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 flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26. Handout photo/NASA/AFP

Last 4 years hottest on record, U.N. confirms

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'The degree of warming during the past 4 years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean,' says World Meterological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas

RECORD HEAT. Two girls play on a small wall during sunset in a neighborhood of Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, on August 22, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Fecal coliform levels in Manila Bay still high – DENR

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the government has not yet fully cleaned Manila Bay, and swimming there could lead to illnesses

SWIMMERS BEWARE. Splashing around in Manila Bay's waters can lead to a number of illnesses as fecal coliform levels are still way above the safe levels. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DENR aims to make Bacuit Bay in El Nido swimmable again by May

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) The environment department is also eyeing to declare Bacuit Bay as a Water Quality Management Area

Comelec aims for more PWD-friendly, gender-sensitive ads in 2019 elections

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The poll body also urges candidates and political parties to use environment-friendly materials in their campaign paraphernalia

IN PHOTOS: No man's land

Feb 03, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Palm oil is a multibillion-dollar industry for Indonesia. But the people responsible for its production are not the ones reaping the riches.

BEARING THE BRUNT. Palm oil workers transfering the fruits into another truck.

Makabayan lawmakers want Manila Bay rehab postponed

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The progressive legislators want the government to first focus on properly consulting informal settlers who will be displaced by the Manila Bay cleanup

REHAB POSTPONEMENT? Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao poses with several fisherfolk and peasant women from Cavite who seek the postponement of the Manila Bay rehabilitation. Photo from Casilao's office

'Radical rethink' needed to tackle obesity, hunger, climate – report

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:57 PM

'Both undernutrition and obesity are expected to be made significantly worse by climate change,' says Boyd Swinburn. co-chair of The Lancet Commission on Obesity

Gov't to deploy modern tech, boat skimmers for Manila Bay rehab

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The government is banking on volunteers and modern technology to clean Manila Bay

IN PHOTOS: Bayanihan for Manila Bay

Jan 27, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Around 5,000 volunteers participate in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

3 restaurants found polluting Manila Bay, water cut off

Jan 27, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Laguna Lake Development Authority cuts off the water supply of 3 establishments operating near Manila Bay due to environmental violations

'Nature-deficit disorder'

Jan 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Nature experience is essential in the inner life of any child

Manila Bay cleanup kicks off

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:50 AM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says it will be handing out cease and desist orders to at least 4 major establishments which have violated environmental laws

Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler

DENR to monitor Taal's endangered tawilis population

Jan 25, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Philippine researchers estimate that harvest has declined by about 49% over the past 10 years

ENDANGERED SARDINE. Photo of Fried Tawilis on the foreground and Taal Lake view in the background. Photo by Eric Linatoc at Pusod TLCC in Mataasnakahoy, Batangas.

'We are losing the race' on climate change – U.N. chief

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'In my opinion [climate change] is the most important global systemic threat in relation to the global economy,' UN chief Antonio Guterres tells business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Lawmaker says DENR 'remiss' in taking care of Manila Bay

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:14 PM

'Why did they allow this to continue for so many years?' says Quezon City 2nd District Representative Winston Castelo, chairperson of the House committee on Metro Manila development

MURKY. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says nobody wants to swim in Manila Bay's murky waters. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Baguio seeks geotechnical probe into Mines View Park cracks

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'The conduct of a thorough study on the soil condition of Mines View Park is highly required at the soonest possible time,' a city council resolution reads

MINES VIEW PARK. The Baguio City council has asked concerned local government agencies to look into Mines View Park cracks. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

210 violation notices issued to Batangas livestock farms

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Ipat Luna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources wants livestock farms to develop wastewater treatment facilities

Climate change pilgrimage: Winning hearts and minds

Jan 19, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'Our destination is not Katowice or Paris; it’s the hearts and minds of the people,' says street artist and environment activist AG Saño

PILGRIMAGE. Pope Francis meets with participants of the Climate Pilgrimage in Trieste, Italy. Photo by Albert Lozada

[OPINION] In defense of Manila Bay

Jan 18, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Manila Bay now has 330 million units of fecal bacteria – a far cry from its one million units 20 years ago. What needs to be done?

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DENR to fine establishments up to P200,000 for polluting Manila Bay

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:10 PM

‘They have to pay a penalty for dirtying the environment,’ Cimatu said

Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel conducts an inspection at Estero de San Antonio Abad along Mabini Street connecting to Manila bay in Manila on 11 January 2019 to determine how a large amount of coliform made its way to Manila Bay. Photo - Lito Borras

South Korea taking back trash dumped in PH, Canada's plans still murky

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:40 PM

'Sending the garbage back to its origin is only just, moral, and lawful,' says EcoWaste Coalition

Garbage from South Korea to be sent back

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) January 9 is the target date for the return of the trash shipment to Pyeongtaek City in South Korea, says a Customs official

REPATRIATION OF GARBAGE. The 51 cases of trash that were misdeclared as 'plastic synthetic flakes' are set to be sent back to South Korea. Photo from Shutterstock

Netizens rage over Cove Manila's balloon drop world record attempt

Dec 29, 2018 - 7:22 PM

According to the Guinness World Records website, record managers no longer monitor attempts which are detrimental to the environment

After Boracay, DENR eyes rehabilitating Manila Bay

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu hopes Filipinos will be able to safely swim in Manila Bay someday

POLLUTED BEACH. Residents swim in the garbage-infested shores of Manila Bay. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here are 5 ways to make it more sustainable

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

A guide to a greener, more sustainable but generous Christmas

NATURAL VS ARTIFICIAL: Plastic trees that are reused actually have a lower carbon footprint.

15 U.N. Climate Action awardees honored at COP24

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:43 PM

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa says the winning climate projects are 'activities [that] shine a light on scalable climate action around the world'

WOMEN FOR RESULTS. Syria's 'Yalla Let's Bike' (Come on Let's Bike), one of UN Climate Action winners in Women for Results category, is an initiative that aims to defy traditional gender roles, combat overcrowded streets, and promote bicycling as a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of UNFCCC.

U.N. climate summit set for tense finale as nations sound alarm

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Sources close to the COP24 talks say delegates from nearly 200 nations are still far apart on several issues – from adopting the latest environmental science to how future climate action is funded

COP24. Participants work at the main plenary room during the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 4, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP