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DENR suspends Rizal quarrying after call from Bong Go

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Quarrying is temporarily halted after President Rodrigo Duterte's top aide relays a complaint from a Marikina City resident. But it has yet to be determined whether or not quarrying led to flooding.

Residents of Brgy., Banaba in San Mateo, Rizal clean up houses full of mud brought by flood water on Sunday, August, 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'We're phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation,' says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Earth risks tipping into 'hothouse' state – study

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point

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.

Record 207 environmental activists killed in 2017

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The Global Witness reports that Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48

DENR, Malay execs to align Boracay sewage treatment plant guidelines

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Lawyer Richard Fabila, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Boracay, says they will try to align Memorandum Circular No. 2018-006 of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu with local laws

DENR suspends compliance certificates of Boracay businesses

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the businesses would have to stop operations while their environmental compliance certificates are reviewed

ESTABLISHMENTS. DENR issues a memorandum cancelling all environmental compliance certificates in Boracay. File photo by Adrian Portugal

Apple launches $300M 'green' fund for China suppliers

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Apple is pushing for greener processes in China where most of their products are assembled

APPLE. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Sanofi shuts down factory over toxic waste outcry

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:10 AM

France Nature Environment, a federation of some 3,500 environmental associations, says the Mourenx site has been emitting 'dangerous material at astronomical levels'

HALT IN PRODUCTION. French pharmaceuticals group Sanofi shut down a chemical factory in southwest France, in the wake of media reports that toxic waste emissions exceeded the norms. File photo of Mourenx site from Sanofi's official website

Starbucks to phase out plastic straws by 2020

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:40 AM

The plastic straws will be replaced by recyclable lids that have a small raised opening allowing consumers to sip their drink

Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay – for now

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:44 AM

Greenpeace says some 12 million tons per year of plastic, mostly in the form of single-use packaging, are dumped into the world's oceans, creating an ecological nightmare

PLASTIC TRASH. File photo taken on May 19, 2018 shows a stuffed toy of the Sesame Street character "Elmo" surrounded by plastic waste on a beach on the Freedom island critical habitat and ecotourism area near Manila. Photo by  Noel Celis/AFP

Trump's scandal-plagued environment chief resigns

Jul 06, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Scott Pruitt has become the focus of multiple investigations in recent months, including by his own agency's inspector general, two other independent federal agencies, and by Congress itself

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Boracay rehab challenges: Treating sewage, relocating illegal settlers

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says Boracay is still on target for an October 26 re-opening

BORACAY REHAB. Left photo by DENROfficial SCIS. Center photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler. Right photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay no longer a cesspool – Cimatu

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the island can be reopened by October 26, as planned

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

War on plastic leaves manufacturers grasping at straws

Jul 01, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Activists continue to pressure countries and businesses to deserting plastic straws. It's working.

STRICT RULES. Crackdown on plastic moves forward in some countries. Photo from Shutterstock

Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes - study

Jun 30, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016 – or around 14 percent of all new diabetes cases globally that year.

HAZE. An Indian commuter crosses railway tracks as dust covers sky in Jalandhar on June 15, 2018. Air pollution soared in New Delhi on June 14 to hazardous levels rarely seen outside winter months as sand blown from deserts enveloped the Indian capital in a once-in-a-decade phenomenon. Photo by Shammi Mehra / AFP

Climate change sinking Arctic archeological treasures

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Thousands of years of heritage are being lost, says Matthew Betts, a curator at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec

Ombudsman suspends DENR exec over Canada trash

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman also says it found probable cause to file graft charges against Environment Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna for 'gross inexcusable negligence' over the controversial shipment

DUMPED IN THE PHILIPPINES. Environment officials open one of almost 100 container vans of garbage shipped illegally from Canada. Photo courtesy of BAN Toxics

New York's Central Park goes officially car-free

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'For more than a century, we had turned parts of the world's most iconic park into a highway – and starting tonight, we have officially taken it back for good,' says Mayor Bill de Blasio

GREEN SPACE. People ride bicycles on West Drive in the southern portion of Central Park, April 20, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Flood damage would double without coral reefs – study

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Coupled with projected sea level rise driven by global warming, reef decline could see flooding increase 4-fold by century's end, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications

CORAL REEFS. Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

11 fascinating facts about bees, the most important pollinators

Jun 10, 2018 - 4:00 PM

One-third of food produced in the world depends on pollination, and bees hold the most important role among all pollinators

Mother Nature runs wild on China's emerald isle

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Houtouwan was once a thriving fishing community of sturdy brick homes clinging to the steep hills of the island of Shengshan. But it's now abandoned, with entire houses completely overgrown as if shrink-wrapped in a lush layer of green.

EMERALD ISLE. This aerial picture taken on May 31, 2018 shows abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan island, China's eastern Zhejiang province.  Houtouwan was a thriving fishing community of sturdy brick homes that climb up the steeply hilled island of Shenghshan, but is now abandoned, with entire houses completely overgrown as if vacuum-sealed in a lush layer of green. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE

Anti-mining advocates push for 'rights of nature' law

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Anti-mining advocates and environmental groups join the Salakyag ng mga Sangnilikha, which aims to empower communities to talk about environmental issues

Stop Killing The Environment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DENR employee shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects in Antipolo

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Police say two unidentified suspects fled the scene of the crime aboard a pink Yamaha Mio with no plate number

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

3 signs you're working for a toxic company

Jun 08, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Are you all about your work or is it work that's making you miserable?

Manila 'trash bin' waterway choked with plastic

Jun 05, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Plastic pollution is a major problem in the Philippines, which along with China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, is frequently listed among the world's worst offenders

EARTH DAY. Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission personnel remove floating and plastic materials from Pasig River in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Earth Day 2018 campaigns to reduce single-use plastics with the theme, "Green the Cities, Green the Oceans. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Jun 05, 2018 - 4:02 PM

World Environment Day 2018 is highlighting the perils of plastic with the tagline 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it'

Report urges UN to 'recognize human right to healthy environment'

Jun 04, 2018 - 5:32 PM

In their statement, the UN highlights the increasing threats posed by climate change and the increasing risks faced by environmental advocates

For residents, uncertainty looms over Boracay relocation plan

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Some residents protest the rumored plan to relocate them outside the top tourist island

FORESTLAND. The Cayetano family lives in a make-shift compound in a government-proclaimed forestland. Rappler photo

Plastic Battle's plea: Ditch single-use bottles, go for refills

Jun 03, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The Plastic Battle campaign convinces businesses to let people refill reusable bottles for a fee or for free, in a bid to eliminate single-use plastic bottles that contribute to pollution

DENR looking into arson angle in Binondo fire

May 30, 2018 - 6:27 PM

'While we hope that this is not the case, arson is a serious crime and the Land Management Bureau fire significantly impacts Filipinos who place premium value on land,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Malay gov't: Allow San Juan revelers to swim in coastal waters

May 30, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Since April 26 – the start of Boracay's 6-month closure – local residents have been allowed to swim only in a designated swimming area in the white beach near Willy's Rock in Station 1

APPEAL. The local government of Malay in Aklan appeals for residents to be allowed to swim in coastal waters on June 24, which marks the feast of San Juan de Bautista. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NHA admits design 'failure' in Zamboanga City housing project

May 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Sarmiento slams the National Housing Authority for 'palpak' projects nationwide

NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

EU proposes ban on straws, other single-use plastics

May 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The proposals call for banning banning plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks

BAN THE STRAW. A picture taken on May 24, 2018 in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany shows a woman drinking with a plastic straw. Photo by Patrick Pleul / dpa / AFP

Land titles, P100 million worth of equipment gone in Binondo fire – DENR

May 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says up to 80% of important documents had been digitized before fire hit the Land Management Bureau central office

Massive beach cleanup for Hong Kong sea turtles

May 27, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Authorities and environmentalists blame southern mainland China for the increasing amount of garbage in Hong Kong waters

Capiz residents to plant one million trees in one day

May 27, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Emilyn Arboleda Depon, acting provincial environment and natural resources officer of Capiz, says residents from 17 LGUs 'will go up just to plant trees simultaneously'

TREE-PLANTING. A million fruit-bearing and native trees will be planted on barren land, such as this, by a million Capiznons for Arbor Day in Capiz on June 25, 2017. Photo courtesy of Emilyn Arboleda Depon.

Boracay may open in less than 6 months – DENR chief

May 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

This comes after the government discovered 16 establishments that had installed their own pipes, which flush wastes directly under the beachfront

EXCAVATED. Trainees from the 3rd Infrantry Division of the Philippine Army excavate illegal sewerage pipes in Boracay Island on May 25, 2018. Photo from DENR

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

DENR wants El Nido's groundwater tested

May 25, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'We will call the attention of the DOH to have El Nido's groundwater tested,' says Natividad Bernardino, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mimaropa

DENR backtracks on special permits for protected areas

May 24, 2018 - 9:07 AM

DENR Mimaropa Regional Director Natividad Bernardino says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu 'has ordered to put on hold the memorandum he signed concerning the SAPA suspension lifting'

DENR orders demolition of easement-violating establishments in El Nido

May 23, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Demolition orders are said to be issued 'within the week,' says DENR Regional Director Natividad Bernardino

SELF-DEMOLITION. Only 3 out of 32 establishments along the coastline of El Nido have fully complied with the demolition order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

What went down at 2018 Bonn climate talks

May 22, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The United Nations climate summit, which took place in Germany this month, saw slow but steady progress on setting up the rules to implement the Paris Agreement. Here is a comprehensive summary of the technical UN climate talks.

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