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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

Naga, Cebu landslide death toll jumps to 56

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The September 20 landslide, which was triggered by days of heavy rain, also injures at least 10 people

IN MEMORY. Residents visit the wake of those who died in the huge landslide in Naga City, Cebu. File photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

White Beach boat stations set as Boracay entry points

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The boat stations in White Beach are identified by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force as temporary and alternate entry points for Boracay's partial opening

BORACAY REHABILITATION. The island paradise of Boracay is closed for a 6-month rehabilitation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DENR suspends quarry operations in 8 regions after Naga, Cebu, landslide

Sep 21, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says quarry operations in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Caraga regions will be under review

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

Gov't to issue access cards for Boracay tourists

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Boracay can only take in a maximum of 19,215 tourists at any given time. The access cards will help the government control the number of visitors.

DENR: Itogon landslide not caused by mining

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says tracking accountability over the incident was 'very unique,' as land that fell on the mining site was from private land

Cimatu orders 'minahang bayan' review after Itogon tragedy

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to review all minahang bayan applications after the tragic landslide in Itogon, Benguet

Aiming for zero: cities, companies ramp up climate goals

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Jointly organized by California governor Jerry Brown and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the 3-day gathering is a showcase for initiatives, big and small, to reduce humanity's carbon footprint

GLOBAL CONCERN. A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Full Boracay rehab by December 2019, says DOT chief

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Tourism officials have asked airlines to reduce flights to Caticlan and Kalibo in Aklan, since Boracay can only accommodate a limited number of tourists per day

BORACAY. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat says Boracay rehabilitation will be completed next year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts – with new quotas

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The vote confirms a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling for nutritional and cultural reasons – an exception to the decades-old ban on commercial whaling

WHALES. This undated handout photo released by the Australian Customs Service on February 7, 2008 shows a whale (front) and another (partly seen at right) being dragged on board a Japanese ship after being harpooned in Antarctic waters. File photo by Australian Customs Service/AFP

They outnumber tourists! Over 15,000 workers to be booted out of Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says workers should live in mainland Aklan to decongest the world-famous island Boracay

World must act by 2020 to avoid runaway climate change – UN chief

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

'Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

ANTONIO GUTERRES. This file photo taken on January 3, 2017 shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to staff members at UN headquarters in New York. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP

Pope Francis urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The Pope also says that access 'to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right' and deplored that for many it was 'difficult if not impossible'

PAPAL MESSAGE. In this file photo, Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

Natural gas and renewables are a perfect match in cutting carbon emissions

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:37 PM

In the transition to clean energy, natural gas fills in where renewables fall short.

'Major transformation' ahead for Earth's ecosystems – study

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Some of these changes are already under way in the southwestern United States, where massive wildfires are destroying pine forests and transforming swaths of territory into shrubland

WILDFIRES. Burnt trees stand as the sun sets in a smokey skyline in Mariposa, California on July 19, 2017. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

How a plan to save Kenya's rhino left 11 dead in historic blunder

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Eleven of Kenya's precious black rhinos were transferred to a new home in what was supposed to be a routine operation in a country fabled for its conservation. So how did all of them end up dead?

SAVING RHINOS. Kenya's Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala (L) looks on as Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) personnel subdue a sedated black rhinoceros at the Nairobi National Park on June 26, 2018 as they prepare to translocate it to Tsavo National Park where some 11 of the critically endangered animals were translocated from Nairobi and Nakuru and ended up dead due to harsh conditions. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Blow for France's Macron as star minister quits

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:54 PM

Environment minister Nicolas Hulot takes his interviewers and government colleagues by surprise by announcing his resignation on France Inter radio

NICOLAS HULOT. French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot attends a press conference at the end of a G7 summit on the environment in Bologna on June 12, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

A zero waste lifestyle: How have other people done it?

Aug 26, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Two organizations get together to hold a workshop on discussion of a zero-waste lifestyle

Local gov't to ban single-use plastics when Boracay reopens

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'Sa mga bisita sa Boracay, magdala na kayo ng sariling straw dahil bawal ang single-use plastic. Bawal na rin ang plastic bags at styrofoams sa isla,' says Sangguniang Bayan member Maylynn Aguirre Graf

BANNED. Single-use plastics will now be banned in Boracay Island. File photo of Boracay by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DENR seizes P300,000 worth of threatened plant species in Quezon

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The environment department confiscates 34 sacks of the threatened Philippine bantigue

DENR to Boracay businesses: Stop dealing with fixers, impostors

Aug 24, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Environment officials urge business owners or authorized representatives to personally process their certifications, business permits, and clearances at the one-stop shop in Boracay

BORACAY BUSINESSES. Boracay Island has temporarily closed down last April 26 to give way for its rehabilitation. Government plans to reopen it in October. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

No more parties on the beach when Boracay reopens

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:40 PM

A dry run is also scheduled from October 15 to 25, with local tourists from Aklan to be prioritized

SOFT OPENING. Local tourists will be the first to get a sneak peek of a cleaner Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Modern jeepneys proposed in Boracay

Aug 21, 2018 - 6:51 PM

While Yellow Dot recently did a survey of Boracay's transport requirements for public utility vehicle modernization, the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay, Aklan, wants to reconsider whether the proposal will complement e-trikes on the island.

JEEPNEY MODERNIZATION. Will Boracay get new jeeps? Background image from Department of Transportation

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.

Boracay shifts to e-tricycles by August

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

By August 2018, only electric tricycles will be allowed to ferry passengers in Boracay as part of the Malay municipal government's bid to promote environment-friendly public transportation

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

Malay town councilors divided over proposed environmental fee hike in Boracay

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Malay town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf has proposed a P500-environmental fee for tourists in Boracay, up from the current P75, to help sustain efforts to protect the island

TOURIST SPOT. The Malay town council is discussing a proposal to increase the environmental fee for tourists entering Boracay Island. 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