CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

PH hopes to ratify deal on super greenhouse gases ASAP

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Environment officials say the country is still in the initial stage of the Kigali Amendment s ratification process

Baguio locals protest multi-level parking podiums, call for sustainable tourism

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:37 AM

In a bid to promote sustainable tourism the group is calling for growth oriented projects that are not made at the expense of the city s local and distinct character

FOR PEOPLE. Civil society organizations, students, and concerned citizens walk and encircle Burnham Lake as a sign of protest to the local government unit’s decision to transform areas within Burnham Park into car-parking spaces. Photo by Alexa Yadao/Rappler

Managing waste, mitigating floods: The case of Malabon

Sep 09, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Garbage remains a main concern in the city s flood mitigation efforts but the successful waste management initiative of one barangay may serve as a model

BRAVING THE FLOODS. An elementary student rides on a boat with her relatives as she went home from school at the Artex Compound in Malabon City, Manila on June 5, 2013. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Indigenous groups protest outside mining conference

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Around 300 protesters troop to the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to demand an end to destructive mining practices

Groups of Indigenous People with environment activists hold a lightning rally against the on-going Mining Philippines 2017 Conference of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines at the Sofitel in Pasay City on September 6, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Chile's Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Indigenous people who live on Chile s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone covering an area of 720 000 square kilometers 280 000 square miles around the island

Gina Lopez asks Duterte not to lift ban on open-pit mining

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Sir open pit mining will really disadvantage the Filipino our farmers and fishermen forever for life says the former environment secretary

EX-ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at a Cabinet Meeting on December 5, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

Filipino millennials helping farmers cope with climate change

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:52 AM

RiceUp Filipino Farmers is a social enterprise that helps local farmers become resilient and self sustaining even when the odds are not in their favor

SOCIAL GOOD. Students from Hawaii started RiceUp to help Filipino farmers cope with climate change. Photos by Roy Joseph Roberto

Nearly 400 new species discovered in Amazon

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The report by the WWF and Brazil s Mamiraua Institute released in Sao Paulo listed 216 previously unknown plants 93 fish 32 amphibians 19 reptiles one bird and 20 mammals two of them fossils

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011. Lunae Parracho/AFP

Sand mining: Growing pains of cross-border trade

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Unchecked sand mining with more sand removed each year than what can be replaced by the natural processes occurring over the course of centuries is unsustainable

GATHERING SAND. Sand diggers are seen loading trucks at a quarry on the banks of the Congo river in the Kombe district of Brazzaville on March 28, 2016. Marco Longari/AFP

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes convicted of graft over mining permit

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the mining regulatory board says the Sandiganbayan

CONVICTED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is convicted of graft over an anomalous mining permit he issued to a small-scale mining company in 2006. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

WATCH: Surviving baby panda closely monitored at French zoo

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:55 AM

The first baby panda born in France is now nearly a month old and in good health growing under the watchful eyes of his mother and zookeepers

MOTHER AND CHILD. This photograph taken on August 28, 2017, shows female panda Huan Huan holding her cub inside her enclosure at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

IN PHOTOS: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' premieres in PH

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The documentary will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas Trinoma and Glorietta 4 starting August 30 2017

Young people see climate change as top global challenge – survey

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Next to climate change the other top global challenges according to millenials are large scale conflicts or war and religious conflicts

What to expect at the premiere of 'An Inconvenient Sequel' on August 28

Aug 26, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Here s what you should expect during the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel in the Philippines

How to start a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Learn how to reduce waste and lead a sustainable lifestyle

Alternate route eyed for Palawan superhighway to spare 'Acacia Tunnel'

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:22 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways DPWH says it is considering an alternative route to save the century old acacia trees that form a tunnel like canopy along the national highway in Barangay Inagawan

TREES SAVED. The new Palawan superhighway won't pass through this path anymore.Photo by Edilberto Magpayo/Rappler

Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:21 AM

The treaty obliges member nations to promote mercury free gold processing methods to protect especially vulnerable populations and to end especially harmful practices

Atienza to DENR: Laguna Lake still cluttered with fish pens

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza urges the Laguna Lake Development Authority to conduct an honest to goodness dismantling of illegal fish pens

FOR DISMANTLING. Fish pens at the Laguna Lake, January 25, 2017. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

The power of truth: The U.S., Philippines, and the Paris Agreement

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Climate change is too big an issue for us to allow one country to hold the global community hostage and paralyzed in inaction Fortunately the world at the G20 summit didn’t have to be told

Los Angeles tests cooling pavement paint to beat heat

Aug 14, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Can a splash of gray pavement paint help combat global warming?

A morning view of downtown Los Angeles with the 101 freeway in the foreground, January 1, 2017 from the Hollywood Bowl Overlook in Hollywood, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Group to gov't: Punish Vietnamese fishermen for Palawan shark slaughter

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:12 PM

We urge the government to take swift legal action against them to send a strong message that we will not let the rape of our Philippine seas continue says Save Philippine Seas Executive Director Anna Oposa

SHARK HAUL. Authorities check the sharks in a Vietnamese fishing boat intercepted in Palawan waters. The big shark is believed to be a tiger shark. Photo from PAO WESCOM

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

Palawan's superhighway project called an 'environmental disaster'

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Plans to expand Palawan’s national highway from two to 6 lanes has alarmed citizens and civil society groups for its potential negative environmental impacts

EXTENSION. Construction has started for the extension of the Palawan highway in the southern portion of the province. Photo courtesy of Palawan NGO Network Incorporated

SEA Games: Malaysia urges Indonesia to keep a lid on haze

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin plays down fears that the games would be affected by haze

SEA GAMES VENUE. A bird's eye view of the Kuala Lumpur Sports City in Bukit Jalil. Photo from Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB).

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

Rappler Talk: Meet the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:10 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to two ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes on Rappler Talk at 8 pm Tuesday August 8 Bookmark this page to watch the interview

'Unified decision' needed on Payatas landfill – DENR exec

Aug 08, 2017 - 4:45 PM

If you consider the environmental aspects we can say na puwedeng i close pero iba naman yung consideration ng MMDA iba rin naman yung consideration ng Quezon City says Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones

COA hits MGB for P36M spent on 'unseaworthy' survey ship

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The RPS Explorer owned by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has undergone P36 72 million worth of repairs and maintenance work from 2012 to 2017 but it has not been deployed since 2011

UP Baguio launches 'car-less Wednesday' campaign

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The campaign s goal is two pronged: to reduce the university s carbon footprint and to encourage people to walk or ride bicycles

POLLUTED AND CONGESTED? The University of the Philippines - Baguio launches a campaign to address the problems of pollution and congestion in Baguio City. All photos by Alexa Yadao

U.S. to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit

Aug 05, 2017 - 12:24 PM

The State Department says Washington is still committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and engaging with the international community on combating climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. The US State Department says Washington is still committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Whilte House file photo by Jewel Samad/AFP; COP file photo courtesy of COP21

ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity releases the second edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook as it opens its new headquarters in UP Los Baños

Slim chance of reaching 2ºC climate goal – study

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:04 AM

There is a 5 chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius 3 6 degrees Fahrenheit the target set in the 2015 climate rescue Paris Agreement researchers say

KEEPING COOL. A woman drinks water from a plastic bottle on June 20, 2017 in Quimper, western France, during a heatwave alert. Fred Tanneau/AFP

DENR still reviewing suspensions, closures of mines

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:57 PM

I m afraid that we cannot release it today In due time we will announce it Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says of their ongoing review

MINING. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department will release the results of their review on mining closures and suspensions 'in due time.' Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Tagbanua to Nickelodeon: 'We don't need an underwater theme park in Coron'

Jul 28, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Coron Island is a natural paradise It doesn’t need to be developed into a man made paradise says Armil Pe Abella a Tagbanua

PRISTINE LAKE. Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan, one of the most spectacular lakes in the world. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Al Gore: I've given up on climate 'catastrophe' Trump

Jul 28, 2017 - 2:08 PM

We re going meet the US commitments regardless of what Donald Trump says Al Gore tells Agence France Presse

CLIMATE CHANGE. Governor of California Jerry Brown (L) and Former Vice President Al Gore attend the Los Angeles Special Screening of 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' at the Arclight Hollywood, on July 25, 2017, in Hollywood, California. Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP

The immortal plastic

Jul 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Why does plastic take so long to decompose when it is also made from fossil fuels which in turn come from once living organisms?

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – report

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Environment minister Michael Gove is due to present the government s keenly awaited £3 billion 3 9 billion 3 4 billion euro air pollution plan

LONDON TRAFFIC. Union flags fly above and in front of Britain's Houses of Parliament as a black London taxi cab and red London bus wait at traffic lights in central London on March 20, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

A day after Duterte s SONA Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department is one with the President in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners

FIRST DAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on May 10, 2017 recalls how he found out his appointment to the DENR. Screenshot by Rappler

No agri in SONA? Piñol says Duterte's style not to go into details

Jul 25, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the President talked about agriculture during the early part of his State of the Nation Address

SONA. After agriculture was barely mentioned in the 2nd State of the Nation Address, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says it is President Rodrigo Duterte's style not to go into details. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Duterte warns miners: Spend on rehab 'or I'll tax you to death'

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:58 PM

In his second State of the Nation Address President Rodrigo Duterte warns all mining operations and contractors to refrain from the unbridled and irresponsible destruction of our watersheds forests and aquatic resources

Extinction by people, for people and eventually, of people

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

So far we humans have done such a sweeping job of causing other species to vanish

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world

Jul 20, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Although no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found large volumes of data showing a detailed picture of the sea floor had to be collected to guide the probe

Three-dimensional models of the sea floor terrain which have been developed from high resolution (90 meter grid) bathymetric data from the survey in the southern part of the Indian Ocean, where the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumed on October 2014. Australia Joint Joint Agency Coordination Centre/Handout

Billions of tons of plastic trash accumulating on Earth

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:29 AM

More than 9 1 billion tons 8 3 metric tons of it have been produced on Earth with most dumped into landfills or the oceans

A man sits on his bike beside a garbage filled river in Manila on May 26, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Tell the #StoryOfTheNation through photos

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:58 AM

From the perspective of the people what is the story of the nation? Tell us through images

World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:50 PM

About 30 of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan which lies in the temperate zone suffered bleaching researchers say

BLEACHED. This combination of handout pictures released by Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies and created on July 18, 2017, shows coral reefs (L) in Toyotama, off the coast of Tsushima island taken in January 2016 before bleaching and the same coral reefs (R) in December 2017, after bleaching due to high water temperature. National Institute for Environmental Studies/AFP

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation off the hook

Cook Islands creates huge Pacific Ocean reserve

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Environmentalist Kevin Iro says the marine reserve known as Marae Moana would give the environment a chance to heal allowing the islanders to protect their legacy

ADB warns climate change 'disastrous' for Asia

Jul 14, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Unabated climate change threatens to undo many of the development advancements of the last decades not least by incurring high economic losses says a report from the Asian Development Bank