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DENR, Customs officials face charges over Canada trash

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the officials violated the anti-graft law and the law prohibiting the importation of hazardous wastes

GOOD RIDDANCE. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, is given a "send-off" by Greenpeace activists on bancas in Subic Bay. Photo from Greenpeace

Fast response: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Earthquakes, typhoons, or terrorist attacks can strike anytime, and organizers want to be as prepared as possible

RESCUE DRILL. Members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces and a Tokyo Fire Department rescuer check on dummies of injured persons during a simulation disaster drill at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on December 19, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Global natural resource consumption tops 100 billion tons for first time

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Wealthy nations, the authors note, consume 10 times more resources per person than in the developing world, and produce far more waste

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/Shutterstock.com

[OPINYON] Trahedya dahil sa isang terminong hindi nauunawaan ng lahat

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hindi namimili ang salitang 'trahedya,' at hindi rin dapat namimili ang salitang 'kaligtasan'

Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills 6 in China

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Several people disappear into the sinkhole as it spreads, including what appears to be a child

ACCIDENT. On January 13, 2020, an enormous sinkhole swallowed passers-by and a public bus in northwest China. (Photo by STR/AFP)

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake leaves 1 dead in Puerto Rico – media

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) The earthquake's first reported victim, a 73-year-old resident of the southern city of Ponce, died after a wall fell in his home

EARTHQUAKE WORRIES. People remain outdoors for fear of possible aftershocks in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 8, 2020, one day after an earthquake. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

For some who lost entire families and communities to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, surfing is a way to heal

SURVIVAL SURFING. This picture taken on December 9, 2019 shows Dery Setyawan, a survivor of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, carrying his surfboard after surfing on Lhoknga beach in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

COA finds gov't on losing end of DENR property sale

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' sale of property at Eastwood 'favored the buyer' and caused a P31-million loss to the government

If real estate developers cared for our mental health

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We have evolved with and in nature and thus need more than just Instagrammable brushes with it in order to live

Tornado hits 5 barangays in Marawi City – report

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) The Lanao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office is conducting assessment in coordination with the city government

TORNADO. A tornado hits several barangays in Marawi City on Monday, November 4. All photos provided by PIA-10 Regional Director Frank Gumapon

Tulunan officials seek help for earthquake victims

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) Municipal officials have asked provincial officials and the national government for more tents, food packs, and trauma healing for earthquake victims

DESTROYED. A structure in Tulunan, Cotabato, is destroyed following a tremor. Tulunan was the epicenter of 3 strong earthquakes in October 2019. Photo courtesy of the Tulunan MDRRMO

Forest ranger killed in Nueva Ecija

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Ronaldo Corpuz, a community environment and natural resources officer in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, is the 3rd environmental worker killed in 2019

Kaliwa Dam project earns environmental clearance despite alleged violations

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Indigenous communities are disappointed due to alleged violations in completing or fulfilling procedural requirements for the environmental compliance certificate of the Kaliwa Dam project

PROTESTING. Groups protest the Kaliwa Dam project in front of the DENR office. Photo courtesy of Stop Kaliwa Dam Network

Japan allocates millions in aid for typhoon-hit regions

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will offer 710 million yen ($6.5 million) to help areas affected by the storm

AFTERMATH. A family rest at an evacuation shelter in Nagano on October 14, 2019, after Typhoon Hagibis crashed into Japan on October 12, unleashing high winds and torrential rain across 36 of the country's 47 prefectures, and triggering landslides and catastrophic flooding. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan searches for survivors as Typhoon Hagibis death toll hits 56

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Rescue work that is continuing into the night risks being hampered by additional rain falling in central and eastern Japan that officials warn could cause fresh flooding and landslides

AFTERMATH. Japan Self-Defense Forces evacuate residents from a flooded area during search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Marumori, Miyagi prefecture on October 14, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press//AFP

From Med's biggest nesting ground, turtles swim to uncertain future

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Tourism, climate change and good fortune all weigh on the future of the loggerhead turtle population, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists as vulnerable

A newborn loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) heads towards the sea after got free from their eggshells at a beach in Kyparissia, south west Greece, on September 23, 2019. With a coastline of around 44 kilometres (27 miles), Kyparissia had over 3,700 nests this year, up from 3,500 in 2018. Typically, female loggerhead return to the beach of their birth to lay their eggs once they mature at the age of 20. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30 – gov't

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Among the confirmed dead are 3 young children, with many people killed by falling debris in and around quake-struck Ambon City

DAMAGED. Several homes are damaged in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

Indonesia earthquake death toll lowered to 19 – disaster agency

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:05 PM

National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo says the death toll has been lowered after officials realized some of the deceased has been double-counted

AFTERMATH. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on September 27, 2019 shows damaged homes in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on September 26. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNPB)

DENR suspends all dragon boat races in Boracay

Sep 27, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends all dragon boat race activities in Boracay in the wake of a deadly accident that claimed the lives of 7 members of a local dragon boat group

Indonesia haze reaches Metro Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The environment department recommends that residents minimize outdoor activity as air pollution in Cebu City is already above safe levels

HAZE. Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Tubbataha’s Angelique Songco receives biodiversity award

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Songco receives the KfW Bernhard Grzimek Prize for her exemplary work in protecting the reef’s extraordinary biodiversity while also meeting the needs of the local population and tourists

MAMA RANGER. Angelique Songco of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Water discovered for first time in atmosphere of habitable exoplanet

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Eight times the mass of Earth and twice as big, K2-18b orbits in its star's 'habitable zone' at a distance – neither too far nor too close – where water can exist in liquid form, scientists report

EXOPLANET. This artist’s impression shows the planet K2-18b, its host star and an accompanying planet in this system. Image from ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

Environmental groups urge gov't to block coal plant in Palawan

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The Green Thumb Coalition calls for a shift to renewable energy in view of the current climate emergency

BAN COAL PROJECTS. Members of the Green Thumb Coalition called for a total moratorium on coal projects in the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel's passion for plastic

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

A June report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranks Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and southern Turkey

A plastic cup left behind by beachgoers is pictured on the sand on a beach in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 21, 2019. A report in June 2019 by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranked Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and Turkey’s Cilicia region.  JACK GUEZ / AFP

[OPINION] 'Never feel small': What I learned as Gina Lopez's executive assistant

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:08 PM

More often than not, bosses complicate our lives, scare the hell out of us, and make us want to go to therapy. But let me tell you a story of a 'boss' who changed it all.

Public hearings on Kaliwa Dam set for August

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The public hearings, organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will be held in Quezon and Rizal

'SAVE OUR FUTURE.' Indigenous peoples from Quezon and Rizal march to oppose the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo courtesy of Leandro Miguel Novero

DENR, Aklan gov't to help in Boracay garbage hauling payment

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The Malay government is facing difficulty in paying ECOS P95 million for its collection, hauling, and dumping services from January to June 2019

Humanity's next test: Feed 10 billion without ruining Earth

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Stephen Cornelius, WWF's chief advisor on climate change, says the world needs 'an urgent transformation in how we use land in the future'

Gov't decides to keep El Nido open

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido will remain open to tourists, but swimming areas will continue to be restricted

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

Environment coalition urges gov't to speed up renewable energy projects

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Power for People Coalition calls on the President to come up with an executive order that will formalize his directive for the energy department to fast-track 'the development of renewable energy sources'

Groups push for stronger legal protection for the environment

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The rights of nature seeks to provide legal rights to the environment and recognize it as a rights-bearing entity

NATURE HAS RIGHTS. The groups call for the recognition and passage of 'Rights of Nature Law' on July 22, 2019. Photo by Kale Luaton, PMPI

A layer of 'aerogel' could make Mars habitable and even enable life to develop there – but here's why we should wait

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Ideas for changing or 'terraforming' Mars, by introducing an atmospheric greenhouse effect to warm it, have been around for a long time

Artist concept of settlement on Mars. NASA

Deforestation + climate change = dead end for wildlife

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:55 PM

Less than two-fifths of forests across Latin America, Asia and Africa currently allow for animals and plants to avoid potentially intolerable increases in temperature, according to a report from the journal Nature Climate Change.

DEFORESTATION. This aerial photo taken on March 3, 2018 shows a protected area of the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve as part of the Leuser Ecosystem in Trumon, South Aceh, which is being burnt in preparation for the opening of a new palm oil plantation. File photo by Januar/AFP

Japan on landslide alert as heavy rains lash south

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Japan Meteorological Agency warns that life-threatening landslides are possible

RAINS. A train stops at a station during a heavy rain in Kagoshima on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Baguio's Balili River has 'far worse' fecal coliform level than Manila Bay

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the Balili River in Baguio City 'has severely deteriorated'

File photo from the Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region

DENR orders temporary closure of Baguio dumpsite

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:46 PM

There have been plans to turn the Irisan dumpsite into an eco-park as early as 2012

Environment group hits Oceanagold for operating without gov't contract

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Kalikasan PNE also calls out the environment department for not blocking Oceanagold's application for Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement renewal. Its first FTAA has expired on June 20.

OCEANAGOLD. A mining pit operated by OceanaGold. Image from oceanagold.com

How to keep imported waste out of the Philippines

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The Philippines doesn't take in a lot of foreign waste compared to its neighbors, but it may become a dumping ground of smuggled garbage if the government doesn't act fast

With China and other Asian countries already imposing stricter regulations on importing waste, the Philippines will have to double its efforts in preventing more importation of hazardous waste in the future

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tons of plastic waste

May 28, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'We urge developed countries to stop shipping garbage to our country,' says Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia's minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change

PLASTIC WASTE. A member of the media takes pictures of containers filled with plastic waste before shipping back to the country of origin in Port Klang, west of Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Endangered green sea turtle found dead in Cebu town

May 27, 2019 - 9:19 PM

This is not the first time that locals have observed motorboat propeller injuries on sea turtles

PROPELLER INJURIES. This is not the first time that locals have observed propeller injuries on sea turtles. Photo courtesy of Kristina Luz Tapales

Rare albino panda caught on camera in China

May 26, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The spotless, red-eyed animal is photographed while trekking through the forest in Sichuan province

This handout photograph taken on April 20, 2019 and released by the Wolong National Nature Reserve on May 26, 2019 shows a rare all-white giant panda in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan province. - A rare all-white panda was caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwestern Sichuan province, showing that albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, reported state media. (Photo by HANDOUT / Wolong National Nature Reserve / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Wolong National Nature Reserve" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE

Sleepless in Berlin: Nightingales flock to scruffy city parks

May 26, 2019 - 7:58 AM

A project by Berlin's Natural History Museum asks city dwellers to go out and record nightingales' song with their smartphone and upload it onto an app

DENR eyes total ban on waste imports

May 24, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The government has had enough of misdeclared shipment carrying garbage entering the country's ports

Authorities at the Mindanao Container Terminal intercepted a container from Hong Kong carrying electronic waste. These were misdeclared as assorted electronix accessories. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

No new date for garbage shipment after Canada misses deadline

May 21, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Canada only manages to book a handler that will ship back the garbage on May 19, or 4 days after the May 15 deadline

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation adopts 25 estuaries

May 21, 2019 - 5:45 PM

As part of a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Metro Pacific unit Maynilad will also fast-track the connection of customers to its sewage system

A man clean the Estero de Magdalena at Recto in Binondo, Manila on 30 March 2019. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will start the simultaneous clean-up of estero tommorrow March 31, 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Philippines loans 2 eagles to Singapore

May 20, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Philippine Eagle Foundation executive director Dennis Salvador says the wildlife loan agreement with Singapore serves as an 'insurance policy' in case anything happens to Philippine eagles in the country

By signing a Wildlife Loan Agreement with Wildlife Reserves Singapore's, the DENR will send female Philippine Eagle Sambisig and male Philippine Eagle Geothermica to Jurong Bird Park to ensure the survival of the country's national bird. Photo courtesy of Philippine Eagle Foundation

DENR summons Bataan town mayor, councilors over open dumpsite

May 08, 2019 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Environment Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management Benny Antiporda says the open dumpsite in Limay, Bataan, is another Smokey Mountain in the making

TRASH MOUNTAIN. AThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be conducting an investigation after it found that the open dumpsite in Limay, Bataan is still being used by the local government despite its closure in 2015. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Canada to pay for shipping out 69 container vans of trash – Malacañang

May 07, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte gives Canada until May 15 to start transporting the illegally-shipped garbage out of the Philippines

The EcoWaste Coalition hold a protest action to push for the long delayed re-export of Canadian garbage in Philippines to its origin following of President Rodrigo Duterte ultimatum held at near Canadian Embassy in Makati on 29 April 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lost world: UN report shows nature at death's door

May 04, 2019 - 5:10 PM

A draft document of a UN report depicts a planet suffering due to overconsumption and pollution

The morning sun rises past buildings and haze over the Jakarta city skyline on August 17, 2018. - Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Lack of tenure, proper gear take toll on Mindoro's tamaraw rangers

May 01, 2019 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) These rangers have devoted their lives to protecting the tamaraws despite lack of tenure, lack of proper tools and gear, and the dangers that come with the job

PROTECTION. Tamaraws are not only endemic in the Philippines but also critically endangered. Photo from D'Aboville Foundation