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Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk – United Nations

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Almost 10 million people under 18 live in the areas worst affected by fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and the country's part of Borneo island, UNICEF says

AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS. A child wears a facemask as a thick haze blankets the sky over Banda Aceh on September 24, 2019, caused when Indonesian farmers use illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture, spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Indonesia forest fire haze reaches the Philippines

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Haze from the forest fires raging in Indonesia drifts across central and southern Philippines

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

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The school closures affect at least 1.7 million students in Malaysia. It is not clear how many pupils were forced to stay home in neighboring Indonesia.

MALAYSIA HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (C), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires – Jokowi

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

During a visit to Riau province in central Sumatra, President Joko Widodo says nearly 6,000 troops have been sent to hot spots to help put out fires

FOREST FIRES. Motorists make their way along a street in Kampar, Riau on September 17, 2019 which is covered in thick haze. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Large forest fire blazing near Athens

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Greek fire department says it had been called to nearly 80 fires over the past 24 hours

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Hundreds of schools shut as forest fire haze blankets Southeast Asia

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo island are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations

SENT HOME. Indonesian schoolgirls wear facemasks as they are sent home after schools were ordered closed in Pekanbaru, Riau on September 10, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

RESULTS: September 2019 Forester Licensure Examination

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 1,082 out of 1,934 passed the Forester Licensure Examination

Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

El Nido forest ranger hacked to death

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:57 PM

Police have identified the victim as Bienvinido 'Toto' Veguilla Jr, 44, a forest ranger of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Go cashless, help plant trees at Ipo watershed

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Through GCash Forest, every transaction lets you earn points you can use to plant a real tree

U.N., France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:59 PM

French president Emmanuel Macron tweets: 'Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning'

CHARRED. File photo of the result of practice of slash-and-burn in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Photo by guentermanaus/Shutterstock.com

Brazil's Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'No matter how successful we are, if our Earth dies, we all die,' says one Twitter post

Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. (Photo by RICARDO MORAES / POOL / AFP)

Forest fires in Brazil surge as deforestation accelerates

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Fires have been concentrated in states occupying the Amazon. Thick smoke has blanketed several cities in recent days and even caused a commercial flight to be diverted.

FOREST FIRES. In this image, taken by NOAA-20, the smoke from the fires in the Amazon rainforest can be clearly seen. File photo from NOAA

The protectors of Manila's last lung

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:00 PM

With support from Manila's mayor, Arroceros Forest Park is safe for the first time in a long time – a huge relief for its protectors, who have spent the better part of the last two decades fighting to keep it alive

IN PHOTOS: An afternoon stroll inside Arroceros Forest Park

Aug 10, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said in July that he wants to expand the forest park, also called the last lung of Manila

MANILA'S LAST LUNG. Arroceros Forest Park is one of the few green spaces in the busy capital of Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How non-timber forest products preserve living traditions in the Philippines

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:05 AM

Through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ School of Living Traditions, a cultural master teaches the skills and techniques of doing a traditional art or craft

WEAVER. A woman in South Cotabato is doing a backstrop weaving. Photo courtesy of NTFP-EP Philippines and Custom are Crafts Center

Forest elephants: The jumbo surprise outside Nigeria's megacity

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Forest elephants are the shy relations of their larger savannah cousins and are experts at hiding; so skilled, in fact, very few in the city know about them

This handout picture taken on January 3, 2017 and released by the Omo Forest Initiative shows elephants walking in the Omo Forest, a home for elephants, northeast of Africa's biggest city Lagos. Omo, spreading across some 1,325 square kilometres (510 square miles) of southwestern Ogun state, was protected as a government reserve nearly a century ago. A UNESCO "biosphere reserve" of global importance, it is one of the last patches of pristine rainforest left in Nigeria. Nigeria's deforestation rates are among the highest in the world, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. Handout / Omo Forest Initiative / AFP

High-value opportunities exist to restore tropical rainforests around the world – here's how we mapped them

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We hope our results can help governments, conservation groups and international funders target areas where there is high potential for success

PHILIPPINE FOREST. Forest restoration is underway in Biliran, Leyte, Philippines led by the local community with support from international researchers and government agencies. Robin Chazdon, CC BY-ND

Isko Moreno: No to building of gym in Arroceros Forest Park

May 18, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'It will be retained as Arroceros park, full of trees that help us breathe better,' says Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso

NO TO A GYM. Isko Moreno says he will oppose the building of a gymnasium at the Arroceros Forest Park because he suspects that it will be turned into a cock-fighting arena. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Against the tide: Thailand 'floating temple' defies coastal erosion

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:26 PM

In Thailand, a quarter of the country's shores – or about 700 kilometers – are eroding, some 'severely', according to data by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources

FLOATING TEMPLE. This aerial photo taken on March 9, 2019 shows a view of a Buddhist temple isolated by coastal erosion in Samut Chin village, off the shore of Samut Prakan. Photo by Jonathan Klein/AFP

Seoul declares national disaster as winds fan giant forest fire

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Fanned by strong winds it quickly spread through the mountainous area, incinerating 400 homes and 500 hectares of land, says the government

Firefighters try to put out a fire from smouldering debris after a forest fire hit the area in Donghae on April 5, 2019. - A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea on April 5, as authorities declared a rare national emergency, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. (Photo by YONHAP / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

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.

5 killed in huge Benguet forest fire

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The dead include 4 Philex Mines foresters and one resident

California wildfire toll matches deadliest ever with 29 victims

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:38 AM

The 'Camp Fire' is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across California, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map

FIRE DEATHS. Yuba County Sheriff officers carry a body away from a burned residence in Paradise, California, on November 10, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Curious Wiji’s magic touch

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Wiji Lacsamana is not your regular tattoo artist

WIJI IN WONDERLAND. The tattoo artist's studio is filled with all kinds of knick-knacks that represent her various interests. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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

RESULTS: September 2018 Forester Licensure Exam

Sep 17, 2018 - 5:33 PM

1,048 out of 1,776 passes the September 2018 Forester Licensure Examination

New wildfire rips through northern California

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The wildfire in Lakehead area has already devastated almost 10,000 hectares in just two days and continues to spread

WILDFIRE. Shutterstock file photo.

'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

Masungi Georeserve presents the first ‘Explorer Encounters’ conference

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:05 PM

In partnership with with National Geographic Society-Asia and Forest Foundation Philippines, National Geographic explorers, conservation changemakers, and expert storytellers will gather to discuss the theme, “Conservation Storytelling in the Digital Age.”

French soldiers arrive in Sweden to fight wildfires

Jul 23, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Firefighters are battling around 50 wildfires after an unprecedented drought in the region and soaring temperatures, which have reached the highest in a century

FIRE FIGHTERS. Stephane Nissle and the rest of the French civil protection service arrive at Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm on July 23, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Forest rangers of Freedom Island fight losing battle vs plastic pollution

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Because of the immense volume of plastic trash in Manila Bay, forest rangers of Freedom Island and Long Islang in Parañaque say coastal cleanups are not enough

PLASTIC EVERYWHERE. Coastal cleanups are not enough to save Freedom and Long Islands in Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Mt Pulag fire: Hikers face imprisonment, P18-M fine

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The hikers from Cebu will be charged for violating the Forest Code of the Philippines, says the DENR

 TORCHED. Mount Pulag is closed off from hikers for 6 months after a grassland fire. Bureau of Fire Protection photo

WATCH: Logan Paul returns to YouTube with suicide prevention video

Jan 25, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Logan Paul is back after his much-criticized antics in Aokigahara forest in Japan

DENR prepares charges vs hikers responsible for Mount Pulag fire

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'The DENR recognizes the impact the fire had on the national park and we will pursue all legal avenues to bring those responsible to account,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

2 DENR officials in Zamboanga Peninsula relieved

Jan 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he will not hesitate to file charges against any DENR personnel found conniving with those who violate their Integrated Forest Management Agreements

Cimatu orders review of forest management licenses in PH

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Fifty-one of the companies with Integrated Forest Management Agreements are in Mindanao, while 40 are in Luzon and 13 are in the Visayas

LOGGING IN MINDANAO. President Duterte is shown a video of a deforested area in a Zamboanga mountain range. Photo from Manny Piñol Facebook

Nottingham players campaign to get FA Cup hero Eric Lichaj a dog

Jan 08, 2018 - 10:32 PM

After scoring twice in Nottingham Forest's upset win over Arsenal, Eric Lichaj really wants a dog

HEAVY ARSENAL. Eric Lichaj fell one goal short of a hat trick but his teammates think he definitely deserves to get a dog. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Senegal's rebels blame massacre to logging feud

Jan 08, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC) says it 'firmly condemns' the killings, which it says seeks to derail efforts to restore peace to the troubled Casamance region

Abdoulaye Balde (2nd R), the mayor of the southern regional capital of Ziguinchor, visits a victim of an attack by armed men in the Bayotte forest on January 7, 2018. A ministerial fact-finding mission was headed to Casamance in southern Senegal on January 7, after 13 youths were killed in the first upsurge in violence in the isolated region in years. The youths were collecting wood in the Bayotte forest, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the regional capital Ziguinchor, "when they were attacked by an armed band of 15 people", army spokesman Abdou Ndiaye told AFP. A source in Ziguinchor said that 13 were killed and two were able to escape, with Ndiaye adding that seven others were injured in the attack. Photo by Seyllou/AFP

Reigning holders Arsenal dumped out of FA Cup in day of upsets

Jan 08, 2018 - 3:41 AM

The day also saw Leeds United shocked by Welsh club Newport County

UPSET. FA Cup holders Arsenal were sensationally dumped out of the competition by Nottingham Forest. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

YouTube star apologizes for viral suicide video

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Logan Paul films the video in Aokigahara, known as 'the Japanese Suicide Forest' because of its reputation

VLOGGER. Logan Paul poses in the press room during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images North America / AFP

‘Haunted Forest’ review: Interesting but hardly scary

Dec 30, 2017 - 5:43 PM

'The film uses the squabbles between daughter and father as an emotional anchor for its supernatural elements'

'Haunted Forest': A different type of horror film

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The cast, including the director Ian Loreños share what to expect in the only horror film in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival

Jane Oineza talks about relationship with former 'Pinoy Big Brother' housemate Kyle Secades

Dec 13, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Jane clarifies reports that she got into a relationship with Kyle after her breakup with Jeron Teng

Jameson Blake, Jon Lucas on Franco Hernandez's death: We miss him

Dec 11, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The two Hashtag members, who star in 'Haunted Forest' share how the group is coping with the death of Franco

Last 4 movies for MMFF 2017 announced

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:02 PM

'Deadma Walking,' 'Siargao,' 'Haunted Forest' and 'Ang Larawan' will join the film festival line up in December

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 9, 2017

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday.