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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

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Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The brainchild of Milanese architect Stefano Boeri, the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) uses more than 20,000 trees and plants to adorn high-rise buildings

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CELINE CORNU - A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows the architectural complex designed by Studio Boeri, the "Bosco Verticale" (Vertical Forest) in the Porta Nuova area in Milan. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

7 things will make coming home a bit more fun

Sep 29, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Your home is about to get much cooler

Fakta-fakta mengejutkan di balik lezatnya kue Black Forest

Aug 13, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Siapa sangka kue lezat ini ternyata sudah hadir sejak abad pertengahan?

Salah satu penyajian kue Black Forest. Foto diambil dari Times

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hundreds flee as fire rages in southern France

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The blaze is contained after ravaging 500 hectares 1 250 acres of pine forest and bush 40 kilometers 25 miles southwest of Montpellier the fire service says


The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

The week in photos: July 22-28, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:57 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Berita selebriti hari ini: Kamis, 20 Juli 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - 5:48 PM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

The week in photos: June 17-23, 2017

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:18 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Afghan refugee women wait to scan their eyes at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 19, 2017 ahead of the World Refugee Day. Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

Jun 22, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Civil protection official Carlos Tavares says the fire in Gois affected 20 000 hectares The firefighting effort involves nearly 2 400 firemen and water bombing planes

Questions over fire response as Portugal battles blaze

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:19 PM

As water bombing planes make regular passes over the flames there were growing questions as to whether the response to the disaster could have been better

A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017.  A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

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Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

Jun 18, 2017 - 11:42 PM

4th UPDATE Many of the fatalities were burnt to death in their cars the government says

A wildfire is reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal, on June 18, 2017.  A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late on June 17 to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

'Musika Foresta': Dari musisi untuk hutan Indonesia

May 11, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Konser Musika Foresta akan digelar Sabtu 13 Mei mendatang

Sejumlah musisi terlibat di proyek konser 'Musika Foresta' yang akan diadakan Sabtu, 13 Mei. Foto oleh Clara A. Jovita/Rappler.

Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:51 AM

The cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar had been put on alert as the fire tore through 230 hectares 570 acres in just a few hours amid strong winds and soaring temperatures

IN FLAMES. Picture released on March 12, 2017 by Aton Chile shows firefighters working to put out a forest fire in Valparaiso. Raul Zamora / Aton Chile / Handout / AFP

Chile farmers fight forest fire 'catastrophe'

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:37 AM

Flames have destroyed 155 000 hectares 600 square miles of land in the center of the country and at least 4 000 people have been evacuated

Picture taken during a forest fire in Litueche, 150 km south of Santiago, on January 24, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Budget guide: 6 things to do in Yunnan, China

Jan 08, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Looking to explore China outside of Shanghai Nanjing and Beijing? Here are the beautiful history rich attractions you can see in Yunnan

YUNNAN. There are many things to see and do in and around Yunnan. The Stone Forest, pictured above, is just a bus ride away. All photos by Joshua Berida

Cleopatra's Needle in Palawan declared critical habitat

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Cleopatra s Needle Forest Reserve CNFR one of the oldest and most diverse forests in the country now has additional protection

SHROUDED IN FOG. Cleopatra's Needle in Palawan. Photo courtesy CS

Coron farmers group wants justice for slain leader

Sep 26, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Farmers in Basuanga want the killer of peasant leader Arnel Figueroa jailed Figueroa s murder was caught on video

SLAIN FARMER. Arnel Figueroa dies after a heated exchange with the blue guards of the Bureau of Animal Industry in Coron, Palawan. Screengrab from video

RESULTS: September 2016 Forester Board Exam

Sep 16, 2016 - 6:34 PM

633 out of 1 370 passed the Forester Licensure Examination this September 2016

Whistleblower Jun Lozada guilty of graft

Aug 23, 2016 - 10:31 AM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan s 4th Division has sentenced NBN ZTE deal whistleblower Jun Lozada and his brother to 6 to 10 years in prison

GUILTY. Whistleblower Jun Lozada, who exposed the controversial NBN-ZTE deal with China in the Arroyo administration, posting bail for his temporary liberty at the Sandiganbayan on August 23, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler