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Who is Roxanne Baeyens, Miss Philippines Earth 2020?

Jul 05, 2020 - 1:36 PM

The beauty queen from Baguio City makes history as the winner of Miss Philippines Earth's first online competition

Baguio City's Roxanne Baeyens is Miss Philippines Earth 2020

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:56 AM

Roxanne succeeds Janelle Tee

Miss Philippines Earth 2020 pageant pushing through in July

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:08 PM

The finals night will be taped from home

Winners Miss PH Earth July 10. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[OPINION] The green-red light: Changing the last 50 years of eco-imperialism

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:16 PM

'This pandemic that served as break from the excesses of neoliberalism is a window of opportunity to draw and build an alternative – an economic democracy'

[OPINION] Time for PH banks to withdraw from coal, invest in permanent solutions

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:48 PM

'13 Philippine banks provided over P319 million worth of financial services to coal developers.... With this, more communities across the country will have to suffer the dirty and deadly impact of power generation from coal'

Locked-down Delhi revels in fresh air and blue sky

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:55 PM

'We've never really experienced clean air like this,' says the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment

A motorist ride along a deserted street during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in New Delhi on April 2, 2020

Dalai Lama calls for 'universal responsibility' on Earth Day

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:23 PM

'In the midst of this struggle (against a pandemic), we are reminded of the value of compassion and mutual support,' says the Tibetan spiritual leader n a statement to mark Earth Day

Dalai Lama

Going zero waste during a pandemic? These advocates say it's possible

Apr 23, 2020 - 1:50 PM

While it may seem hard, environmental advocates say people can lessen the waste they produce daily even during the coronavirus pandemic

ZERO WASTE. One way that people can try to lessen the waste in their daily lifestyles is to wear reusable masks instead of disposable ones during this pandemic. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. attacks China climate record on Earth Day

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:20 AM

China is 'offsetting the progress of countries all around the world in reducing global emissions,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters

SMOG. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan, in east China's Shandong province amongst heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Photo by STR/AFP

Fight climate change like coronavirus – U.N.

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The UN's World Meteorological Organization says it is time to flatten the curve on climate change as well, with its impact on the planet 'reaching a crescendo' in the past 5 years

#EarthDay2020: PH facing its 'worst ecological crisis' – IBON Foundation

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:05 PM

IBON Foundation says the sorry state of the Philippine environment has made Filipinos very vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic

[OPINION] You can have a relationship with nature despite the lockdown

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'Longing for nature is a normal emotional response during this lockdown'

Earth Day 2020: Climate action in the time of the coronavirus

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Crises don't happen in a vacuum and that the issues we're confronting now, from climate to wildlife to public health, are related,' says Beatrice Tulagan of climate movement

[ANALYSIS] Ecological irresponsibility and pandemics

Apr 22, 2020 - 1:09 PM

'Today’s pandemic is the worst scenario but it has been foreseen. We can actually say we told you so to decision makers and to businesses who did not listen to us.'

TIPS: How to stay sustainable during the coronavirus pandemic

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:06 AM

You can do you part in helping Mother Earth despite the lockdown

look:Vendors at the public market of baguio city sell fresh highland vegetables, which come in bulk despite the difficulty in transporting the goods to the lowland markets. The department of agriculture however assured unhampered flow of vegetables by issuing food passes to traders. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[OPINION] Heherson Alvarez writes 30

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Senator Alvarez seemed to have been born to controversy. And he loved it. He embraced it.'

[OPINION] Earth Day at 50: Lessons for the post-coronavirus world

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'The global COVID-19 response, imperfect it may be, is demonstrating that rapid collaborative action on a planetary scale is possible; hence, there is hope for the climate'

300 PH scientists, conservationists call for 'a culture of care for nature'

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:49 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 'Make nature a priority,' Philippine leaders told in an open letter from 300 scientists, conservationists ahead of Earth Day 2020

How the old 'normal' caused the pandemic

Apr 19, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Our lives are too small, our minds so closed, our interests so shallow, our existing social and political ideologies too narrow, to recognize that we invited this non-living thing into our lives, into our normal'

Earth's got a new 'moon' – here's what to expect

Feb 29, 2020 - 3:13 PM

For a while at least, our main moon has a very tiny cousin

TWO MOONS. The Earth currently has two moons, but they won’t look like this in the sky. Author provided

To 11 million Brazilians, the Earth is flat

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:21 AM

Brazil is a country currently swept up in the post-truth era and the anti-intellectual, climate-change-skeptic worldview embodied by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

SUNSET. Worshippers take part in the traditional ceremony of Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda at the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on February 2, 2020. Photo by Rafael Martins/AFP

Earth captures new 'mini moon'

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:36 PM

Earth's new neighbor is not in a stable orbit around the planet and is unlikely to be around for very long

'MINI MOON.' The Catalina Sky Survey's' 61" Kuiper telescope and the CSS Schmidt under starry skies at Mt Bigelow Station. File photo from Catalina Sky Survey's website

Amazon boss Bezos launches $10B fund to combat climate change

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:22 AM

The Bezos Earth Fund is meant to 'fund scientists, activists, NGOs – any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world' says the executive

JEFF BEZOS. In this file photo taken on October 22, 2019 Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos speaks after receiving the 2019 International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Excellence in Industry Award during the the 70th International Astronautical Congress Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Half-a-million insect species face extinction – scientists

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:29 AM

The decline of butterflies, beetles, ants, bees, wasps, flies, crickets, and dragonflies have consequences far beyond their own demise

BEES KNEES. A picture taken on September 14, 2019 shows bees near a beehive, in Loue, northwestern France. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Stardust 7 billion years old: Scientists say oldest solid material found

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:51 AM

'They're solid samples of stars, real stardust,' scientist Philipp Heck says

REAL METEOR GARDEN. File photo shows the milky way and meteors of the April Lyrids annual meteor shower are seen in the night sky over Burg auf Fehmarn on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, northern Germany, on April 20, 2018. Photo by  Daniel Reinhardt/dpa/AFP   Shooting stars on demand: Japan start-up plans 2020 meteor shower Japan | science | astronomy | entertainment | offbeat associated with x Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Thursday 7/19/2018 - 16:50 UTC+8 | 480 words  A Japanese start-up developing "shooting stars on demand" says it will be ready to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower in a spectacular show over Hiroshima in early 2020.  ALE, based in Tokyo, is in the final stages of developing two micro-satellites that will release tiny balls that glow brightly as they enter the atmosphere, simulating a meteor shower.  The first satellite will hitch a ride into space on a rocket being launched by Japan's space agency by March 2019.  The second will be launched in mid-2019 on a private-sector rocket.  "We are targeting the whole world, as our stockpile of shooting stars will be in space and can be delivered across the world," ALE chief executive Lena Okajima told reporters on Wednesday.  Each satellite will be able to carry 400 tiny balls whose chemical formula is a closely-guarded secret.  Ejected from the satellite, the balls will glow as they plunge through the atmosphere.  The 400 balls will be enough for 20-30 events, according to the company, and the satellites will be able to stay in space for around two years.  The company is also exploring the possibility of using satellites already in space that are no longer operational to create "giant" shooting stars, officials said.  "We are planning to push a used satellite into the atmosphere on a targeted orbit to create a giant artificial shooting star," ALE chief engineer Ko Kamachi, adding that the idea was still in the basic research phase.  ALE's two satellites will start orbiting the Earth by February 2020, preparing for the world's first delivery of artificial shooting stars in spring 2020, over the western Japan city of Hiroshima.  The satellites can be used separately or in tandem, and will be programmed to eject the balls at the right location, speed and direction to put on a show for viewers on the ground.  Tinkering with the ingredients in the balls should mean that it is possible to change the colours they glow, offering the possibility of a multi-coloured flotilla of shooting stars.  Each star is expected to shine for several seconds before being completely burned up -- well before they fall low enough to pose any danger to anything on Earth.  They would glow brightly enough to be seen even over the light-polluted metropolis of Tokyo.  If all goes well, and the skies are clear, the 2020 event could be visible to millions of people, ALE said.  Okajima said the company chose Hiroshima for its first display because of its good weather, landscape and cultural assets.  ALE is working in collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities as well as local government officials and corporate sponsors.  It has not disclosed the price for an artificial meteor but it may not come so cheap, with the company spending about $20 million for the development, production, launch and operation of the two satellites.  mis/sah/jta  © Agence France-Presse

2019 in Philippine pageants: An end of an era, new beginnings

Jan 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

We look back at the ups and downs of the Philippine pageant scene

These will make you hope and (hopefully) act

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Science writer Maria Isabel Garcia shares her 'hope finds' – a list of actions that will hopefully lift up our spirits and move us to act

Photo recap: Miss Earth 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 5:48 PM

This year's finals was held in the afternoon, timed to catch Manila's sunset

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Who is Nellys Pimentel, Miss Earth 2019?

Oct 27, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Learn more about Puerto Rico's first Miss Earth, who trained under the Philippines' Kagandahang Flores

Miss Earth. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Nellys Pimentel's Miss Earth 2019 journey

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Nellys makes history as the first Puerto Rican candidate to win the Miss Earth crown

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Janelle Tee finishes among Top 20 finalists in Miss Earth 2019

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Puerto Rico's Nellys Pimentel is Miss Earth 2019

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Earth 2019 'hashtag,' Q and A rounds

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Whose answer did you like the most?

Puerto Rico's Nellys Pimentel is Miss Earth 2019

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Nellys is crowned the new Miss Earth 2019

NELLYS PIMENTEL. The Puerto Rican beauty queen wins Miss Earth 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Earth 2019 pageant

Oct 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who will be the new ambassador for Mother Earth?

Who is Miss Earth Ghana 2019 Evelyn Abena Appiah?

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:18 AM

She just... gets us, you know?

IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth 2019 candidates in national costume

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Which of the costumes stood out?

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LOOK: Janelle Tee's Ati-Atihan-inspired national costume for Miss Earth 2019

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Janelle's national costume is made by Patrick Isorena

IN PHOTOS: Meet the candidates of Miss Earth 2019

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:32 AM

More than 80 ladies from around the world are in the Philippines for the pageant on October 26

Moon rocks can help reveal how life evolved on Earth – and may enable us to resurrect extinct species

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Moon craters can hold the key to explaining how complex, multi-cellular organisms evolved on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago, affording unimaginable insights into our planet’s biological past

Mr Earth Philippines 2019 supports petition to stop Kaliwa Dam project

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:33 PM

'Remember it is not only their fight but it is also ours, for we live in one country and what affects them will eventually affect us too,' Robin Canuzo says as he asks Filipinos to sign the petition

How expensive organic food led this couple to pursue sustainable farming

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:06 AM

They grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs without synthetic fertilizers, and raise their animals without antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones

Earth's 2019 resources 'budget' spent by July 29 – report

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:02 PM

'The costs of this global ecological overspending are becoming increasingly evident in the form of deforestation, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, or the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere'

'Sesame Street,' Earth, Wind & Fire among Kennedy Center honorees

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:26 PM

This year, the Kennedy Center Honors, one of America's most prestigious arts awards, recognizes the impact of 'Sesame Street' and the famous R&B group

Photo recap: Miss Philippines Earth 2019 coronation night

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Pasig City's Janelle Tee leads this year's Philippine Earth ambassadors

Awards Miss Philippines Earth 2019. Photo Rob Reyes/Rappler

Who is Janelle Tee, Miss Philippines Earth 2019?

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The TV host from Pasig wins the title on her second try

Miss PH Earth July 10. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Philippines Earth Q and A segment

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Check out the answers of the Top 5 finalists of Miss Philippines Earth 2019 here!

Janelle Lazo Tee of Pasig is Miss Philippines Earth 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Janelle beats 39 candidates to represent the country in the Miss Earth pageant

NEW QUEENS. Miss Philippines Earth crowns a new batch of queens. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Miss Philippines Earth 2019

Jul 09, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Who will be this year's Philippine Earth ambassadors?

[OPINION] Can you make every day Earth Day?

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

When I decided to be a lawyer, I wanted to uphold truth and justice at all costs, working hard to fight not only for my countrymen and the motherland, but for Mother Nature as well.

IN PHOTOS: Meet the 40 candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Coronation night is on July 10

Miss Philippines Earth press presentation June 24. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler