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Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:09 AM

One emergency worker says the coronavirus might be dissuading people from volunteering to help with the rescue efforts

DESTROYED. A man sits outside the house of his aunt, who died from flooding of the Kuma river due to torrential rains, in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture on July 8, 2020. Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP

Japan issues fresh rain disaster warnings as toll hits 54

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Local media report that some people were preferring to sleep in cars rather than risk coronavirus infection at shelters

DAMAGE. An officer walks past a damaged car in Hitoyoshi, in Kumamoto Prefecture on July 8, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

More than a million hit by India monsoon floods

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:07 AM

About 70% of Assam's World Heritage-listed Kaziranga National Park – home to two-thirds of the world's remaining one-horned rhinos – is submerged by the floods

FLOODED. A villager walks with his cattle through floodwaters at Buraburi village of Morigoan district in India's northeastern state of Assam on June 27, 2020. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

Villar’s realty group begins cutting 53 pine trees in Baguio

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:58 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources gives Vista Residences Inc a special private land timber permit during the pandemic

VISTA Residences Inc starts cutting old growth pine trees behind the presidential mansion while Baguio City awaits Malacañang action on the LGU’s proposed moratorium on tree cutting. Photo courtesy of Jo An Jaja Marquez

Case cracked: Mystery Antarctica fossil is massive prehistoric egg

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:46 AM

The team believe this egg wasn't from a dinosaur

EGG. A fossil egg from the Antarctic Peninsula 66 million-years ago. Photo from Chilean National Museum of Natural History

Dozens killed as south China hit by floods and rainstorms

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:12 AM

Floods and mudslides cause nearly 230,000 people to be relocated and destroy more than 1,300 houses

FLOODED. Submerged streets and inundated buildings after heavy rain caused flooding in Yangshuo, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by STR/AFP

Scientific journal Nature joins global academic strike vs anti-black racism

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:29 PM

In an editorial, science publisher Nature says it is 'one of the white institutions that is responsible for bias in research and scholarship'

NATURE. A picture taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of English multidisciplinary scientific journal Nature displayed on computers' screens. File photo by Loic Venance/AFP

[OPINION] Preparing for typhoon season in the middle of a pandemic

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:33 AM

'Disaster planning managers in the country should do their homework as early as now'

[OPINION] A lesson from the Paleolithic for this time of pandemic

Jun 09, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'You have your tools before you. But chief among them are your tribe and your capacity to cooperate and work together.'

New Zealand PM unruffled as earthquake hits mid-interview

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Quite a decent shake here, if you see things moving behind me,' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, smiling

CALM AND COMPOSED. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

Tiis-pilipit: Mangyan tribesmen, tamaraw threatened by hunger and disease

May 23, 2020 - 11:00 AM

For the reclusive Taw’buid, death and disease are part of life, hindering them from protecting an animal they revere – the critically-endangered tamaraw

ENDANGERED. A century ago, disease nearly wiped out the tamaraw. It's also disease which threatens its protectors. Photo from Gregg Yan

'Super cyclone' Amphan batters Bangladesh, India

May 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'The situation is more worrying than the coronavirus pandemic. We don't know how to handle it,' India's West Bengal state leader Mamata Banerjee says

FLOOD. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street heading to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan, in Dacope of Khulna district on May 20, 2020. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Millions batten down as 'super cyclone' Amphan hits Bangladesh, India

May 20, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Authorities scramble to evacuate more than 3 million people from low-lying areas, but the task is complicated by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus

SUPER CYCLONE. This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained May 20, 2020, shows Tropical Cyclone Amphan at 16:15 Universal Time (9:45 p.m. India Standard Time) on May 19, 2020 as it moved north-northeast over the Bay of Bengal. Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

May 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Along with 'very heavy rainfall,' the system is expected to result in a storm surge pushing the sea level several meters higher

AMPHAN. A man looks out as waves hit a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbor in Chennai on May 19, 2020, as Cyclone Amphan barrels towards India's eastern coast. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

[OPINION] Towards a Disaster Risk Reduction approach to virus response

May 06, 2020 - 2:09 PM

'Response to disasters uses a cluster approach at different levels to address multifaceted issues. Why can't this tackle the pandemic?'

Batangas City, Muntinlupa, Sta Rosa finalists in WWF climate-safe cities contest

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The 3 cities are recognized for their plans to reduce carbon emissions. Other finalists include Vancouver, Paris, Reykjavic, Mexico City, Los Angeles City, and Dong Hoi City in Vietnam.

Photo from World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-PH)

Record 50 million people displaced internally – monitors

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'Internally displaced people are often highly vulnerable people living in crowded camps, emergency shelters, and informal settlements with little or no access to health care,' IDMC director Alexandra Bilak says in a statement

ARRESTED. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Tornadoes bring death, destruction in southern U.S.

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:19 AM

Images show lines of smashed, roofless houses where tornadoes had blasted through, many homes just piles of rubble sitting atop foundations

DAMAGE. This handout photo obtained April 13, 2020 courtesy of the City of Monroe, Louisiana shows the aftermath of storm damage. Photo by Handout/The City of Monroe/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Incineration of coronavirus wastes will worsen the situation

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:42 PM

Much of health care wastes are single-use materials such as disposable gloves, gowns, face masks, and IV bags, which are mostly plastics made from fossil fuels. When burned, they release toxic substances.

Monster Pacific cyclone Harold batters Fiji

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Harold remains 'extremely dangerous' and residents in the island's south are advised to shelter in churches, schools, or other substantial buildings

TURBULENT. This handout photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows high seas along the coast in Lamen Bay, after Tropical Cyclone Harold swept through the northern islands of the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. Photo by Tasso Joshua/AFP

Jun Factoran: Leadership and legacy in DENR

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:16 PM

'His eyes lit up whenever we talked about his time in government when he felt there was nobility in serving the public,' writes Marites Vitug

EX-DENR CHIEF. Former environment secretary Fulgencio 'Jun' Factoran Jr (center). Photo by Rick Rocamora

[ANALYSIS] Tackling the disproportionate impact of disasters on women

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

'One report finds that women and children are 14 times more likely to die in a disaster compared to men, and prevailing traditional gender roles seem to be the culprit'

DENR reminds Cebu LGUs to check hazard maps for landslide prone areas

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Over 250 barangays in Cebu province are in landslide prone areas. The geosciences bureau reminds LGUs to prepare for the rainy season.

RESCUE OPS. File photo by Cebu Provincial Governement

DENR removes barbed wire blocking reforestation site in Masungi Georeserve

Mar 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

Masungi Georeserve celebrates the development, calling it the 'best World Wildlife Day gift for nature'

Photos from Masungi Georeserve and Department of Environment and Natural Resources

21 dead as torrential rain hits Brazil

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The victims were electrocuted, buried in landslides, or drowned, emergency officials say

UPSIDE DOWN. Cars are stuck in the water and mud, after heavy rains during the weekend in Realengo neighbourhood, in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 2, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Tornadoes tear through Tennessee, 25 dead

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:07 AM

News footage shows cars piled up, hangars destroyed, and what appears to be dozens of aircraft smashed into each other

DAMAGE. Buildings damaged by the storm are seen in the Germantown neighborhood following devastating tornadoes on March 03, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images/AFP

Extreme weather to overload urban power grids, study shows

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:40 AM

'Extreme weather events could reduce reliability of power supply by 16%, which can easily lead to blackouts resulting huge economic losses,' says the lead researcher

HEAT. Flames and smoke rising from a forest fire near Sarande in the Muzina mountain region, southern Albania, 2017. Photo by Gent Shkullaku/AFP

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