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Wayward whale that swam 400 kms upriver to Montreal found dead

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The giant creature had been seen last week swimming in the Saint Lawrence river, diving against the backdrop of the Montreal skyline

The body of a young humpback whale is lifted out of the water during the evening of June 9, 2020 in Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel (90 km east of Montreal), Quebec, where it was towed after being found east of Montreal in the morning hours. The mammal was left lying on the shore, cordoned off by the police. A necropsy is due to take place on June 10. The young humpback whale that swam up one of Canada's major rivers, delighting Montrealers who packed the shores for a glimpse of the first of the species in local waters, is believed to have died, wildlife officials said June 9. Eric THOMAS / AFP

Wayward whale takes city break in Montreal

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:39 PM

The giant creature has been swimming in the St Lawrence river against the backdrop of the Montreal skyline – hundreds of kilometers from the waters it usually calls home

VISITOR. This handout picture courtesy of Reseau Quebecois d'Urgences pour les Mammiferes Marins (RQUMM) shows the tail of a humpback whale swimming in the water by Montreal on May 30, 2020.  Handout/Reseau Quebecois d'Urgences Mammiferes Marins/AFP

Coronavirus lockdown aids in cleanup of filthy Baguio river

May 21, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Nearly a year ago, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said the Balili River in Baguio City was dirtier than Manila Bay

REVIVED RIVER. The Balili River in Baguio City has turned clear after months of lockdown that kept tourists away and shut down some industries and businesses. Photo from the Facebook post of Denson Palada

Rappler Talk: How BPOs, human resources are dealing with coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Rappler talks to Darwin Rivers, founder and president of Philippines HR Group on the crucial role of human resource management in saving companies and jobs amid the pandemic

New coronavirus cluster linked to different South Korean church

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The Grace River Church continued holding services despite repeated government requests for the public to avoid group activities, including religious meetings

DOGGIE. Shoppers wearing face masks amid concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak walk through a market in Seoul on March 14, 2020. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

MMDA extends free ferry ride until March 31

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:52 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is also eyeing 3 more ferry stations in Manila, Makati, and Pasig

FERRY SERVICE. The metro Manila Development Authority launches new 150 seater ferry boats with a speed of 24 knots at Guadalupe station in Makati on January 10, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LOOK: Cebu’s ‘dead’ Butuanon river

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The river tested positive for the poliovirus on February 15

DEAD RIVER. The Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Kaliwa Dam access road construction broke the law – Imee Marcos

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The construction of an access road to the dam site proceeded without the consent of indigenous peoples or an environmental permit, says the head of the Senate committee on cultural communities

COMMITTEE CHAIR. Senator Imee Marcos leads the Senate committee on cultural communities, which is investigating the impact of the Kaliwa Dam project on indigenous communities in the Sierra Madre. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu waterways off-limits to public after poliovirus found in river

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Aside from closing off waterways, local government units will be intensifying their vaccination and information campaigns against the polio virus

MAYORS MEET. Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Edgar Labella meet to discuss how to prevent a polio outbreak after the virus was discovered in local waterways. Photo from Mandaue City Public Information Office

Pasig River ferry service relaunched, free until January 31

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The ferry will run from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City to Escolta in Manila

RELAUNCHED. Commuters may now take the Pasig River ferry again, with two new boats provided by the Pasig city government. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Fired Google engineers seek U.S. federal probe

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Four employees claim they were fired in retaliation for their labor organization efforts

Girl dies, several feared missing as French river bridge collapses

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Over 60 rescue workers, including divers, and 40 police are taking part in the search for survivors

COLLAPSED. Rescuers sail near a suspension bridge which collapsed on November 18, 2019 in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, near Toulouse, southwest France. Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP

Duterte abolishes Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Just a few days ago, President Duterte says the famous river is already 'clean'

NBA docks Clippers $50,000 for Rivers' Kawhi injury comments

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The Clippers sit out Kawhi Leonard in a marquee clash due to injury but coach Doc Rivers issues a statement 'inconsistent' to the star's health status

PENALIZED. Clippers coach Doc Rivers gets into trouble for his post-game comments on Kawhi Leonard. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

2 workers injured after Baguio bridge’s wall collapses

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:24 PM

One of the worker's legs was crushed, police say

BAGUIO’S BRAVEST RESPOND. Fire officers, headed by SFO4 Andres Lipao Jr, join police and emergency workers in rescuing construction workers trapped after a wall collapsed from bridge across Bued River, Camp 7, Baguio City on November 7, 2019. Photos courtesy of BFP Baguio

Duterte says Pasig River 'already clean,' wants river rehab body abolished

Oct 28, 2019 - 8:04 PM

(UPDATED) Describing efforts to clean the famous river as a 'waste of time,' President Rodrigo Duterte says Congress should scrap the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission

Remembering teachers who shape our lives

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Great teachers who shape our values, our sense of right and wrong, will always be with us

Cynthia Villar wants to drastically cut Pasig River rehab body’s budget

Sep 28, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar wants the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission's budget for 2020 to be cut by half and claims that the body should not be doing relocation projects

MMDA says P200M needed to remove 2 rocks from potential ferry terminal

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Senator Angara, who chairs the committee on finance, is taken aback: 'Tatanggal lang ng dalawang bato? Anong klaseng bato 'yan?'

DREDGING AND REMOVAL. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority general manager Jojo Garcia says P200 million is needed for the dredging and removal of two boulders from a possible Pasig River ferry terminal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pasig River bridge grants allow hiring of Chinese blue-collar workers – DPWH

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The DPWH says this arrangement is allowed in the agreement that Manila signed with Beijing in May 2019

GRANT. The grant agreement with China allows the firms to hire Chinese workers for the Pasig River bridge projects. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Residents warned vs swimming in Davao River amid polio outbreak

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) Davao City Health Officer Josephine Villafuerte says the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine confirmed the presence of the poliovirus in the Davao River after conducting sampling and testing in August

DAVAO RIVER. Health officials ask Dabawenyos to refrain from swimming in the Davao River after it tested positive of the poliovirus. File photo from Wikipedia

Duterte fires Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission executive director

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte does not say why he has axed Jose Antonio Goitia, but has threatened to throw him into the Pasig River

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Huge fish from Pasig River not safe to eat

Aug 14, 2019 - 6:29 PM

It's good news that fish have started to appear in the Pasig River, but they're not good enough to eat just yet because of high coliform

3 teens rescued from Pasig River by dredging crew

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:56 PM

River Warriors of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission save the teens, who had not expected the current to be that strong

RIVER RESCUE. River Warriors of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission prepare to rescue 3 teenagers found nearly drowning in the river. Screenshot from PRRC video

Justice Reyes: Instead of West PH Sea, spend on Pasig river

Jul 02, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Other Duterte appointees in the Supreme Court defend President Duterte in a petition that accuses the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr defends President Rodrigo Duterte in an ongoing petition accusing the government of neglect in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Google hails Puerto Princesa Underground River with a Doodle

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Google users can see an illustration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River by artist David Lu on the search engine's homepage

Searching for the source of microplastics in European rivers

Jun 22, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Around 8 million tons of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year

Greenpeace sounds alarm over plastic pollution in UK rivers

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:48 AM

'We are witnessing just the tip of a plastics iceberg,' it said.

Head of 32,000-year-old wolf found in Russian Arctic

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Research shows the animal died about 32,000 years ago in the Pleistocene epoch, when the most recent Ice Age occurred

ANCIENT WOLF. A handout picture taken on September 6, 2018 and provided by the Yakutia Academy of Sciences shows the head of an ancient wolf, discovered in the permafrost on the bank of the Tirekhtyakh river in the northern Siberian region of Yakutia. AFP PHOTO / YAKUTIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES / HO

PRRC to speed up projects after low completion rate in 2018

Jun 04, 2019 - 9:21 AM

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission says it will be on track to finish its projects by 2019

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

COA: Most funds for waterways rehab used in 2018, but projects unfinished

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission failed to anticipate problems in the implementation of projects for waterways

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Vallos earns an average of 1 USD a day by selling the plastics to a junkshop. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Clippers fined over Kawhi Leonard 'tampering'

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The NBA slaps a $50,000 fine on the Los Angeles Clippers after coach Doc Rivers heaped praise on Toronto star Kawhi Leonard

'MOST LIKE JORDAN.' Clipper coach Doc Rivers compares Raptors star Kawhi Leonard to NBA legend Michael Jordan. File photo

World's rivers loaded with antibiotics waste – study

May 28, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Scientists find one or more common antibiotics – whose concentrations exceed set safety levels – in two-thirds of 711 samples taken from rivers in 72 countries, they tell a meeting of environmental toxicologists in Helsinki

Cleanup of Nairobi rivers uncovers grisly find of 14 bodies

May 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Most of the dead found are babies and children

A volunteer takes a break from cleaning out a section of Nairobi river that is adjascent to a micro-recreation park initiated by slum youth that is situated on a section of the bank reclaimed from the heavily polluted waters of the river in Nairobi's Korogocho shanty town on May 17, 2019 in Nairobi, where at least 69, mostly reforming hoodlums and dilinquents, are now eching out a livelyhood cleaning up the river and it's environs. - Slum youth in Korogocho, worn out of being in constant 'flee-mode' at the sight or sound of police in the ghetto decided in 2017 to create the park as part of their efforts to clean up the putrid environment thynhad grown up in and evidence to their local community of their decision to reform from crime and inspire younger generations from criminal ways. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

Keeping the Enchanted River 'bluer than blue': A lesson on conservation and community

May 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Enchanted River's Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited places in Hinatuan

REHABILITATED. The Enchanted River’s Blue Lagoon is now only for sightseeing and picture taking, not swimming.

NCIP calls for suspension of Chico River project

May 08, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The Cordillera People's Alliance and other indigenous peoples groups say that the free, prior and informed consent of the communities in Katabbogan and Pinococ in Pinukpuk, Kalinga, was not obtained

Boeing plane skids into Florida river in crash-landing, no fatalities

May 04, 2019 - 6:56 PM

All 136 passengers and 7 aircrew on board had been accounted for

WATER LANDING. This handout image obtained courtesy of Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff's Office on May 3, 2019, shows a Boeing 737 aircraft after it went off the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and into the St. Johns river, near Jacksonville, Florida on May 3, 2019. Photo from Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff's Office/AFP

SC orders gov't to answer petition vs P3.69-B China loan deal

Apr 10, 2019 - 12:48 PM

(UPDATED) This also means that effectively there is no TRO, for now, against the loan agreement

PETITION. Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Makabayan bloc goes to Supreme Court to stop P3.69-B loan deal with China

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Opposition lawmakers say several provisions of the loan agreement with China for the Chico River irrigation project violate the 1987 Constitution

Senatorial candidate Neri Colminares and Bayan Muna repesentatives file a petition against Chico River Irrigation Pump project loan agreement with China at the Supreme Court on April 4, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

SM Prime Holdings adopts Parañaque River, estuary

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:40 PM

SM Prime Holdings will help the government improve the water quality of the Parañaque River and Estero de Gallina to the point where they can support aquatic life

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu visits an informal settlement along Estero de Gallina in Pasay City, where some 140 families currently reside in. These families will be relocated by the government. Photo by Anna Mogato/ Rappler

Reed Bank not collateral to China loan? Carpio rebuts Duterte gov't

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio counters the claims of government officials who sought to downplay his warning against the repercussions of a government loan from China

LEGAL VIEWS. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (left) and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio have clashing views on a provision in the Chico River project loan agreement. Carpio photo from Senate PRIB

Philippines has no say in loan deals with China – Panelo

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Duterte administration has no choice but to abide by China's terms since it is only the borrower while China is the lender, says Malacañang

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) during an exchange of agreements at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Carpio raises alarm over Chico River deal: China 'can take' gas-rich Reed Bank

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:17 PM

If the Philippines can't pay off its loans to China, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says 'for sure, we will lose in all arbitrations'

NO CHANCE OF WINNING. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines will have no chance of winning in case of arbitrations over Chinese loan deals. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Manila Bay rehab: Why the bay can't be saved in 6 months

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:05 PM

If the Pasig River case is to be followed, it will take years – or even decades – to save Manila Bay

LOOK: Oil spill in Davao del Norte river

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says it will conduct an investigation to determine the liability of the company responsible for the oil spill

OIL SPILL. Half of the Ising River is tainted by the oil spill. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

What happens if the Philippines can't pay off loans from China?

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:52 PM

(UPDATED) Senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares raises the alarm over the looming Chinese debt trap. The finance department shrugs off fears and says the Philippines can pay off the debt.

Residents near Brazil dam disaster exposed to illness, expert warns

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Residents face an increased risk of dengue, yellow fever, infectious diseases, and psychological problems

DAM COLLAPSE. Firefighters recover the body of a victim from the dam collapse at an iron-ore mine belonging to Brazil's giant mining company Vale near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Millions in India gather for world's largest religious event

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:42 PM

More than 100 million devotees over the next 48 days are converging in India's sacred rivers during the Kumbh Mela


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