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Smokey Mountain, Ryan Cayabyab to hold benefit concert for WWF Philippines

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The group is set to perform during WWF Philippines' #Conservatunes on June 30

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)

Spray-painted polar bear sparks alarm in Russia

Dec 04, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Local media reports that scientists had marked the bear because it was scavenging for food near a human-inhabited area in the Arctic region

ALARM. File photo of a polar bear. Shutterstock.com

Tel Aviv beaches fall foul in Israel's passion for plastic

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

A June report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranks Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and southern Turkey

A plastic cup left behind by beachgoers is pictured on the sand on a beach in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 21, 2019. A report in June 2019 by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) ranked Tel Aviv's coastline as the third most polluted by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, behind Barcelona and Turkey’s Cilicia region.  JACK GUEZ / AFP

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tons of plastic waste

May 28, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'We urge developed countries to stop shipping garbage to our country,' says Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia's minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change

PLASTIC WASTE. A member of the media takes pictures of containers filled with plastic waste before shipping back to the country of origin in Port Klang, west of Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Single-use plastics, still the environment's number 1 enemy

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The government's cleanup program makes it easier to convince the public to adapt environmentally-friendly habits

Image via Shutterstock

WWF orders probe into allegations of abuse by rangers

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:14 PM

According to an in-depth Buzzfeed investigation into anti-poaching practices across 6 countries, the World Wide Fund for Nature funds 'vicious paramilitary forces' who have killed and tortured people in national parks in Asia and Africa

Image via Shutterstock

Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:17 PM

New research published in the journal Nature finds that nearly 3 quarters of the wilderness that's left belongs to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and the United States

DEFORESTATION. This file photo shows a rainforest jungle in Borneo, Malaysia, destroyed to make way for oil palm plant. Shutterstock photo

How the fight vs plastic pollution can begin in the classroom

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We like to start with the children so it'll be embedded in their minds already,' says World Wide Fund environment officer Kimberly Anne Marcelo

Mediterranean could become a 'sea of plastic' – WWF

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The WWF says the Mediterranean has record levels of 'micro-plastics,' the tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters in size which can be found increasingly in the food chain posing a threat to human health

Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Italian-born superstar is the longest-reigning WWE Champion in history, holding it for over 7 years

SAMMARTINO. Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino died on April 18, 2018. He was 82. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

How solar-powered lamps empower women in Camarines Sur community

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Harnessing solar energy through small off-grid systems to power community livelihood and provide basic energy solutions is a big first step in ensuring energy access especially for people who hardly have any resources for electrification

Photos courtesy of WWF-Ph

WWF-Philippines launches Earth Hour 2018 with campaign #Connect2Earth

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:04 PM

WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment

Unloved vultures fight for their survival in Pakistan

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:06 PM

The numbers of white-backed vultures has plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1990s, according to the local branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which is desperately attempting to ensure the species does not die out

Imam Prasodjo protes kerjasama reforma agraria dengan WWF Indonesia

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:16 PM

Selama 10 tahun WWF Indonesia sudah membantu kantor Kemenko Perekonomian

HUTAN. Taman Nasional Gunung Leuser, Kabupaten Langkat, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia. Foto oleh Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Menyoal pragmatisme masyarakat Indonesia terhadap laut di Social Good Summit 2017

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:44 PM

Sebagian besar masyarakat Indonesia belum menyadari betapa pentingnya menjaga kehidupan bawah laut

Duo YouTubers Asumsi, Pangeran Siahaan (kanan) dan Iman Sjafei, saat menjadi pembicara di panel Social Good Summit Jakarta pada 4 Oktober 2017. Foto oleh Valerie Dante/Rappler

Ajak masyarakat ikut jaga kehidupan bawah laut melalui SGS 2017

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Manusia merupakan mahkluk yang paling banyak mengeksploitasi kehidupan laut

KOLABORASI. Antropolog Maritim LIPI menyarankan agar pemerintah turut mengajak masyarakat ikut melestarikan kehidupan bawah laut. Foto oleh Rappler

Social Good Summit Jakarta 2017: Bicara dunia di #2030

Sep 29, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Ayo, ikutan bahas tema ‘Planet, People, Prosperity: Marine Biodiversity Conservation for Lasting Prosperity for the People’

WWF Germany, DKK launch free online course on climate change

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:40 PM

WWF Germany and the Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK), a scientific association, have created an English online course on climate change

Nearly 400 new species discovered in Amazon

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The report by the WWF and Brazil s Mamiraua Institute released in Sao Paulo listed 216 previously unknown plants 93 fish 32 amphibians 19 reptiles one bird and 20 mammals two of them fossils

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011. Lunae Parracho/AFP

Endangered species poached in protected areas – WWF

Apr 18, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Species listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES face the threat of illegal harvesting and trafficking in 45 of the more than 200 natural world heritage sites on the planet WWF says

FURTHER ENDANGERED. The species most at risk because of illegal activity within natural world heritage sites is probably the vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, which is indigenous to Mexico's Gulf of California. Photo by Paula Olson, NOAA/Public Domain

Children join Earth Hour celebration in Legazpi City

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Elementary pupils call on the public to save the seas and protect forests during Legazpi City s commemoration of Earth Hour 2017

EARTH HOUR. Children join Earth Hour commemoration in Legazpi on March 25, 2017. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Mar 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal oil and gas to drive cars and power plants

EARTH HOUR. The ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Switch off for Earth Hour 2017

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Mark your calendars for EarthHour2017 on March 25

Negros sugarcane industry: A bittersweet Christmas symphony

Dec 17, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Once dominated by hacienderos and held back by difficulty in securing loans sugarcane farmers haven’t had a sweet deal but some programs aim to change their situation in 2017

Belajar mengenal satwa melalui jendela pusat perbelanjaan

Nov 25, 2016 - 10:17 PM

Selama bulan Desember Galeries Lafayette berkolaborasi dengan WWF Indonesia mengedukasi generasi muda dan publik dengan memberi dan berbagi dalam konsep A Living Planet

HARIMAU. Salah satu jendela Galleries Lafayette yang ilustrasi harimau Sumatera yang resmi dibuka hari ini. Foto oleh Amelia Stephanie/Rappler

Humanity decimating planetary wildlife – report

Oct 27, 2016 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED On current trends stocks of global wildlife could plunge 2 3 by 2020 an annual decline of 2 a report says

ENDANGERED. In this photograph taken on September 13, 2014, a blind dolphin swims along the Indus river in the southern Pakistani city of Sukkur. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Menteri Kelautan Susi Pudjiastuti terima penghargaan WWF Leaders

Sep 17, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Susi dinilai berhasil memberantas praktek perikanan ilegal di Indonesia

Menteri Kelautan dan Perikanan Susi Pudjiastuti menyapa warga ketika menyaksikan pagelaran Jember Fashion Carnaval ke-15 pada 28 Agustus 2016. Foto oleh Zabur Karuru/Antara

8 promising green energy startups share in P1M funding

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The startups were singled out by a fellowship that aims to boost clean energy innovation and will compete against each other to win an additional P1 5 million

Perdagangan hewan yang dilindungi masih marak di Indonesia

Jun 06, 2016 - 4:38 PM

Spesies langka di Indonesia semakin mendekati ambang kepunahan Meski demikian perdagangan hewan hewan ini seolah tak ada putusnya

Indonesia marak perdagangan hewan liar. EPA/FULLY HANDOKO

Critically endangered Sumatran elephant gives birth

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:07 PM

Sumatran elephants are critically endangered It is estimated between 2 400 and 2 800 remain in the wild according to conservation group WWF

ENDANGERED. Sumatran elephants are critically endangered. Photo by AFP

Makati, Santa Rosa and San Carlos cities join WWF's ‘We Love Cities’ campaign

May 12, 2016 - 9:12 PM

Three Philippines made it to the final cut of WWF s Earth Hour City Challenge

World tiger count rises for first time in 100 years

Apr 12, 2016 - 12:05 AM

UPDATED The global population of wild tigers rises to around 3 890 – the first time the count has gone up since 1900

epa05253882 (FILE) A file photograph showing tigers at the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain village, home to about 1,400 reserve tigers in Guilin, China, 24 August 2007. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) states on 11 April 2016 that after a century of constant decline, global wild tiger populations are on the rise. According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild?up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites – WWF

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:30 AM

The vulnerable sites include Australia s Great Barrier Reef Peru s Machu Picchu and the US Grand Canyon Natural Park

epa02101737 A picture dated 01 April 2010 shows a general view of the pre-Columbian Inca city Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru, after its reopening. The Inca city has been been closed for two months due to strong rains. EPA/PACO CHUQUIURE

Cambodian tigers declared 'functionally extinct'

Apr 06, 2016 - 10:30 PM

This means there are no longer any breeding populations of tigers left in Cambodia

epa04863685 A Cambodian tiger walks in a zoo at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Takeo province, Cambodia, 28 July 2015. The world marks International Tiger Day on 29 July 2015, aiming to raise awareness of the tiger conservation. EPA/MAK REMISSA

Believed to be extinct, environmentalists make first contact in decades with rhino in Borneo

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:03 PM

The contact with the rhino comes after environmentalists discovered in 2013 that the Sumatran rhino was not extinct on Indonesian Borneo – as had long been thought – when hidden cameras captured images of the animals

ENDANGERED. This photo show a file photo of a Sumatran rhino, previously believed to be extinct. Photo by AFP

Calls for climate action over Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Mar 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The reef can recover but we must speed up the shift to clean renewable energy says environmental group WWF

An undated handout photo obtained from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey on March 21, 2016 shows a diver filming a reef affected by bleaching off Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef.  Environmental groups March 21 urged greater action on climate change after the government declared the highest alert level over an epidemic of coral bleaching in the pristine northern reaches of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. / AFP / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / XL Catlin Seaview Survey" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE

‘Pedal for the Planet’ at the main Earth Hour switch-off

Mar 18, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Bikes e vehicles renewables plus other low carbon solutions are event highlights

Nothing 'virtual' about climate impact of emails, tweets

Mar 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

A parallel realm of carbon polluting activity – ranging from email exchanges to social network chatter to streaming movies on smartphones – has slipped largely unnoticed under the climate change radar

3 PH cities finalists in Earth Hour City Challenge

Mar 11, 2016 - 3:03 PM

San Carlos City in Negros Occidental Sta Rosa City in Laguna and Makati City in Metro Manila have a chance to be hailed as the global Earth Hour capital

Asian wildlife traders harness social media – conservationists

Mar 03, 2016 - 1:27 PM

UPDATED More traders are using closed Facebook groups and password protected online forums to reach Asian customers

In this file photo, Indonesian police posing as wildlife buyers have arrested a suspected trafficker for selling protected eagles on Facebook. Photo by Brury Susanto/AFP

Earth Hour 2016: Going beyond lights out

Mar 01, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Quezon Memorial Circle will switch off its lights but will be powered by bicycles to promote renewable energy

EARTH HOUR. Chi-chi, the mascot of the World Wildlife Fund, poses with WWF ambassadors and beneficiaries. Photo by Bea Orante

#COP21: Climate pact puts fossil fuels on 'wrong side' of history

Dec 12, 2015 - 11:16 PM

The fossil fuel era must end and soon environmental groups and activists

What coral reefs are telling us about climate change

Dec 05, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Reports on a new mass coral bleaching event could only emphasize the importance of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference or Conference of Parties COP21 to be held from November 30 to December 11 in France

CORAL BLEACHING. In this file photo released by the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) on 02 October 2012, shows bleaching of coral at North Keppel Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AIMS/EPA

Albay shows how caring for the environment can be profitable

Sep 27, 2015 - 11:41 PM

The Albay Green Economy has catapulted the province into the center of the Philippine tourism boom says it governor

EU agrees Paris climate talks stance

Sep 18, 2015 - 11:30 PM

The European Union recommits to its own greenhouse gas cuts for 2030 and urges the world to reduce them to zero by the end of the century

TARGETS SET. In this file photo, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete holds a joint news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Julien Warnand/EPA

Global marine populations slashed by half since 1970: WWF

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:39 AM

In a new report the WWF conservation group cautions that over fishing pollution and climate change significantly shrunk the size of commercial fish stocks between 1970 and 2010

Search on for PH cities with best low-carbon, resiliency plans

Aug 27, 2015 - 4:06 PM

The winning city will be honored as the Earth Hour Capital of the Philippines by the Worldwide Fund for Nature and will have a chance to be named the Global Earth Hour Capital

HUBS. Cities are centers of human development but also a major source of climate-disrupting carbon emissions

Treasures of the Sulu Sea threatened

Aug 24, 2015 - 6:58 PM

If we care for our natural resources well growth will be within reach But if we squander such richness what else will be left with us?

Fish biomass in Cagayancillo’s waters stands at 137 metric tonnes per square kilometer – an increase of 43% from when fish biomass was calculated at 96 tonnes per square kilometer six years ago. Photo by: Sophia Dedace/WWF-Philippines

Rappler to hold #MoveTawiTawi workshop

May 31, 2015 - 6:21 PM

Rappler is set to hold a workshop in Tawi Tawi on June 8