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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)

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

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

Nature pushed to the brink by 'runaway consumption'

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:47 AM

WWF's 'Living Planet' reports says that from 1970 to 2014, 60% of all animals with a backbone were wiped out by human activity

WILDLIFE WOES. Elephants walk to a watering pan in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Philippines observes Earth Hour 2018

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Many households, business establishments, and public places switch off their lights for one hour to observe the global event

PICNIC. A family picnics in front of the Quezon Memorial Shrine for the Earth Hour environmental campaign. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

World cities go dark as Earth Hour climate campaign circles globe

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) With global temperatures the highest on record, this year's theme is the impact of climate change on biodiversity and plant and animal species

SYDNEY. Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 24, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Malacañang urges Filipinos to go lights out for Earth Hour 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'For one hour this evening, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, let us all switch off our lights in our homes or in our workplaces to symbolize our commitment to saving Mother Earth,' says Malacañang

EARTH HOUR. The children of Legazpi City join the 2017 celebration of Earth Hour. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Earth Hour 2018: Lights out for world landmarks in nod to nature

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The aim of this year's Earth Hour is building support for biodiversity by focusing on forests, oceans and wildlife conservation

EARTH HOUR. In this file photo, 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. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Nature advocates to hold run to conserve tamaraws

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The Lagalag Sundown Eco-Trail Run has partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines to help raise awareness and funds for the iconic Philippine Tamaraw

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

#EarthHour2017: Filipinos shine light on climate action

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:00 AM

The Philippines has been championing the switch off campaign since 2008 and has topped global participation records from 2009 to 2012 – earning the country the title of Earth Hour Hero Country

SWITCH OFF. Lights go off as Filipinos from across the country join the annual Earth Hour campaign.

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

See the Sea: WWF initiates Reef Strokes to save PH seas

May 30, 2016 - 1:32 PM

6 legendary Filipino open water swimmers compete at Reef Strokes in Nasugbu

SAVE PH SEAS. World Wide Fund for Nature organizes Reef Strokes, featuring 6 legendary Filipino open-water swimmers, to protect the Verde Island Passage and preserve Philippine coral reefs. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

‘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

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

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

Glow-in-the-dark Zumba for Earth Hour 2015

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:32 PM

Put on your neon sports attire and join the Earth Hour 2015 main event at the Quezon City Memorial Circle

LIGHTS OUT. The main event of Earth Hour Philippines 2015 will be held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday, March 28. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Philippines to go dark on March 28 for Earth Hour

Mar 22, 2015 - 8:10 PM

For one hour people are encouraged to switch off for a brighter and cleaner planet

EARTH HOUR. People light candles during Earth Hour in Cali, Colombia, 29 March 2014. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes to raise awareness of the danger of global climatic change. EPA/CHRISTIAN ESCOBAR MORA

New wind farms to help bridge summer power shortage – WWF

Feb 07, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The new wind farms in Guimaras and Ilocos Norte have already contributed 300 MW to the country’s power supply the World Wide Fund for Nature says

WWF: DOE should ‘seize the wind’ in 2015

Jan 04, 2015 - 10:05 PM

With the increase in solar an additional increase in wind energy installation targets is a firm next step the Department of Energy can commit to World Wide Fund says

Tamaraws making a comeback

Oct 10, 2014 - 9:55 AM

The population of the endangered tamaraw now stands at 382 – a significant increase from last year and the highest since conservation efforts started

Tamaraw family photographed in the Iglit-Baco Mountain Range in Occidental Mindoro. Photo courtesy Gregg Yan / WWF

WWF: Renewable energy is the best solution to power crisis

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:30 AM

The World Wide Fund for Nature reiterates its call for the Philippine government to focus on renewable energy solutions as a long term strategy in power supply

Preserving paradise: Three pillars of sustainable ecotourism

Aug 25, 2014 - 10:33 AM

The growing tourism industry in El Nido presents tremendous opportunities for this first class town to be a model of sustainable ecotourism

A floating classroom for environmental educators

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The M Y Navorca the Philippine research vessel of the World Wide Fund for Nature WWF was transformed into a floating classroom for a day to help teachers integrate environmental conservation in their curriculum

ARRAS: A new way of looking at coral reefs

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Kites and cameras speed up marine research at Tubbataha Reef

Re-engineering the Philippine banca

Jun 14, 2014 - 4:46 PM

In the Philippines a boat for a fisherman is what a carabao is for a farmer – a beast of burden a source of income a ride home Fisheries provide livelihood to about one million Filipinos or about 5 of the country’s labor force

STRONGER BOATS. Bancas for the Philippines offers a platform to make a climate-smart technology mass-based. In turn, more fishermen boost their resilience, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency. Photo by Derrick Lim/ Imagine Nation Photography

Hunch-bat, Zorro snake among new Mekong species

Jun 05, 2014 - 8:20 PM

Southeast Asia has a higher proportion of threatened terrestrial mammal species than any other region on earth says World Wide Fund for Nature expert Thomas Gray

NEW SPECIES. A handout photo by the WWF shows a discovered Laotian rock rat at an unidentified place. Over a thousand new species, including the world's largest huntsman spider and the Laotian rock rat, have been discovered in the Greater Mekong Region of Southeast Asia within a decade. Photo from EPA/ WWF

Batangas port industry threatened by climate change

Jan 18, 2014 - 7:15 AM

The city has to climate proof its seaport and roads Climate change can also bring in more migrants

MARINE GATEWAY. In order to retain its trading hub status, Batangas City must redesign its seaport to withstand the effects of climate change. Photo by Agence France-Presse

What made Tacloban so vulnerable to Haiyan?

Nov 15, 2013 - 12:03 PM

A 2013 study assesses Tacloban s vulnerability to climate change impacts–including storms like Yolanda

DEVASTATION IN TACLOBAN. A general shot shows houses destroyed by the strong winds caused by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) at Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 9, 2013. AFP/Noel Celis

Tamaraw or carabao? Know the difference

Oct 12, 2013 - 9:31 AM

The rare critically endangered tamaraw looks very similar to the common carabao This tamaraw month of October know the difference

That morning in Tubbataha

Aug 17, 2013 - 9:38 AM

Tubbataha Reef celebrated its 25th anniversary as a Marine Protected Area last August 11

FLOURISHING. Despite destruction from ships that ran aground it and illegal fishing, Tubbataha Reef is doing well. Photos by JML Tan

Tubbataha report: US mum on paying PH

Jun 21, 2013 - 8:09 PM

The US Navy releases its final report on the Tubbataha Reef incident and blames lack of leadership There s no mention of paying the Philippines

GROUNDED SHIP. In January, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

Solar power can reduce fossil fuel demand

Apr 30, 2013 - 11:57 AM

A brightside to all this heat this summer is the potential of solar power to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels

Earth Hour a waste of time? Not for Lory Tan

Mar 23, 2013 - 9:57 AM

There are those who think Earth Hour is a waste of time WWF Philippine CEO Lory Tan answers their points

POINT FOR POINT. WWF-Philippines CEO Lory Tan responds to anti-Earth Hour sentiments. Photo by Pia Ranada

Meet the Earth Hour ambassadors

Mar 22, 2013 - 9:48 PM

Earth Hour Philippines ambassadors Mikee Marc and Rovilson are all set for Earth Hour Are you?

FACES OF EARTH HOUR. Earth Hour ambassadors Marc Nelson, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, and Rovilson Fernandez pose with Chi-Chi the Panda. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Why are you for or against #EarthHour2013?

Mar 22, 2013 - 6:57 PM

Is it a waste of time and energy or a powerful symbol for unified efforts to protect the planet?

MAKE IT YOUR OWN. This year, WWF-Philippines encourages you to be creative in how you celebrate Earth Hour

Jessica Alba: New Earth Hour global ambassador

Mar 13, 2013 - 7:13 PM

Will you accept Jessica Alba s I Will If You Will challenge?

JESSICA ALBA DARES YOU. Will you accept her 'I Will If You Will' challenge and join Earth Hour 2013? Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Heat on Thailand as wildlife conference starts

Mar 03, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Global conservationists will converge in Bangkok for the start of key endangered species talks on Sunday March 3 as host Thailand faces pressure to curb rampant ivory smuggling through its territory

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade

Feb 28, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Surging demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia is behind an ever mounting death toll of African elephants and rhinos conservationists say as authorities fail to rein in hugely lucrative international smuggling networks

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

An Earth Hour to call your own

Feb 28, 2013 - 11:31 AM

Earth Hour 2013 is all about making those 60 minutes extra special for you and the world Here are 10 fun ideas

MAKE IT YOUR OWN. This year, WWF-Philippines encourages you to be creative in how you celebrate Earth Hour

Earth Hour's Andy Ridley dares you

Feb 27, 2013 - 7:52 AM

Earth Hour co founder Andy Ridley tells Rappler about Earth Hour 2013 and his dare to the world

DARE FOR MOTHER NATURE. Earth Hour co-founder Andy Ridley invites everyone to join WWF's 'I Will If You Will' campaign for Earth Hour 2013. All photos by Pia Ranada

Tubbataha: PH's crown jewel in danger

Jan 21, 2013 - 11:07 AM

Tubbataha goes beyond being a spectacular underwater world Protecting Tubbataha contributes to food security for millions who depend on Philippine seas for livelihood

Pico de Loro: Where ‘eco’ and ‘tourism’ meet

Dec 23, 2012 - 1:27 PM

Pico de Loro exemplifies environmental responsibility and sustainability setting the benchmark for hotels and eco tourism

TRUE BLUE. Hamilo Coast is not just about sustainability, energy conservation, alternative energy sources and proper waste management: it is also about making sure the water around it is 'alive' and clean. Photos by Laszlo Lim

Business chiefs pledge to value earth's natural assets

Jun 17, 2012 - 8:06 AM

Some 39 chief executives of banks investment funds and insurance firms Saturday pledged at a Rio 20 business forum Saturday June 16 to integrate the Earth s natural capital into loans and investments

'Earth Hour is more fun in the Philippines'

Apr 01, 2012 - 12:22 AM

Earth Hour Philippines is on its 4th bid to become an official Earth Hour Hero Country