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Aussie scientists turn to drones to protect sea turtles

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Stunning drone footage released by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation shows thousands of turtles swimming in the crystal blue ocean

TURTLES. Green turtles swim near the world’s largest green turtle rookery on Raine Island, a remote vegetated coral cay situated 620 km northwest of Cairns. Photo by Great Barrier Reef Foundation/AFP

Nations seek biodiversity accord to stave off mass extinction

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'This degradation of nature is unprecedented in the history of mankind,' says IPBES executive secretary Anne Larigauderie

BABIES. The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation center. Photo by Phill Magakoe/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

Biodiversity, autism awareness come together in benefit exhibit

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The exhibit will showcase 40 paintings of 22-year old Samantha Kaspar expressing visual art and inspiration from nature and biodiversity

Samantha Kaspar finds expression through visual art and inspiration from nature and biodiversity. Photo from ACB E-news

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

Species conservation: Some success, many failures

May 02, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Ahead of the release of a landmark UN report on the state of Earth's biodiversity, here are some successes and failures in conservation efforts

Lack of tenure, proper gear take toll on Mindoro's tamaraw rangers

May 01, 2019 - 8:48 PM

(UPDATED) These rangers have devoted their lives to protecting the tamaraws despite lack of tenure, lack of proper tools and gear, and the dangers that come with the job

PROTECTION. Tamaraws are not only endemic in the Philippines but also critically endangered. Photo from D'Aboville Foundation

U.N. biodiversity conference to lay groundwork for nature rescue plan

Apr 29, 2019 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) The destruction of nature threatens humanity 'at least as much as human-induced climate change,' says UN biodiversity chief Robert Watson

Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Madagascar's 9 million hectares of forests are shrinking each year by between 50,000 and 100,000 hectares. A football field is roughly one hectare.

A Lemur Vari sits on a branch near the Vohibola forest, Madagascar, on March 23, 2019. The lemurs of this forest are in danger of extinction since the Vohibola Forest, one of the last primary forests in eastern Madagascar, has been illegally felled for charcoal production and the sale of rare wood for several years. Some kill the harmless creatures for food, others sell them as pets -- and to get to their prey, they chop down precious tropical trees. RIJASOLO / AFP

1 million species risk extinction due to humans – draft U.N. report

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:13 PM

The report says the accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves poses no less of a threat than climate change

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

Gabon's unique 'orange crocodiles' intrigue scientists

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:52 PM

'When I approached with the torch in the cave, I saw red eyes... crocodiles!' said geo-archaeologist Richard Oslisly. It was only two years later when they hauled one out into the light that they realized it was orange.

PRIZE CATCH. In this photograph taken on August 11, 2010, a scientist carries an orange cave crocodile captured from caves in Abanda in the Ogooue-Maritime, in the south-west of Gabon. Photo by Olivier Testa/AFP

In fight vs plastic, 'challenge is changing people's mindset, lifestyle'

May 26, 2018 - 6:16 PM

A study shows that the Philippines generates 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage every year

Biodiversity Day Press Con.

Greenpeace to DENR: Opening protected areas to businesses leads to exploitation

May 09, 2018 - 5:39 PM

'We would like to remind the Philippine government that our environment is not for sale,' says Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner, warns against lifting the suspension of the issuance of pecial use agreement for protected areas. Photo from the Facebook page of Oceana Philippines

Palawan pangolin habitat eyed for conservation

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The establishment of critical habitats is part of the 25-year strategy designed to safeguard the future of the species

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. The Palawan pangolin or Balintong is a burrowing mammal found in the province’s secondary forests, grassland, open country, thick bush, shrubby slopes and subsistence farming areas. Balintong acts as pest control, regulating the population of termites and ants in the wild. Photo courtesy of PCSDS

Private landowners vow to protect endangered species in Boracay

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources prods local government units, residents, businesses, and private landowners to work together on a conservation plan that could make demolition orders unnecessary

DENR to identify 'critical habitat' areas in Boracay

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Existing resorts and infrastructure projects would be affected as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources seeks to protect biodiversity in the world-famous island

CRITICAL HABITAT? The DENR is studying the proposal to establish certain areas in Boracay as 'critical habitat' for endemic and threatened species. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:27 AM

Scientists say land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people or 40% of the global population

STUDY ON LAND DECAY. British Robert Watson (R), President of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) speaks during a press conference next to the Secretary of IPBES Anne Larigauderie, in the framework of the 6th IPBES Biodiversity Summit, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on March 26, 2018. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

After warnings of species plight: solutions in sight

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Experts say it's not too late to halt the rate of destruction of nature, and maybe even reverse some of it

A farmer checking on his farm planted with lettuce in preparation for harvest in the next few days in barangay Paoay, Atok town Benguet by mau victa

Indonesians arrested for shooting an orangutan some 130 times

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The suspects, farmers from the island of Borneo, admit killing the animal, saying it ruined their crops at a pineapple and palm oil plantation, according to authorities

How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:32 PM

[The Conversation] Numerous new marine species are discovered every year – yet working out how many species there are in total is a much more difficult process

This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP

11 billion pieces of plastic bring disease threat to coral reefs

Jan 29, 2018 - 3:12 PM

[The Conversation] A study reveals another significant threat to the world’s corals and the ecosystems and livelihoods they support

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

Marine scientist calls for stronger action to protect Philippine seas

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Marine scientist Dr. Daniel Pauly says that their report has shown that the catch of fisheries across the globe is not only much higher than what is being reported by FAO – it has also been declining in the past two decades.

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Sea turtles' sad fate: From restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Plastic ocean pollution is a key item on the menu for ministers from over 100 countries gathering in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi for a 3-day UN Environment Assembly

Sumatra's receding forests pushing tigers to the brink

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations is driving critically endangered Sumatran tigers towards extinction, researchers warn

WILD CAT. A file photo taken on March 27, 2014 shows Harfan, a male Sumatran tiger born in 2008, being presented to the public for the first time at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. John Macdougall/AFP

UNEP: 'We need to speed up' on climate change

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

Bring politics of biodiversity at same level as climate change – UNEP

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:12 PM

'Every other nation [has] accepted the climate message, and we should be at the same place by 2020 with biodiversity,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim at an international wildlife conference in Manila

BIODIVERSITY. In this file photo, Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, speaks during the official opening of the 28th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali on October 13, 2016. File photo by Cyril Ndegeya/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

Chile's Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:51 PM

Indigenous people who live on Chile s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone covering an area of 720 000 square kilometers 280 000 square miles around the island

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

WATCH: Surviving baby panda closely monitored at French zoo

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:55 AM

The first baby panda born in France is now nearly a month old and in good health growing under the watchful eyes of his mother and zookeepers

MOTHER AND CHILD. This photograph taken on August 28, 2017, shows female panda Huan Huan holding her cub inside her enclosure at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Local, foreign volunteers help revive coral reefs in Albay Gulf

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Local and foreign divers band together to regenerate corals and build artificial reefs in Albay

Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

WATCH: How sharks are killed at Pasay market

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Of the country s approximately 200 shark and ray species only two are protected by Philippine laws

CRUEL KILLING. Video shows the cruel killing of a grey carpetshark at a live market in Pasay, Manila

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

Rappler Talk: Meet the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:10 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to two ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes on Rappler Talk at 8 pm Tuesday August 8 Bookmark this page to watch the interview

ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity releases the second edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook as it opens its new headquarters in UP Los Baños

Extinction by people, for people and eventually, of people

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

So far we humans have done such a sweeping job of causing other species to vanish

WATCH: Singapore zoo marks 44th birthday with feast for its orangutangs

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:26 AM

The Singapore Zoo celebrates its 44th birthday with a durian feast for its orangutang family who are seen as mascots of the park

DURIAN DELIGHT. Orangutans Ah Meng (L) and Comel (R) enjoy durian fruits to mark Singapore zoo's 44th year anniversary in Singapore on June 27, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite find

Jun 26, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The meteorite weighing about 500 grams one pound crashes through the roof of a shed in the small town of Broek in Waterland just north of Amsterdam in January

METEORITE. This handout picture received on June 26, 2017 from the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre shows the sixth Meteorite ever to be found in the Netherlands displayed at the centre in Leiden. Photo by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre / Rebecca Reurslag/AFP

Hope, love prevail in conserving endangered Philippine cockatoo

May 02, 2017 - 11:09 AM

How an endangered species is being saved by the same community that once hunted it

ENDANGERED. The Philippine cockatoo, locally known as the katala. Photo courtesy Peter Widmann/KFI

The story behind the giant shipworm discovery that broke the internet

Apr 26, 2017 - 4:00 PM

While locals in Sultan Kudarat Philippines have known the giant shipworm for quite a while the scientific world is yet to understand it

MEGA MOLLUSC. The giant shipworm as it comes out of it shell in a UP MSI lab.

Elusive giant shipworm, oceanic 'unicorn,' finally discovered

Apr 19, 2017 - 8:35 AM

The giant shipworm Kuphus polythalamia a rare giant worm like clam is finally discovered in a shallow bay in Mindanao by a team of scientists from the US and the Philippines

GIANT FINT. The giant shipworm after removal from its shell. Photo courtesy Marvin Altamia

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

Securing our food now and into the future

Apr 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It s about time to protect the oceans

WEALTH OF THE SEA. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on 31 January 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File/James Cook University

Lopez denies her family operates open-pit mine in watershed

Mar 08, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Carlo Arcilla who opposes Lopez s confirmation as environment secretary claims First Balfour is doing open pit mining in a watershed in Lobo Batangas

NO MINING IN WATERSHEDS. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez listens intently during her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments on March 8. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

News Briefs: February 27, 2017

Feb 27, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 27

New Zealand beached whale crisis 'over' say rescuers

Feb 12, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The news comes as a relief for the hundreds of exhausted volunteers who has spent 3 days comforting the stranded animals and keeping them cool while waiting to refloat them on the high tide

This picture taken on February 11, 2017 shows pilot whales lying on a beach during a mass stranding at Farewell Spit. Marty Melville/AFP

Support reef conservation, Palawan gov tells reef-fish-for-food industry

Jan 19, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Palawan authorities are cracking down on illegal fishing that destroys coral reefs and imperils the sustainability of the lucrative industry

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez (center) speaks during a meting of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development in Puerto Princesa, January 17, 2017. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro