ecosystems - updates

Rappler's latest stories on ecosystems


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

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

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

Wind farm 'predator' effect hits ecosystems – study

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

An international team of scientists finds that predatory raptor birds are 4 times rarer in areas of plateau where wind turbines are present

Wetlands disappearing 3 times faster than forests – study

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The 88-page report finds around 35% of wetlands – which include lakes, rivers, marshes and peatlands, as well as coastal and marine areas like lagoons, mangroves and coral reefs – were lost between 1970 and 2015

'Major transformation' ahead for Earth's ecosystems – study

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Some of these changes are already under way in the southwestern United States, where massive wildfires are destroying pine forests and transforming swaths of territory into shrubland

WILDFIRES. Burnt trees stand as the sun sets in a smokey skyline in Mariposa, California on July 19, 2017. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

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

Beyond sardines: The quest for sustainable fisheries

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Whether you’re a restaurant owner, a fishing boat maker, a fish buyer, a nutritionist, a farmer, a housewife, or simply a diner who loves seafood, it’s time to think about where your fish comes from and how it's caught

MILLIONS OF SARDINES. Moalboal’s millions-strong sardine schools sustain many kinds of animals, like tuna, dolphins and even seabirds. To avoid predators, the tiny fish form complex, flowing shapes. Photo by Danny Ocampo

What you should know about the PH startup ecosystem

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Entrepreneurial spirit is seen to be flourishing in the Philippines

Competition policy enforcement in the digital age

Sep 30, 2017 - 11:26 AM

The decisions to be made by the Philippine Competition Commission in coming months, as it fully implements the Philippine Competition Act, will set the tone for competition regulation in Philippine markets

UN chief: Save the oceans to avert 'global catastrophe'

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Guterres raises alarm over the state of the world s oceans saying pollution overfishing and climate change are causing severe damage and that the situation is getting worse

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (shown on screens) addresses the Oceans Conference, June 5 2017, at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

'Underwater wasteland' worries after cyclone hits Barrier Reef

Mar 30, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Tropical Cyclone Debbie which barreled through the region this week mostly struck the reef s southern parts which have not been as seriously impacted by bleaching

DEBBIE. This is a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Debbie along the Queensland coast as seen from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua Satellite. The image was taken on March 27 at 0350 UTC. Credits: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan says it could take up to 100 years to restore the corals in Raja Ampat

DESTROYED. A British cruise ship has caused damage to the ecosystem and habitat structure in Raja Ampat, as well as the loss of some types of coral reefs. Photo sourced from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry

IN PHOTOS: Extensive coral reef damage caused by British cruise ship

Mar 14, 2017 - 9:38 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Photos sourced by Rappler show the damage at Crossover Reef after cruise vessel Caledonian Sky rammed into the coral reefs

Indonesia says captain of cruise ship that destroyed coral reefs may face imprisonment

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:23 PM

The Indonesian government vows to take action and slams Captain Keith Michael Taylor who was steering the cruise at the time of destruction

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. The Caledonian Sky cruise ship ruined a wide area of coral reef in Raja Ampat on Saturday, March 4th. Photo from Stay Raja Ampat Facebook account

British cruise ship destroys one of world's best coral reefs

Mar 13, 2017 - 12:39 AM

UPDATED The incident caused damage to Crossover Reef in Raja Ampat Indonesia which has been voted among the best diving spots in the world

EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. The Caledonian Sky cruise ship ruined a wide area of coral reef in Raja Ampat on Saturday, March 4th. Photo from Stay Raja Ampat Facebook account

Gene editing mulled for improving livestock

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:19 AM

Scientists and consumer groups say there is not enough evidence yet to shed light on the potential risks of gene editing particularly regarding its trickle down effects on the environment and the ecosystem

This photo taken on August 11, 2013 shows cows standing patiently as they are milked on a dairy farm near Cambridge in New Zealand's Waikato region. William West/AFP

Palawan’s natural assets to undergo recreational services accounting

Dec 03, 2016 - 11:00 AM

We need to protect these assets to make them sustainable says World Bank consultant Reynaldo Fulleros

PRISTINE BEACH. San Vicente Island in Palawan. Photo from Keith Anthony Fabro

A test for local climate adaptation

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:00 PM

What does local climate change adaptation look like? Two LGUs in Mindanao will now be able to carry out local adaptation projects funded by the People s Survival Fund

PREPARED FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Lanuza residents living near the coast, like this fisherman say they have little knowledge of the impacts of climate change except that, when a typhoon is coming, they should heed the instructions of local authorities. Photo credit: VJ Villafranca/Oxfam

Rappler Talk: Surprises from the Benham expedition

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Watch Rappler s interview with marine scientist Marianne Pan Saniano here live

Scientists discover 'bright spots': A miracle in Indonesia’s depleting marine life

Jun 16, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Given the widespread depletion of coral reef fisheries globally we were really excited to find these bright spots that were faring much better than we anticipated

MARINE LIFE. Coral reef in Bali, Indonesia on 21 January 2011 suffering from mass coral bleaching on reefs. EPA/The Nature Conservancy/Joanne Wilson

Latest Benham Rise expedition reveals vast coral ecosystem

Jun 07, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Collectively among the decades of experience studying the ocean that we have aboard the ship no one has ever seen reefs like this says Margot Stiles of Oceana Philippines

'VAST AND PRISTINE'. Marine scientists head to Benham Rise for a week-long expedition. All photos from Oceana Philippines

How fossil fuels destroy biodiversity

Apr 13, 2016 - 11:01 AM

If the Philippines continues to depend on fossil fuels it will undoubtedly worsen the conditions of wildlife in the country and subsequently our well being as a society

Graphic by Nico Villarete / Rappler. Images courtesy Shutterstock.

Decline of bees, other pollinators, threatens crop output – UN body

Feb 26, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A UN body says healthy populations of pollinators are critical to ensuring stable fruit and vegetable output

IN DANGER. A UN body says many wild bees and butterflies have been declining in abundance.

Loss, damages, interventions in Iloilo town's seas

Jan 08, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Concepcion a small town in Iloilo uses a combination of different interventions to restore their coastal and marine ecosystems after it was damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda

MARINE LIFE. Concepcion, a town in Iloilo, employs various forms of intervention to restore the health of their seas. Image courtesy of AIMS/EPA

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

PH hits China for coral damage: 'Close to catastrophic'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:04 AM

In The Hague the Philippines also slams China s deliberate policy to physically expel Filipinos from parts of the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE TEAM. The Philippines’ lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler (1st from right), speaks with Professor Philippe Sands (2nd) while Professor Alan Boyle (3rd) is in the background as Manila presents its arguments against Beijing in The Hague. Photo by Abigail Valte

Sustainable development of the APEC ocean and seas

Nov 18, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Nations must work toward building a sustainable ocean based blue economy

Looking back at OLX's pioneering path in PH tech

May 23, 2015 - 11:02 AM

‘Always listen to your users’ feedback but find a way to strike a balance between catering to their needs and paving a unique experience for them ’ says OLX’s RJ David

Rappler Talk: OLX PH's R.J. David on growing a startup business

May 23, 2015 - 9:13 AM

How can a tech startup have staying power?

Sachet effect and the digital economy

Apr 08, 2015 - 1:00 PM

3 prominent technopreneurs in the Philippines discuss the ins and outs of the local digital economy

EcoWEB: Helping Mindanao farmers rise from conflict

Mar 10, 2015 - 6:27 PM

How has one social enterprise helped Mindanao farmers produce more and rise above their vulnerability to conflict?

WOKING TOGETHER. Individuals from the civil society of Nunungan gather to participate and discuss the government’s poverty reduction program. Photo from the EcoWEB Facebook page

269,000 tons of plastic litter world's oceans – study

Dec 11, 2014 - 8:52 AM

The findings show that larger plastic debris usually lingers around the coast but gets churned into tiny particles further from shore – and make their way into the food chain

SHARING THE WATER. Fish swim near a plastic bag along a coral reef off the coast of the Red Sea resort town of Naama Bay, Egypt, 01 August 2007. Mike Nelson/EPA

Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking – UN

Nov 13, 2014 - 11:24 AM

More needed to be done to ensure protected areas are appropriately located in areas important for biodiversity and ecosystem services are effectively and equitably managed and are well connected

View of two blacknecked storks at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, in Cano Negro, Costa Rica, on 27 March 2012. Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Scientists sound alarm over ocean acidification

Oct 08, 2014 - 2:22 PM

Rising acidity will have damaging consequences for shellfish corals and other calcium making organisms which play a vital part in the food web

PEEK-A-BOO. This photo taken on September 22, 2014 shows fish looking out from the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. William West/AFP

Human resource needs threatens deep-water ecosystems

Feb 17, 2014 - 9:00 PM

The doubling of the world s population over the past five decades is putting great strain on the deep sea ecosystems

To protect Amazon, Colombia enlarges nature reserve

Aug 22, 2013 - 5:15 PM

With the increase Colombia s Chiribiquete nature reserve now sprawls over 2 8 million hectares making it the biggest of the country s 58 natural parks

To save corals, save the forests - study

Jun 05, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Study: Climate change driven declines are outweighed by the impact of deforestation

Aerial view of a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

The wild, unspoiled beauty of Danjugan Island

Aug 13, 2012 - 8:44 PM

It is nature s perfect getaway and classroom

GIANT CLAMS IN DANJUGAN. A few reach up to almost one meter in diameter. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang